Software Developer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Contract Duration: 3 years

Grading: 5 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here

Job Description
Are you a software developer or engineer looking for an exciting opportunity?

We are looking for a talented Java and Ruby on Rails developer. You will join the Literature Services team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

The Literature Services Team leads the development and maintenance of Europe PMC, a large repository of over 32 million full text biomedical research articles and abstracts. These records are supplemented with links to biological databases, citation networks, and semantic annotation. Europe PMC is funded by 27 funders of biological and biomedical research across Europe, led by the Wellcome Trust. 

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 22 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
Have you worked in software development with Java and Ruby on Rails? Have you processed large datasets in a production environment? We look at experience first. Most of our technology jobs also require a bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science or another relevant field, or equivalent experience.

We are looking for:

  • Experienced developers in Java and Ruby on Rails.
  • Knowledge of any of the following technologies will be an asset: Swing, Hibernate, Solr, Oracle, Mongo, Vagrant, Slanger, Redis, Rake, Perl, jQuery, AngularJS.

Unix/Linux command line skills, shell scripting and common command-line tools are always in demand as is experience with development tools: Git, issue tracking software (JIRA).
You will need to be familiar with best practices in software design and Agile processes. 'Traditional' compute-farm processing (LSF/SGE) or next-generation processing frameworks (Hadoop/Luigi) will be an advantage.

Good communication is crucial to the success of our projects, so you need to be able to maintain good working relationships and build new ones. The ability to work independently, efficiently and within defined deadlines is expected, but what we are really looking for is commitment to delivering high-quality public services for the advancement of science.

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.

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.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women.

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