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European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) - Genome Analysis

About the team/job

We are seeking a Bioinformatician, with a particular proficiency or willingness to learn to understand and write production level code. You will join the Agriculture and Biodiversity Coordination Team, part of the Genome Analysis Team at the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). The team provides data coordination services and data portals for partners around the world. With underlying infrastructure for these services based on EMBLs large and long standing data resources – this is an opportunity to rise to the challenges of ‘big data’ and make contributions that advance the reach and utility of sequence data.

Your role

This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to the Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes (FAANG; project. You will be responsible for support and development of software to handle data curation, coordination, validation, distribution and visualisation for three FAANG consortiums each with a different species and scientific focus (AQUA-FAANG, BovReg and GENE-SWitCH).

You will work with these large scientific communities to define and implement metadata standards, develop software to validate and improve data descriptions and develop, and extend, existing web data portals such as ( to meet the specific needs of each consortium. The data portals will include Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and bespoke data visualisation and presentation solutions.  You will also support efforts for the development of standardised containerised workflows and cloud platform integration. As part of this team, you will have many opportunities to engage with data generators, project users, and collaborators, to which you will provide guidance and support on utilisation of the teams software and support users to provide rich metadata descriptions.  You will work with a range of archives at EMBL-EBI to support the livestock community in sharing and gaining access to well described, high quality sample and genomic data.

You have

You should have a bachelors or higher degree, or have equivalent experience in Bioinformatics, Genetics, Computer Science, or related fields. We are particularly looking for someone with an already proven proficiency or willingness to learn to produce production level code. Excellent communication skills and an ability to work to tight deadlines are essential. The post holder will be required to communicate technical documents, take part in code reviews, as well as provide user-oriented communication with external and internal users of the systems. Required experience:

  • Python
  • RESTful APIs
  • Basic understanding of Javascript
  • Proficiency with database connectivity.
  • Unix/Linux environments
  • Good understanding of ‘omics research, data and technologies.
  • Git and working in a collaborative software environment
  • Willingness to learn new skills as the project requires
  • Self-motivated and capable of working both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and English language skills

You might also have

  • Knowledge of ontology and standards development
  • Experience developing or maintaining web-based applications (html, css, Javascript frameworks such as Angular, Python web frameworks such as Django and Django Rest Framework)
  • Experience with ElasticSearch or similar data warehousing technology
  • Experience processing of biological archive data
  • Previous experience in livestock ‘omics research
  • Track Hub Development
  • Containerisation (Docker or similar) and orchestration
  • Cloud deployment
  • Tests and CI/CD

Why join us

Do something meaningful
At EMBL-EBI you can apply your talent and passion to accelerate science and tackle some of humankind's greatest challenges. EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in the storage, analysis and dissemination of large biological datasets. We provide the global research community with access to publicly available databases and tools which are crucial for the advancement of healthcare, food security, and biodiversity.

Join a culture of innovation
We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, alongside other prominent research and biotech organisations, and surrounded by beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. This is a highly collaborative and inclusive community where our employees enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. We are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their professional potential.

Enjoy lots of benefits:

  • Financial incentives: Monthly family, child and non-resident allowances, annual salary review, pension scheme including 17% employer contribution, death benefit, long-term care, accident-at-work and unemployment insurances
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
  • Generous time off: 30 days annual leave per year, in addition to eight bank holidays
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if applicable)
  • Campus life: Free shuttle bus to and from work, on-site library, subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria, casual dress code, extensive sports and social club activities (on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: On-site nursery, child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
  • Benefits for non-UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance.

For more details please see our employee benefits page

What else you need to know

  • Contract duration: This position is a 3 year contract
  • International applicants: We recruit internationally and successful candidates are offered visa exemptions. Read more on our page for international applicants
  • Diversity and inclusion: At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ+ and individuals from all nationalities. 
  • Job location: This role is based in Hinxton, UK and you will be required to relocate once it is safe to do so, if you are currently based abroad. Read more about how we are recruiting during the pandemic
  • Your application: To apply please submit a cover letter and a CV through our online system. 

Location: Hinxton
Salary: Technical Officer (gr. 4-6)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th May 2021
Closes: 21st June 2021
Job Ref: EBI01828
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