Software Developer - Pathogen Informatics

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute - IT

We are seeking to recruit an experienced Software Developer to work within the Pathogen Informatics team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

The Pathogen Informatics team develop and maintain software applications and systems to support the research activities of the Infection Genomics programme. The Infection Genomics programme conducts large-scale experiments to investigate the underpinning mechanisms of evolution, infection and resistance to therapy in viruses, bacteria and parasites. The programme also focuses on the genetics of host response to infection and the role of the microbiota in health and disease.

The Pathogen Informatics team play a key role in the the delivery of many of these large-scale pathogen projects. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing software and systems to manage, analyse, query and visualise the vast amounts of data produced by these projects, including next-generation sequence data and annotation and curation data.

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 program. The team employ a test-driven development strategy for all software development projects and strongly promote open source development using Github for all software projects.

This role would suit somebody with previous experience in the specification, design and delivery process of a software system (preferably in genomics or similar areas). The postholder will be expected to discuss and provide input for strategic decisions of the team, represent the team at internal and external meetings, and provide technical supervision to junior members of the team. Previous experience of next-generation sequencing informatics would be advantageous, although not strictly required.

Essential Skills

  • A degree in a scientific or engineering discipline (or equivalent industrial experience)
  • Significant programming experience in at least two programming languages
  • 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 and experience of UNIX/LINUX on an advanced level
  • Practical experience with running software on a compute farm
  • Knowledge of relational database systems and manipulation via SQL
  • Experience of managing large volumes of data
  • 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

Ideal Skills

  • Experience and knowledge of genome annotation and curation
  • Previous experience in modern Perl (Moose)
  • Previous people management experience
  • Experience with new sequencing technology data
  • An interest in web technologies with knowledge of HTML5 and JavaScript
  • Experience with agile software development methods
  • Experience of test driven development

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

Closing date: 25th August 2017. Please be aware that we will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis, so the position may be filled prior to this date.

 

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