Senior Software Developer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 6 (monthly salary starting at £2,855 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Senior Software Developer to work in the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge (UK).

The successful applicant will work with a focused team of developers, bioinformaticians, and user support personnel providing services for the archival and distribution of controlled-access human genetic and phenotypic data to users worldwide. The EGA is an international collaboration, and you will have the opportunity to gain expertise both in software engineering and biological scientific data modelling. We are active participants in the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) to design, develop, and implement open standards to enable responsible human genomic data sharing.

The main responsibilities on the backend will be the design and implementation of Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) pipelines and APIs for the management, transfer and analysis of genetic data. Most of the software components are implemented as microservices in Java using Spring Boot. The team software development life cycle is managed using agile methodologies and will require the structured use of Git, JIRA and Confluence in a collaborative programming environment. Familiarity with Continuous Integration is desirable.

You will engage in both internal and external (national and international) collaborations and will have the opportunity to gain expertise both in terms of technical software engineering and biological scientific data modelling.

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.

Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate will hold a bachelor or higher degree in computer science or similar. Experience in the genomics and bioinformatics domain is desirable and an interest to learn the biological domain area while on the job is required.

You must have the following experience:

  • Java programming (ideally 3 years experience)
  • Spring framework, particularly for interaction with databases, REST web services and batch processing. Knowledge of Spring Boot would be beneficial.
  • Relational databases, preferably PostgreSQL
  • Docker containers
  • Familiarity with working in unix environments
  • Working in a professional or academic context in multi-person team production projects

The following would be desirable:

  • Development of distributed applications, e.g. using Spring Cloud
  • Familiarity with continuous Integration
  • NoSQL databases
  • Scripting languages frequently used in bioinformatics such as Python, Perl or R

 The ability to work within a team is critical to this position. Excellent communication skills and an ability to work to tight deadlines are essential. A willingness to review code and participate in refactoring, design, and testing is more important than specific bioinformatics domain experience.

The Senior Software Developer will be required to communicate technical documents, lead the daily Scrum stand-up and code reviews, as well as provide user oriented communication with external and internal users of the systems.

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