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Software Developer

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

Staff category
Staff Member

Contract duration
3 years

Grading
5 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 after tax). For more information about pay and benefits click here

Reference number
EBI_01125

Job description
We are looking for a talented python software engineer to join the the Open Targets Core team. You will be involved in running large-scale biological data analysis and integration and developing the REST API powering the Open Targets platform at www.targetvalidation.org.

The main responsibilities will involve design and implementation of backend micro-services and data processing pipelines in Python on Unix-based systems, and maintenance of those services in a cloud environment (Google Cloud or AWS).

You will join a startup-like environment, where we use a range of modern technologies and we continously look for improvement. We work following Agile practices and you are encouraged to take ownership of what you work on.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a growing project at the interface of academic and industry research (www.opentargets.org).

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 23 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 experience in software development with Python (at least 3 years), possibly in a similar role. DevOps experience would be ideal, as well as having working knowledge in bioinformatics. Exposure to the following technologies is desirable: REST API, Elasticsearch, Redis, Flask, AngularJS, Docker, CoreOS stack.

Experience of working in a continuous deployment environment, with source control and managed releases is required. A proven track record of working on large-scale data analysis projects and understanding the challenges posed by collaborative projects, including flexibility, tight deadlines, and use of state of the art approaches. Previous experience of working on other biological data projects will be an advantage. Should have the ability to work in a highly-collaborative Agile team, interfacing with web developers and UX designer.

Benefits
You will hold a degree in computer science or bioinformatics, or a degree in biological sciences and a post-graduate qualification in computer science or bioinformatics. Experience working in genomics, insect biology, epidemiology, or bioinformatics is highly desirable, but not essential.

A minimum of two years professional programming experience or research experience with next generation sequencing data is needed. Experience of working in a dynamic, team-based environment and contributing to a shared code-base is desirable.

You must be highly self-motivated, and be able to work independently and manage your time effectively. You must also be open to working in a production team (willing to conform and contribute to standard working practices); and are expected to have good communication skills, written and verbal, both to facilitate effective communications with other team members and to communicate with external collaborators and users.

The successful candidate will have good knowledge of Perl, though experience in other scripting languages (e.g. Python, JavaScript) or compiled languages (e.g. Java) will also be taken into consideration. Knowledge of relational database management systems (e.g. MySQL), writing SQL statements and designing database schemas is essential. Experience of using Ensembl, indexing systems (e.g.Solr), handling large data sets, workflow management systems for distributed computing (e.g. LSF, SGE), NoSQL database technologies, and of the use of biological ontologies for data annotation, are all desirable.

How to apply
To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

Please apply online via www.embl.org/jobs.

Closing date: 18 February 2018

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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