Dev Ops Engineer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: EMBL-EBI Hinxton
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 5 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 after tax). For information about pay and benefits click here 

Job Description
Are you a highly motivated full stack software engineer who wants to join an exciting international consortium to help build a comprehensive catalogue of gene function? Do you have the motivation to develop new skills in the latest software systems and deployment technologies? If so, this position is for you!

The IMPC is a G7 recognised global research infrastructure that coordinates the production and phenotyping of thousands of new mutant mouse strains to better understand human health. Over the last five years, we have made 20,000 new gene-phenotype associations from 26 million data points collected from a diverse set of standardised phenotype tests, with all data being archived, analysed and disseminated by our team.

As part of an exciting new phase, we are relaunching the portal with an emphasis on data visualisation and tooling to support machine learning. This opportunity will enable you to apply your system administration and configuration management skills to resources that play a crucial role into research with human genetic diseases and aging. You will also have the opportunity to develop, learn and extend exciting new techniques in deep learning to help researchers make new discoveries in our rich phenotyping resource.

You’ll be part of a multi-disciplinary team passionate about representing and querying semantically annotated data. Your primary responsibilities will be to support and extend existing data processing pipelines, and work closely with the developers of the large IMPC resource to find new ways to represent the existing data. 

You’ll be working within Mouse Informatics at EBI alongside a diverse and international team of developers, bioinformaticians and ontologists that make up the wider Samples, Phenotypes, and Ontologies (SPOT) team. You will collaborate closely with the team, who have a range of expertise in semantics, data analytics, image analysis and 3D image display. You will also be collaborating with other groups at EMBL-EBI and external collaborators, both within the UK and internationally, to improve our websites. 

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Qualifications and Experience
You will be qualified to degree level in either computer sciences or bioinformatics:

  • Fluent with Linux system administration
  • Experience with common process automation technologies – Jenkins, Bamboo, Ansible, or similar
  • Well-versed with operational support environments, systems design and development
  • Willing to take ownership of existing data pipeline and implement new automation and container technologies
  • Solid working knowledge of a systems / scripting language (BASH, Python, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of a server side programming language (we use Java)
  • Experience with, or eager to learn, Java software project management tools, i.e. Maven, Nexus, etc.
  • Superb communication skills
  • Ability to work independently while also interacting in a team environment

Additionally, these qualifications would be considered desirable:

  • Experience with Ruby on Rails
  • Involvement with model organism databases
  • Working knowledge, or eager to learn, modern deployment strategies – Docker, Kubernetes, etc.
  • Familiarity with indexing and database technologies (e.g. SolR, Lucene, ElasticSearch, MySQL, Neo4J)
  • Interacting with RESTful APIs
  • Experience with the Java Spring framework family of technologies
  • Working knowledge of version control, git and github in particular
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