Software Developer - Perl / SQL

Salary: £27,589 - £38,067 per annum dependent on experience.

We are looking for an enthusiastic software developer/engineer with particular experience in Perl and SQL to join our successful COSMIC team located at the Sanger Institute, near Cambridge in the UK.

COSMIC (http://cancer.sanger.ac.uk) is a large cancer genetics database & websystem designed to hold the world’s knowledge on DNA mutations in human cancer, providing multiple methods to mine complex data for new discoveries. We are currently looking to enhance the system by adding new types of information; this will require the creation of new reliable and automated software to pipeline biological data into our database, and novel tools to mine it.

Working closely within the existing COSMIC team, this role will systematically identify genomic datasets from major international sources such as the ICGC and TCGA, create a relational database to store them and build software to automatically annotate and upload the data. An important focus will be to ensure the efficient and precise management of pipelines and database systems to maximise the accuracy and speed of data migration. The development of analysis tools will be determined within the team, and also in discussion with our scientific collaborators. All the data curated and all the systems built will be made publicly and freely available to maximise the usefulness of COSMIC, with the ultimate aim of supporting the development of improved therapies against human cancer.

Job Family
Informatics
Job Reference
81374
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Essential Skills

Good degree in Computer Science or Bioinformatics, or significant professional experience

Familiarity with developing in UNIX/Linux environment

Software engineering skills with a primary focus on using PERL across large datasets and databases

ORACLE/MySQL relational databases

Enjoy working as part of a team.

Ideal Skills

CGI Web development, experience of biological data.

Other information

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute operates at the forefront of genomics, sequencing and analyses targeting a wide range of genomes from single cell pathogens to higher vertebrates, with an emphasis on genomes relevant to human medicine and welfare.  The Cancer Genome Project at the Institute has led the way in the systematic analysis of cancer genomes by using the human genome sequence and high throughput mutation detection techniques to identify somatically acquired sequence variants/mutations and hence identify genes critical in the development of human cancers (http://www.sanger.ac.uk/genetics/CGP/).

This position is fixed-term for 2 years, with a possible extension for a third year.

Please state your current salary in the covering letter.

Closing Date: 22 February 2013.