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Web Software Engineer

Salary in the region of £50,000 plus excellent benefits

Fixed Term for 8 months

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance is seeking a motivated and talented Web Software  Engineer  to focus on data processing / visualisation and delivery of genomic data, via the web, as part of the Gates Funded Global Pneumococcal Sequencing Project.  The postholder will work within a team expanding and improving bioinformatics services, increasing code test coverage and automated integration testing. The postholder will also have domain responsibility for delivery of information to the community of pneumococcal researchers, public health labs and policy makers key in influencing decisions based on outputs of data analytics.

The most complex part of the role will be the development of scalable visualisation, management of data and collaborators for delivering analysis of complex biological datasets from whole genome sequences of pneumococcal pathogens.


Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Master’s degree or above in computer-related sciences or equivalent experience 
  • Substantial experience in back-end web application development 
  • Using middleware to distribute tasks and integrate a heterogeneous system 
  • Design and management of a distributed multi-server system 
  • Evidence of a high level of competence in Java 7, along with Maven, JUnit, Jackson, and Slf4J or similar frameworks 
  • A high level of communication skills to be able to elicit complex requirements from, and convey complex requirements to, groups with differing technical backgrounds 
  • Ability to prioritise tasks, organise work effectively and crucially, work as part of a team 
  • Excellent problem solving skills                                                                                                         
  • Ability to present and give positive input and discussion at meetings (E)                                                                                                                 

Ideal Skills

  • Linux VM setup and provisioning, preferably RHEL and/or Ubuntu
  • Couchbase and the Couchbase Java Client Library 
  • RabbitMQ and the Java Client Library 
  • Vagrant + Chef, including writing new Chef scripts for provisioning 
  • Jersey web service servlets, in Tomcat/Jetty or similar

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 the 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: 21st December 2017, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.