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Full Stack Developer (VGNC)

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) - Service Teams

Advertised Grade-Grading:

Grade 5 or 6 (monthly salary starting from £2,809.49 or £3,143.06 after tax) plus other paid benefits

Contract Duration-Length of Time (years/months):

1 year 5 months 

About the team/job

The Vertebrate Gene Nomenclature Committee is an extension of the established HGNC project, and is responsible for assigning standardized names to genes in selected vertebrate species.

The successful post-holder will be responsible for developing and maintaining the VGNC website using similar templates and frameworks as the HGNC website, developing and extending the HGNC/VGNC REST API and creating other tools and services to expose the data to the public. 

Your role

The successful post-holder will be working alongside a team comprising one other full stack developer and 6 curators. They will be responsible for developing and maintaining the VGNC website using similar templates and frameworks as the HGNC website, developing and extending the HGNC/VGNC REST API and creating other tools and services to expose the data to the public. They will also be responsible for developing and maintaining internal web tools, which the VGNC curators and collaborators will use to check and submit data for individual genes and gene groups. A significant part of the role is developing and maintaining the pipelines responsible for mapping cross-references, creating automated nomenclature calls, and exporting the data to the public services.

The VGNC project interacts with other resources hosted at the EMBL-EBI, particularly Ensembl and UniProt, and other international organisations and resources, so the post-holder must be confident in liaising with members of these projects. In collaboration with the rest of the VGNC and HGNC team members, the post-holder will be expected to interact with users of the VGNC, answering helpdesk questions and presenting the project at conferences and other meetings. 

You have 

  • Educated to MSc level (or above) in a computational or related discipline or have a demonstrable equivalent level of experience.
  • Experience writing robust, quality code in a production environment.
  • Experience of implementing development practices such as revision control etc.
  • Experience in web development including using JavaScript frameworks such as Angular and JQuery.
  • Experience in developing APIs that interface with backend databases.
  • Experience in relational databases (MySQL and/or PostgreSQL), programmatic access, schema design and optimisation.
  • Experience in software version control using git, github and gitlab.
  • Knowledge of Unix/Linux.
  • Ability to learn new languages, frameworks and techniques quickly.
  • Attention to detail and ability to problem solve when issues arise.
  • Experienced in Perl development or similar programming language.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Team player, as well as an ability to work on problems and development in isolation. 

You might also have

  • Knowledge of genetics and molecular biology.
  • Background in bioinformatics.
  • Understanding of the requirements of scientific service delivery.
  • Competency in working on team projects.
  • Experience in construction and use of containers (e.g. Docker)
  • Experience working with cloud computing solutions.
  • Experience with search engine servers (e.g. Solr, Elastic)
  • Ability to articulate complex technical problems to non-specialists. 

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, 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 project based role until April 2023
  • 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: €2,809.49 to €3,143.06
£2,387.15 to £2,670.57 converted salary* monthly starting salary after tax; Grade 5 or 6
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th October 2021
Closes: 22nd November 2021
Job Ref: EBI01921
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