Software Engineer
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:24th June 2018
Reference Number:EBI_01222

Job Description

Are you looking for a challenging role in software development? The Protein Function development team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is looking for an experienced and motivated Java developer to work in one of the most prominent database services 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.

If you are software developer with experience in Java, REST APIs, XML/JSON, Spring, Unix/Linux then this is the job for you. You will be responsible for the design, coding, testing, documentation and maintenance of software for the Java data service providing biological annotations to resource platform and web front-end aimed to the scientific community and computational biologists. The role involves close interaction with software developers within an international consortium and team members. You are expected to be innovative and work with the team in current and new software components as well as to evaluate and promote new software methods, tools and programming models for a robust and interoperable programming framework.

The primary responsibilities include:

  • Design, code, test, document and maintenance of software for the group’s data services
  • Develop software for web applications back-ends
  • Assist with programming standards to promote best practices
  • Support and maintain the resource production and service release
  • Engage and coordinate work with different teams in the organization
  • Assist with innovative programming and big data technologies

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 Java development.

You will also be familiar with standard development tools, e.g., Jenkins for continuous integration, Maven build management, GIT source code management, search engine technologies, etc. Experience developing REST applications with containerisation / cloud deployment would be advantageous.

You will be familiar with relational databases (preferably Oracle) and have a general understanding of NoSQL databases, as well as knowledge of SQL and Unix shell scripting (preferably bash).

You will be able to work as part of a focussed team, but at the same time self-driven and able to work independently. You will be a structured worker with good communication skills.

Benefits

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.