Job Details
Software Engineer



Staff Category:

Staff Member

Contract Duration:

3 years


5 or 6 (monthly salary starting at £2,507 after tax plus mobility and other allowances where applicable)

Closing Date:

27th November 2017

Reference Number:

Job Description
We are seeking to recruit an experienced Software Engineer to join the Protein Function development team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

You will take on a Software developer role working in a highly dynamic software engineering and bioinformatics team with responsibility for the development and maintenance of major international biological data resources, UniProt and the Gene Ontology annotation.

You will manage and develop software supporting a new international integration platform in glycoscience. You will be responsible for the design, development and maintenance of software for the Java data service providing biological annotations to resource platform aimed at the scientific community and computational biologists. The role involves close interaction with the GlyGen international consortium and team members. You are expected to be innovative and work with the team in the of the current software components as well as to evaluate and promote new software methods, tools and programming models for a robust and interoperable programming framework.
The primary responsibilities include:
  • Design, development and maintenance of software for the GlyGen data integration platform
  • Assist with programming standards to promote best practices
  • Support the resource production and release pipelines
  • Engage and coordinate work with different teams in the organization
  • Assist with innovative programming and web semantic technologies including RDF.
At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.
Qualifications and Experience
You will have a background in computing, and/or bioinformatics. Proven work experience of programming with Java and RDF Semantic Web standards are essential.

You will be familiar with relational databases (preferably Oracle) and have a general understanding of NoSQL databases, as well as knowledge of SQL and Unix shell scripting (preferably bash).
You will also be familiar with standard development tools (continuous integration e.g. Jenkins, build management e.g. Maven, and source code management systems e.g. GIT, etc). Knowledge of Perl and/or Python would be advantageous, and knowledge of JavaScript and frameworks such as AngularJS would be beneficial.

You will be able to work as part of a focused team, but at the same time self-driven and able to work independently. You will be a structured worker with good communication skills.
EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.
Application Instructions
To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.
Additional Information
Applications are welcome from all nationalities - visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

This position is limited to the project duration specified.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.

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