Full Stack Software Engineer (2 positions)

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: EMBL-EBI Hinxton
Staff Category: Supernumerary
Contract Duration: 12 months
Grading: 5 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 after tax).

Job Description
We are seeking to recruit two enthusiastic, highly motivated Full-stack Software Engineers to work at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

You will be working in the Technology Science Integration group on a series of projects benefitting EMBL-EBI’s internal and external communities. This work may include:

  • Deploying, developing and integrating technologies provide functionality such as:
  1. a portal allowing creation of bespoke cloud deployments
  2. a service to provide authorization and profile functionality to a range of products
Evaluating new tools and technologies for integration into our service offering coming from the open-source communities Assisting development teams in troubleshooting production issues

You will be working with members of EMBL-EBI’s Technical Services Cluster (to integrate your software with the other services operated at EMBL-EBI and from other service providers) and with internal and external users (to gather their initial requirements and support their use of your software) supported through internally and externally funded projects.

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 23 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer.

Qualifications and Experience
You will have a bachelor’s degree or higher in computer science, software development or have equivalent experience and demonstrated experience in full-stack web applications development (i.e. back-end and front-end tiers, including web-based clients, programmatic access APIs, and data access layers). Java technologies and frameworks (e.g. Spring) are widely used within the organization, so experience is required, together with modern component-based front-end technologies (e.g. Angular). Scripting language experience such as Perl/Python is also desirable.

Prior work experience should include substantial experience in software development in a team environment and supporting production systems in an academic or commercial setting. The ability to work within a team is critical to this position and excellent communication skills, verbal and written, are essential. The software engineer will be required to communicate technical documents, take part in the daily Scrum, as well as provide user orientated communication with external and internal users of the systems. An ability to work to tight deadlines is essential as are excellent English language skills and the ability to work with minimal direction when making technical decisions.

Desirable skills include:

  • Previous experience evaluating open-source software and its subsequent integration to a production system
  • Familiarity with agile development practices and the full software development lifecycle in a team environment
  • Experience with VM and/or container deployment in public or private cloud environments
  • Experience of working within a dev/ops environment

You will be able to pay attention to detail but also meet deadlines. You will also demonstrate innovation and a willingness to take on new challenges.

Additional Information
The positions are limited to the contract duration specified, since these are maternity cover roles.

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