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Principal Software Developer - Sandhu Faculty

Salary range: £38989 to £49602 pa plus excellent benefits.

Three years fixed term.

Come design the tools and infrastructure to enable next-generation healthcare

We are seeking a creative Principal Software Developer to join a team of highly skilled individuals working on Global Health and Population Science under the leadership of Dr. Manj Sandhu.

The successful candidate will lead the design and implementation of a portal and the requisite data management infrastructures for accessing federated sources of health data in the UK and overseas. The post will involve working and sharing ideas with broad-minded developers, to push technical boundaries. The work will be in close collaboration with Dr Jat Singh and colleagues at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

As part of the partnership between The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and The Uganda Medical Informatics Centre (UMIC), the Global Health and Populations group is facilitating the storage and analysis of an unprecedented health data resource hosted at the UMIC. In this context, the role will be pivotal in the design and implementation of a secure (cloud-hosted) data access and integration portal, and the associated data security, management and provenance frameworks necessary for facilitating remote data access and computation in the context of e-Health infrastructures.

Note: We seek candidates with a strong background in data & systems integration, management and security

Experience in an academic or industrial health context is not required.

The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of cloud infrastructure and data security/audit techniques and technologies. In addition to excellent technical skills, the role requires ability to work independently and effectively as part of a multidisciplinary, culturally diverse team under pressure, on a constantly changing environment.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Degree in Computer Science or in a related quantitative field (e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Bioinformatics) coupled with substantial experience in software development.
  • Significant experience in C/C++, and a high-level of skill in other programming languages (e.g. Go, Haskell, Java, Perl, Python, R, Ruby, Scala).
  • Solid understanding of Linux/POSIX based operating systems, libraries, and tools. Experience in kernel development a definite plus.
  • Experience with cloud virtualisation and management technologies (e.g. CernVM, Docker, Xen, LXC, KVM, OpenStack).
  • Experience in common engineering practices and associated tools (e.g. version control, agile development, extreme programming).
  • Extensive coding experience, preferably where outputs were used by others (i.e. in an academic or industrial context), and in customising existing software packages, particularly in complex systems environments.
  • Familiarity with user interface design, especially using modern web-­‐based technologies (e.g. "HTML5").
  • Experience with large scale data analysis (involving hundreds of gigabytes or more) using distributed computing clusters with scheduling/batch processing systems (e.g. LSF, Mesos, SLURM, Pegasus, Grid Engine).
  • A solid understanding of issues surrounding data security and privacy.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to think critically, pay attention to detail and to work to tight timelines.
  • An interest in scientific research and a strong intellectual curiosity.

Ideal Skills

  • Practical software development experience, either in an academic or industrial environment. Especially relevant is contributions to open-source initiatives.
  • Experience in areas where data privacy and security is paramount.
  • Relevant professional security and/or auditing certifications (e.g. CISSP, GSEC, SABSA, CISM, CISA, etc.)
  • Exposure to data provenance methodologies, particularly in data-driven research environments.
  • Experience with relational and non-­‐relational databases (e.g. MongoDB, CouchDB, Titan, Neo4j, Cassandra, MySQL/MariaDB, PostgreSQL).
  • A familiarity with statistics (e.g. statistical distributions, significance tests, inference).
  • Knowledge of machine learning and algorithmic techniques (e.g. agent-­‐based computing, artificial intelligence, dynamic programming, game theory, Gibbs sampling, hidden Markov models, information theory).

Other information

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. Our goal is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and will soon host Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation and supports learning by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus. Its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.

To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops.

Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Workplace Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30, plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

Closing date for applications: 10th April 2017; however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline