Senior Scientific Programmer - Pathogen Informatics

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Fixed-term for 2 years

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic Scientific Programmer to work within the Pathogen Informatics team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. 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 develop and maintain genome annotation pipelines for protozoan parasites and pathogenic fungi species.

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. Having sclabale and robust pipelines that produce high quality genome annotation is key to interpreting the underlying genetics for disease causation and severity.

The Pathogen Informatics team follows 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 test-driven 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)
  • Significant programming experience in one or more programming languages (e.g. Perl, Python, C etc.)
  • 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
  • An ability to learn quickly on the job with excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • 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
  • Knowledge of relational database systems and manipulation via SQL
  • Experience with agile software development methods
  • Experience of test driven development

Other information

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. Our goal is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

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.

Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Workplace Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30, plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.

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 contact and please include a covering letter and CV with your application. 

This is a fixed-term 2 year position and applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis