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Principal Software Developer - Pathogen Informatics

Salary range up to £47,812-£57,853 pa plus excellent benefits


We are seeking to recruit a Principal Software Developer to provide technical and infrastructural leadership for the Pathogen Informatics team. The Pathogen Informatics team work within the Parasites and Microbes programme to provide informatics solutions that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens. We collaborate with scientists to develop novel software to accelerate genetics research.

You will be responsible for the technical leadership and be the technology authority for the team. You will

  • Work with the team leader and Product Owners to clarify, elaborate, and iterate on the technology roadmap and designs.
  • Engage with team members through the daily scrum to remove blockers, work more efficiently, and produce high quality products.
  • Actively identify issues and opportunities and collaborate with other teams to achieve successful collaborations.
  • Assist with the personal development, mentoring and growth of junior developers to inspire, support and enable them to achieve their full potential.
  • Delegate responsibility where applicable and actively engage in key decision-making.
  • Join with other senior technical leaders in guiding institute wide technology initiatives, principles and practices.

Our Team

Our 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 Parasites and Microbes programme. The team employ a test-driven development strategy for all software development projects and strongly promote open source development using Github.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • A degree in a scientific or engineering discipline (or equivalent industrial experience)
  • Significant programming experience in at least two programming languages
  • Evidence of successful delivery in large or complex software projects and acting as a technical lead in both design and implementation
  • Knowledge and experience of UNIX/LINUX on an advanced level
  • An ability to learn quickly on the job with excellent problem solving and analytical skill
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Ideal Skills

  • Previous people management experience
  • Experience with new sequencing technology data
  • 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 pursue some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our dedication to gender equality and promoting women’s careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We will consider all qualified individuals 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.

Our Benefits

Our employees have access to a comprehensive range of benefits and facilities including:

  • Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Private Health Insurance
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing by one day a year to a maximum of 30
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, a childcare voucher scheme, Campus Nursery and Summer holiday club
  • Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Campus Gym, tennis courts, cricket pitch and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
  • Active Campus Sports and Social Club
  • Free Campus Bus Service

Applications should be accompanied by:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A covering letter outlining why you think you would be a good fit for the role

Closing date for applications: 9th October 2018 however we will review applications on an ongoing basis and may close the advert prior to the closing date.