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Senior Scientific Programmer

Salary in the region of £40,345 to £48,818 per annum plus excellent benefits 

Fixed-term for 2 years

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic Scientific Programmer to work within the Pathogen Informatics
team at the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

You will work as part of 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 programme at the Sanger Institute to develop and maintain genome annotation pipelines for protozoan parasites and pathogenic fungi species.

Protozoa are responsible for many of the neglected diseases (Sleeping Sickness, Chagas Disease,Leishmaniasis) that disproportionately affect the developing world. Fungi are responsible for more disease each year than malaria or tuberculosis. Having sclabale and robust pipelines that produce high quality genome annotation is key to interpreting the underlying genetics for disease causation and severity.

The Pathogen Informatics team follows principles of agile development so that the software can be rapidly prototyped, updated regularly and receive rapid feedback from scientists in the Infection Genomics programme and wider community. The team employ a test-driven development strategy for all software development projects and strongly promote open source development using Github for all software projects.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

● A degree in a scientific or engineering discipline (or equivalent industrial experience)
● Significant programming experience in one or more programming languages (e.g. Perl, Python, C etc.)
● Evidence of successful delivery in large or complex software projects and acting as a technical lead in both design and       development
● Experience of object oriented development
● An ability to learn quickly on the job with excellent problem solving and analytical skills
● Must be self-motivated and proactive with ability to manage own workload effectively
● Strong interpersonal and communication skills
● Knowledge and experience of UNIX/Linux

Ideal Skills

● Experience and knowledge of genome annotation and curation
● Knowledge of relational database systems and manipulation via SQL
● Experience with agile software development methods
● Experience of test driven development

Other information

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre and committed to training the next generation of genome scientists. Focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease and a world leader in the genomic revolution, our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of human and pathogen biology in order to improve human health. We aim to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens. Our science is large-scale and organised into Programmes, led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science, and supported by our Scientific Operations teams responsible for all data production pipelines at the Institute.

Our Campus: Set over 125 acres, the stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.  

The Campus is a community of organisations working in genomic research, enterprise, education and discourse. It is home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, including the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute which is the largest organisation on Campus, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Open Targets and Genomics England.  Also located here is Connecting Science - its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus.

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

Closing date for applications: 28th February 2018

This is a fixed-term 2 year position and applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.