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DECIPHER Developer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) - Genes, Genomes & Variation

About the team/job

DECIPHER  brings together genetic variation and clinical symptoms in patients with undiagnosed genetic disorders, to facilitate the interpretation of human genetic variation.
DECIPHER has a track record of aiding collaboration within the clinical community to identify novel disorders, and of translating insights from EMBL-EBI services (and other leading resources) into real-world clinical practice.

This has led to hundreds of publications each year, and has resulted in thousands of diagnoses, particularly in the area of developmental disorders.

We seek a developer to join the team in this role you will be working alongside two existing developers and a project manager and be in weekly contact with scientists and healthcare professionals to implement the latest approaches from research and clinical practice into the DECIPHER platform. 

Your role

In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop (or utilise) your domain area expertise in human genetics while working with a modern technology stack. DECIPHER is a web application recently rewritten in Node using Vue, Nuxt.js, and Express, with a PostgreSQL database, using Sequelize as an ORM. Application tests run with Jest; database schema changes are managed with Sqitch, and deployment happens via GitLab CI.

As a developer in the DECIPHER team, your activities will include:

  • Designing and implementing appropriate data structures and user interfaces to capture and represent information relating to the human genome and knowledge about genetic disorders.
  • Investigating, retrieving and reshaping data from other resources.
  • Participating in review of your code and that of other developers in the team.
  • Writing tests to demonstrate that code works (or doesn’t).
  • Identifying causes of performance issues and resource usage and developing optimisations to maintain a responsive and stable service.
  • Responding to bug reports and requests for support or new features, working with stakeholders to understand requirements.
  • Liaising with other groups at EMBL-EBI and externally, to advocate for improvements which would benefit DECIPHER, and to agree standards for data representation.
  • Participating in demonstrations of the team’s work. 

You have

  • Developed software in JavaScript (Node.js or browser-based).
  • Worked with relational databases, including designing tables, views, and constraints.
  • Worked in a collaborative professional software development environment.
  • A desire to produce a consistent and compelling user experience.
  • Confidence using command-line tools and version control.
  • An understanding of modern software development practices and tooling e.g. Continuous Integration/Deployment, automated testing, linting, performance benchmarking. 

You might also have

  • Experience in developing reactive, data-driven web applications in JavaScript frameworks such as Vue, React, or Angular.
  • Experience working with SVG and/or HTML canvas to visualise data.
  • Familiarity with scripting languages such as Bash, Perl, Python.
  • Prior experience or qualifications in bioinformatics or human genetics. 

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 required)
  • 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 contract, renewable to a maximum of 9 years. 
  • 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, near Cambridge, UK. You will be required to relocate if you are based overseas and you will receive a generous relocation package to support you.
  • How to apply: To apply please submit a cover letter and a CV through our online system
Location: Hinxton
Salary: Grade 5 or 6 (monthly salary starting at £2,809 or £3,143 after tax) + other paid benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd November 2021
Closes: 3rd January 2022
Job Ref: EBI01953
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