About the team/job
An exciting opportunity has been created for a full stack software developer to work on the development of the ChEBI database (https://www.ebi.ac.uk/chebi/), which contains detailed information on small molecule compounds in biology. ChEBI is a very widely used resource, with a growing user base numbered in the hundreds of thousands and with millions of accesses every year. In addition, ChEBI provides molecular data to many of the key global biological databases upon which researchers in the biosciences are increasingly reliant. We recently received funding from the BBSRC to rewrite and improve the software and data infrastructure of ChEBI so that it can continue to fulfil this critical role in the future. This "new ChEBI" will be developed using modern software technologies, making it easier to support, and will be more flexible, efficient and sustainable. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to work on a significant and widely-used software resource.
The successful candidate will be based in the Chemical Biology Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and will closely with other members of the team, together with other groups at EMBL-EBI and collaborators as required. Among other contributions to the project, s/he will be responsible for developing the REST web services, the new web interface, a unified annotation tool and data export pipelines. In addition to having relevant software engineering and programming skills you will need to have excellent attention to detail, good communication skills and be able to interact not only with other software engineers but also with ChEBI’s many users.
Your role will include the following:
- Develop key elements of the “new ChEBI” database and resource including the REST web services, the new web interface, a unified annotation tool and data export pipelines
- Interact with key users of ChEBI at EMBL-EBI and our global collaborators to actively solicit feedback as the project progresses
- Be an active member of the chemical biology team of software engineers, curators and scientists
- Interact with the wider ChEBI user community, for example at events such as workshops and conferences
- Contribute to the broader goals of the team and EMBL-EBI in developing resources for the scientific community
- A post-graduate qualification or equivalent in Information Technology, Computer Science, Bioinformatics or a related discipline
- Proficiency using a command line UNIX/Linux environment
- A strong command of Python, preferably using Django
- Experience with RESTful API development
- Proficiency with relational databases such as PostgreSQL
- Familiarity with search engines such as ElasticSearch
- Experience of the full software development cycle including design, implementation, testing, version control and deployment
- Experience developing web interfaces with modern frameworks such as Vue.js
- Willingness to learn new skills as the project requires
- Self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Excellent communication, interpersonal and English language skills
You might also have
- Experience working with Docker and Kubernetes
- Knowledge of cheminformatics methods and toolkits (e.g. RDKit)
- Prior experience working in a multidisciplinary scientific environment
- Experience creating and managing complex data processing pipelines
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, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, 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, 10 days of 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 fixed-term 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.
- How to apply: To apply please submit a cover letter and a CV through our online system. We aim to provide a response within two weeks after the closing date: 11 Oct 2021.