Digital Software Apprentice

Salary; £17,489 per annum plus additional benefits

We are looking for a digital apprentice to join our Informatics & LIMS team who are responsible for providing software to track, task and report on our laboratory activity.

We can offer you:

  • A senior software developer dedicated as your technical mentor,
  • A permeant publically available portfolio of your coding and development (,
  • Space to explore your long-term opportunities through our trained coaches and mentors program,
  • A modern working environment, informal dress code, a company social calendar and offices set to the 55 acre grounds of Hinxton Hall and associated wet land reserve.

Following training complementary to your apprenticeships degree you will:

  • Design & write code in Javascript, Ruby, Python or Java,
  • Use databases technologies,
  • Use Continuous Integration (CI) servers to automate testing of your code,
  • Use private cloud infrastructure and Linux hosts to deploy the software.

You will be working in a small team, typically 2-5 developers working on one product as part of a larger team of approximately fifteen.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • 3 A levels at grade B or above with at least one grade coming from a (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) subject
  • A basic knowledge of one programing languages one of which will be Javascript, Ruby, Python or Java
  • Experience with Linux command line creating, renaming, moving, deleting files and manually editing files in a text editor
  • Willing to learn and put in the necessary work to gain the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship qualification
  • An interest in science and technology demonstrated through building software or hardware projects for personal interest. (You may have gained these skills through raspberry pi project or equivalent)
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Some knowledge of one of the following programming languages; Javascript, Ruby, Python or Java
  • Some experience with Linux command line creating, renaming, moving, deleting files and manually editing files in a text editor
  • Good attention to detail
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and proactive
  • Ability to deal with changing priorities
  • Ability to work within and contribute to a team.
  • Eager to learn new skills

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.

Our BenefitsOur 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 and Campus Nursery
  • 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

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We will consider all 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. We are open to a range of UK-based flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

Closing date: 28th February 2019