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Senior Software Developer - community-annotation web interfaces

Salary range: £31498 to £39729 plus excellent benefits

3 Year Fixed Term Contract

Are you an enthusiastic experienced web developer keen to enable the community to fight disease?

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is tackling some of the most difficult challenges in genomic research to push the boundaries of our understanding of life in ever new and exciting ways. We have an exciting opportunity for you to work within a team of developers alongside world renowned Scientists setting up a website which allows community based annotation of protozoan parasites and pathogenic fungi genomes.

Join us to develop infrastructure that will enable biologists to curate and annotate the genomes. You will join an international collaboration involving software developers from the EuPathDB project at the Universities of Pennsylvania and Georgia, curators from the University of Liverpool, as well as researchers and developers in the Infection Genomics program at the Sanger Institute.   Through the collaboration we manually annotate and update genomes for important pathogens.  To address the need for annotation across a growing list of genomes, you will help to streamline the annotation process and enable greater community participation.

Key responsibilities 

  • Adapt Web Appollo ( for use with our in-house database instance of chado ( ).
  • Communicate directly with the Web Appollo development community about new implementations
  • Adapt our existing Companion annotation server ( to cope with several new challenges associated with fungal genomes. 

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 and the collaborating institute. 

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Extensive experience in Web programming 
  • Demonstrable good programming experience of JavaScript
  • Good knowledge of databases through projects, SQL
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Motivated to be trained (if necessary) in basics of biology 
  • Evidence of own software project/pipelines 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Self-motivated and well-organised
  • Bachelors degree in a course that teaches abstract thinking and programming

Ideal Skills

  • Demonstrable experience of further programming languages (Java, Perl, Python)
  • Knowledge of biology or bioinformatics (annotation)
  • Experience with GMOD
  • Masters degree or comparable experience programming 

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 the Wellcome Genome Campus Courses, Conferences and Public Engagement (CCPE) programme. The CCPE programme delivers training and engagement focused around genomics, its applications, and implications.  Its vision is to inspire a range of audiences both on the Campus and beyond it, and make the world of genomics open and accessible to all.

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. In addition the Campus is home to the Wellcome Trust Advanced Course and Scientific Conferences programme and the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre.

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. Applications will be considered and reviewed on  an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.

Closing date: 7th May 2017