JavaScript Developer
Location:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK
Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:3 years
Grading:5 or 6 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 or 2,855 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here
Closing Date:8th July 2018
Reference Number:EBI_01221

Job Description

Are you looking for a challenging role in web development? The Protein Function development team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is looking for an experienced and motivated JavaScript developer to contribute to the re-development of one of the most prominent web application in the field of biology, the Universal Protein Resource (UniProt). The Protein Function Development team is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. 

You will work closely with other JavaScript developers and UX designers to provide a cutting-edge web application for the leading resource on protein information, supporting hundreds of thousands of users in academia and industry worldwide. You will also collaborate with a highly dynamic group of software engineers, bioinformaticians and scientists in the team, across EMBL-EBI, and with our Consortium partners internationally. You will work in a team-orientated environment

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 24 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

Qualifications and Experience

You will have a postgraduate degree in Computer science or a related discipline with at least 2 years proven professional experience in web development. Experience working in bioinformatics, biological resource development and/or technical experience within scientific publishing or information science would be an advantage.


-Expert knowledge of JavaScript (ES2016 and above) and React

-Excellent knowledge of HTML5 and CSS3

-Experience building cross-platform responsive websites

-A good knowledge of modern build tools like Webpack/Rollup

-Experience with TDD and JavaScript testing frameworks

-Use of source control systems (git)

-Experience in communicating and working with expert users (e.g. in a science community) in a co-development model.


-Experience with Redux

-Experience with D3js

-Familiar with agile methodologies

-Good understanding of browser rendering behaviour and performance

There will be occasional opportunities to travel overseas to conferences.
You will be willing to learn new things and develop your skills and knowledge on the job, but you will also benefit from a range of training opportunities and seminars within the organisation.


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

Application Instructions

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

Additional Information

Applications are welcome from all nationalities - visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

The initial contract is for a period of three years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.