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Senior Software Developer

Wellcome Sanger Institute

The Garnett lab works at the cutting edge of cancer research and has an international reputation for producing large scale datasets that catalyse efforts to find new clinical cancer therapeutics. An exciting new opportunity now exists for a Senior Software Developer to join our informatics team. 

The successful applicant will build web tools to explore large scale pharmacogenomic datasets and help disseminate the findings to the worldwide community. They will work directly with lab scientists and cancer researchers to facilitate their work. Candidates should have an interest in some, or all, of the following: data science, data visualization, web development and cloud architecture. 

We use the latest genomic techniques including genome-wide CRISPR screens to find the molecular determinants of cancers and identify vulnerabilities that can be targeted by drug treatments. Our multidisciplinary team of lab scientists, data scientists and software developers work together to produce science that will have clinical impact. 

Quality software is vital to the running of our lab and in analysing the experiments we perform. Our websites allow us to share our results with the international cancer research community - we currently host three world-leading and widely used cancer therapeutics portals;-

Essential Skills

  • Software development skills, ideally in Python with working knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript 
  • Experience working with relational databases 
  • Experience building and consuming REST APIs 
  • Keen to learn and share ideas and knowledge
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team 

Ideal Skills

  • Experience with modern web development frameworks such as React, Angular or Vue 
  • Experience with dataset dashboard development, e.g. using R Shiny or Python Dash 
  • Working with scientific datasets and/or in a scientific environment 
  • Developing code in software containers (e.g. Docker) and in cloud environments (e.g. AWS, Azure, OpenStack) 
  • An interest in bioinformatics and cancer research 

Other information

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. We undertake large-scale research that forms the foundations of knowledge in biology and medicine. We are open and collaborative; we share our data, results, tools and technologies across the world to advance science. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth. Find out more at or follow us on TwitterFacebookLinkedInYoutube and on our Blog 

Our campus

Set across 130 acres, just outside of Cambridge, The Sanger Institute is located on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. Home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and creativity to solve some of humanity's greatest challenges. 

Our benefits:

There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Genome Wellcome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement. 

As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:

  • 25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
  • Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
  • Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
  • Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children
  • and Summer holiday club
  • Life Assurance Cover and a Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract of 12 months or more)
  • Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme (after 6 months service)
  • Eyecare and Dental payment plans
  • Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Genome Wellcome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

  • Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
  • A car-share initiative
  • Free parking
  • A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
  • A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

To find out more about our Genome Wellcome Campus, see here 

We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

Closing date: 20 October 2019

Location: Cambridge, Hinxton
Salary: £41,259 to £49,922 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 23rd September 2019
Closes: 20th October 2019
Job Ref: 83660
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