Web Developer - Pathogen Informatics

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Fixed-term for 2 years

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic Software Developer to work within the Pathogen Informatics team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The candidate will be responsible for setting up and extending a web application to allow community based genome annotation of protozoan parasites and pathogenic fungi. Protozoa are responsible for many of the neglected diseases (Sleeping Sickness, Chagas Disease, Leishmaniasis) that disproportionately affect the developing world. Fungi are responsible for more disease each year than malaria or tuberculosis. The candidate will work as part of an international collaboration involving software developers from the EuPathDB project at the Universities of Pennsylvania and Georgia, curators from the University of Liverpool, as well as researchers and developers in the Infection Genomics programme at the Sanger Institute to create rich user-friendly interfaces enabling the global research community to access, visualize, and interrogate genetic information on these organisms.

The team is based on the principles of agile development so that the software can be rapidly prototyped, updated regularly and receive rapid feedback from scientists in the Infection Genomics programme and wider community. The team employ a testdriven development strategy for all software development projects and strongly promote open source development using Github for all software projects.

Essential Skills

● A degree in a scientific or engineering discipline (or equivalent industrial experience)
● Experience in development of web applications
● Evidence of successful delivery in large or complex software projects and acting as a technical lead in both design and development
● Experience of object oriented development
● Knowledge of relational database systems and manipulation via SQL
● An ability to learn quickly on the job with excellent problem solving and analytical skill
● Must be self-motivated and proactive with ability to manage own workload effectively
● Strong interpersonal and communication skills
● Knowledge and experience of UNIX/Linux

Ideal Skills

● Experience and knowledge of genome annotation and curation
● Experience and knowledge of one or more of Javascript/NodeJS/Groovy
● Experience with agile software development methods
● Experience of test driven development

Other information

The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and host Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation and supports learning by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus. Its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society. To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops.

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application. 

This is a fixed-term 2 year position and closing date for applications is 3rd September 2017. Please be aware we will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis so the position may be filled prior to this date.

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