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Senior Software Developers

Salary range -  £31498 to £39729, plus excellent benefits

We are seeking up to three senior software developers with great energy, empathy, and curiosity to design and create software that enables the service delivery of globally significant scientific research at scale.

What we can offer

Genuine job satisfaction supporting large teams of scientists at one of the world’s leading research centres delivering extraordinary improvements in human and animal health.

Team work with senior and junior developers coding in Java, Javascript, Ruby, Python, SQL and noSQL technologies deployed to Linux (typically), Macintosh and Windows environments.

The opportunity to build enterprise technical solutions with virtualisation, web services and message bus technologies (OpenStack, VMware, Rabbit MQ) in an open source culture (

Professional growth and development through a dedicated training budget and exposure to all elements of the software development life cycle managed using Scrum.


Space to explore your long-term opportunities through our trained coaches and mentors program, In our most recent Employee Survey, 92% of respondents said that they feel proud to tell others that they work here.

To be part of a diverse group of over 300 on site developers helping to build great technologies to support Wellcome Trust 25 year vision for the campus (

A comfortable working environment with a first name culture, informal dress code, a company social calendar and modern offices set in the 55 acre grounds of Hinxton Hall and associated wet land reserve ten miles to the south of the charming city of Cambridge.

We welcome applications equally from those who wish to work full time (37 hours) or for a minimum of 30 hours per week via a flexible working arrangement. 

Job Reference

Essential Skills

What we require:

An upper second honours degree in Computing & IT or equivalent experience. We need you to have the aptitude to craft maintainable software systems.

An in depth knowledge of at least two programing languages one of which will be C#, Java, Python or Ruby. We need you to have experience in selecting the right language for the task.

A years’ experience or more developing multi-user concurrent systems using MVC  frameworks in an industry setting. We use Rails, J2EE, Spring, JSP, Eve, Nginx & Tomcat.

A years’ experience or more with modern software development tools and practice including test driven development and continuous integration. We use Git, Jenkins CI, TestNG, Rspec, and Mockito.

In addition, you will have experience of at least one discipline in;

  • Design, and manipulation (CRUD) of relational database systems or no SQL platforms. We use MySQL, PostgreSQL and a little Mongodb.
  • Design and construction of data visualisation dashboards. We use Tableau.
  • Agile project methodologies. We use Scrum with certified Product Owners, certified Scrum masters and a passion for process improvement.
  • Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and/or a passion for user experience (UX). We are finding our way here.

Good written and verbal English communication skills. As a group we spend dedicated time talking with our customer trying to build a shared understanding of what’s required to get the highest impact for the organisation.

An interest in state of the art scientific research. Formal and peer to peer training in the ever changing science of DNA sequencing and cellular generation will be provided to help you speak a common language with our scientists.

Other information

What happens next? 

Apply on line submitting a two page CV and a covering letter of a couple of paragraphs to help us get to know you better. If you are short listed your application will follow the schedule detailed below; 

  • Half hour telephone interview and coding test 
  • On site interviews, site tour and opportunity to meet the team.
  • Offers to successful candidates


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. 

About the Sanger Institute 

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. 

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.

Closing date: 21st May 2017