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Senior Java Developer (FIRE)

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: Cambridge, Hinxton
Salary: £2,994.54 monthly starting salary after tax (Grade 6).
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th July 2019
Closes: 29th August 2019
Job Ref: EBI01480

About the team/job

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated senior software developer to work on the UK Biobank EMBLEM project at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. The main purpose of the role is to support the containerisation and deployment of FIRE, a locally developed software-defined storage system that provides FIle Replication in our internal data centres and remote cloud environments. You will participate in extending the existing service in support of a new collaboration with the UK Biobank to provide archival and distribution of 50,000 whole-genomes.

FIRE is an established software-defined storage system based on open source software, aiming to provide fast data archival and retrieval at scale, for the many physical, virtual and container platforms managed by other EMBL-EBI service teams. FIRE is currently growing by around 1PB of new data each month and is currently undergoing a huge transformation to become a cloud-like service available to EMBL-EBI teams. You will be joining the team which maintains the legacy code and runs the service while implementing the new solution within our hybrid cloud environment.

You will be working in the Software Development and Operations team led by Sarah Butcher, within the Technical Services Cluster (TSC).

Your role

You will be involved in the design and development (end to end) of key components of the FIRE infrastructure and FIRE service. As part of our team you will continuously work to improve the reliability and performance of our service, and as a team we will be responsible for ensuring the service provided to UK Biobank, and to other existing archives, is of the highest standards.

You will design, develop, provision, monitor and maintain production-grade infrastructure for our FIRE service. You will also set up and maintain CI/CD pipelines, develop and extend internal tools to streamline and automate workflows. You will contribute to our reduction of time to production by containerising our delivery systems and improving our orchestration platforms (Kubernetes). You will also play an active role in evaluating new tools and technologies from the open-source communities. You will produce and share technical documents and user documentation, take part in the daily Scrum, and provide user orientated communication for external and internal users of the systems. 

You will use your skills to actively participate in design, implementation and release of new features, while ensuring minimal service disruption by using existing and new CI/CD components.

You will work closely alongside other software developers and DevOps software engineers in the FIRE and wider SDO teams. You will be working with early adopters at EMBL-EBI and with internal collaborators across EMBL-EBI to collect requirements and gather feedback to support the development and roll-out of the software. The overall objective of your position and our team will be to provide a stable and reliable access to a 30+ PB scale data store to help researchers focus on their job while relying on our software-defined storage. 

What else you need to know

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

This position is limited to the project duration specified.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.

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