Backend Software Developer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Contract Duration: 3 years

Job Description
We are looking for a talented python software engineer to join the the Open Targets Core team. You will be involved in running large-scale biological data analysis and integration and developing the REST API powering the platform.

The main responsibilities will involve design and implementation of backend micro-services and data processing pipelines in Python on Unix-based systems, and maintenance of those services in a cloud environment.

In addition the post will involve extensive interaction with web developers and UX team to refine and test the interface to the services.

You will join a startup-like environment, where we use a range of modern technologies and we continuously look for improvement. We work following Agile practices and you are encouraged to take ownership of what you work on.

Open Targets is a recently established public-private initiative between EMBL-EBI, GlaxoSmithKline and the Sanger Institute, to generate and integrate evidence on the validity of biological targets for drug development. The core Open Targets operations are based at the EMBL-EBI.

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.

Qualifications and Experience
You will have experience in software development with Python (at least 3 years) possibly in a similar role. DevOps experience would be ideal, as well as having working knowledge in bioinformatics. Exposure to the following technologies is desirable: REST API, Elasticsearch, Redis, Flask, AngularJS, Docker, CoreOS stack.

Experience of working in a continuous deployment environment, with source control and managed releases is required. You will have a proven track record of working on large-scale data analysis projects and understanding the challenges posed by such collaborative projects, including flexibility, tight deadlines, and use of state of the art approaches. You should have the ability to work in a highly-collaborative Agile team, interfacing with web developers and UX designers.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

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. 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.

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