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Software Developer - Pathogen Informatics

Salary range: £40,345 to £48,818 per annum plus excellent benefits

Fixed-term until 30th September 2019 in the first instance

We are seeking an enthusiastic Software Developer to join our Pathogen Informatics team at the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

You will be responsible for developing backend software infrastructure that will enable biologists to curate and annotate protozoan parasites and pathogenic fungi genomes. 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. 

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.

The team is based on the 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 testdriven development strategy for all software development projects and strongly promote open source development using Github for all software projects.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • You have a degree in a scientific or engineering discipline (or equivalent industrial experience)
  • You have significant programming experience in either Perl or Python
  • You can evidence of successful delivery in large or complex software projects and acting as a technical lead in both design and development
  • You have experience of object oriented development
  • You will need knowledge and experience of UNIX/LINUX on an advanced level
  • You will need knowledge of relational database systems and manipulation via SQL
  • You will have the ability to learn quickly on the job with excellent problem solving and analytical skill
  • You will be self-motivated and dedicated with ability to run own workload effectively
  • You will have strong social and interpersonal skills

Ideal Skills

  • Practical experience with running software on a compute farm, experience and knowledge of genome annotation and curation, agile software development methods and test driven development would be beneficial but is not essential 

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 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.

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to gender equality and promoting women’s careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We will consider all qualified applicants without discrimination on grounds of disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

Closing date: 1st April 2018