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BioSamples Senior Software Developer

Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Jobs in UKJobs in EnglandFull-time

Staff category
Staff Member

Contract duration
3 years

6 (monthly salary starting at £2,944.48 after tax)

Reference number

Job description
The Archival Infrastructure and Technology team is looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated Java software developer to join the BioSamples database team.

The project:

The BioSamples database (www.ebi.ac.uk/biosamples) at EMBL-EBI is a resource that integrates biological samples from a wide variety of sources to provide a single location to apply standards and ontologies to sample data. It has grown from 14,000 samples in 2010 to over 6 million samples in 2019. In early 2018 BioSamples underwent a complete update of its infrastructure, to better support its role as EMBL-EBI central hub for samples metadata. It plays a key role in biological knowledge to the raw data, stored in the many archive databases at EBI and outside. The Biosamples team is a multidisciplinary team of bioinformaticians and programmers with experience in ontologies, databases, backend java technologies and user interfaces.

Your role
As a Senior software developer for BioSamples you will be responsible for the technical design, development, delivery, and maintenance of BioSamples services and software. On BioSamples, we use a variety of frameworks and technologies, including Solr, MongoDB, Docker and Spring – we value matching the right solution to the right problem and you will have the opportunity to improve and contribute to further development of the architecture. You’ll be expected to work on all aspects of the stack, as well as data processing pipelines behind the scenes to help acquire and process the data on the way in. You should be able to understand the full stack of a typical bioinformatics service – from database to user interface. You’ll be working within the AIT team at EBI alongside developers, bioinformaticians and ontologists. As part of your day to day job, you can expect to interact with other groups at EMBL-EBI as well as our external collaborators in order to improve submission of and access to data in the BioSamples database.

This position offers exciting opportunities, both to work as part of a team on a large, established bioinformatics database and to take the initiative in the development of new data processing and submission tools. It would be perfect for a dynamic and motivated individual, especially one with previous software development experience interested in the life sciences or bioinformatics. Opportunities will be provided for self-growth. These include working in a highly-skilled team on the Wellcome genome campus, a hub of scientific and technical expertise with many trainings and seminars available.

You have

– Several years of proven experience designing and deploying implementation of Java solutions in a production environment
– Experience with at least one other programming language, such as Python
– Knowledge of common data formats such as XML, JSON and JSON schema
– The ability to build reliable platforms, including unit tests, continuous integration and staged deployment
– Good communication skills, ability to work as part of a team of people with a range of skills and a diversity of backgrounds
– Experience of working in an agile development environment

You might also have

– Experience of leading a small development team
– Practical experience of data management
– A track record of leading or evolving development practices (e.g. you might have run post-release retrospectives in the past)
– Interest in UI design
– Familiarity with Spring Boot, Solr, MongoDB, Semantic technologies such as ontologies
– Interest in Cloud technologies

Knowledge of biology is not required, although it might be an advantage. We most value people who demonstrate that they’re eager to learn about specific aspects to support our users’ requirements.

Why join us
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. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 650 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

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. For more information about pay and benefits click here

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.

How to apply
To view a copy of the full job description please click here.

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system.

Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

Please apply online via www.embl.org/jobs

Closing date: 20 March 2019

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.

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

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