Software Developer

EBI - European Bioinformatics Institute

Software Developer

EMBL-EBI - European Bioinformatics Institute

Hinxton, United Kingdom

Organisation data: Chemoinformatics & Metabolism
Job Number: EBI01945
Contract Type: Staff Member
Job Function: Technical Officer (gr. 4-6)
Contract Duration - Length of Time (years/months): 3 years
Contract Duration - Is this renewable to 9 years?: grant-based for three years
Advertised Grade - Grading: Grade 5 or 6 (monthly salary starting at £2,809 or £3,143 after tax) + benefits
Closing date: 09 January 2022

About the team/job

The Metabolomics Team is seeking an experienced Software Developer to join our dynamic and international team at the EMBL-EBI in Hinxton, UK.

Metabolomics is the study of small molecule metabolites in the metabolome, which is the complete set of metabolites in a biological sample. By studying these metabolites, we can observe changes in cellular networks and biochemical pathways. This approach is being used to detect disease states and their progression, monitor responses to therapy, stratify patients based on biochemical profiles, and highlight targets for drug design. Our team provides the biomedical community with information on metabolites and their interplay with biological systems.

We are responsible for MetaboLights, a global public repository for data from metabolomics experiments and their associated metadata. The database is cross-species, cross-technique and covers metabolite structures and their reference spectra as well as their biological roles and locations, and experimental data from metabolic experiments. We are also developing a centralised Metabolite Knowledgebase and MetaboLights Labs, a workspace for our community to use up to date and appropriate workflows for metabolomics analysis and a controlled access version of MetaboLights for clinical studies.

Thanks to BBSRC-NSF funding, we are accelerating collaborations with tool developers and other database providers in the UK and the US to synergize our efforts for the benefit of the global community. This is an exciting time for the metabolomics field and we as a team are committed to evolving our database and services to serve our scientific community.

Your role

We are looking for an enthusiastic backend developer, to help us develop the MetaboLights repository and its associated services. The post holder will report to the Head of Metabolomics, and will be part of a small but strong dynamic team responding to its ever evolving scientific community.

The post holder will:

  • Maintain and develop the MetaboLights database and infrastructure built using Java, Python and Django;
  • Expand and modernise existing RESTful API and container services;
  • Collaborate with team members on development of controlled access services, metabolomics workspace and knowledgebase development;
  • Facilitating the curation pipeline based on data needs;
  • Develop integration with other resources at EMBL-EBI and global collaborators;
  • Interact with academia and industry to respond to community requirements;
  • Work with other grant participants to deliver first-of-its-kind metabolomics cross database integration.

You have

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in computer science or related field;
  • Previous experience (at least three years) of working as a backend software developer in a collaborative environment;
  • A self-starter approach, ability to work to deadlines, and have a very detail oriented approach to work;
  • Experience with testing frameworks such as pytest, jasmine;
  • Fluency in Java, Python, Django, Flask, full-stack web development;
  • Some experience with JavaScript frameworks, like Angular;
  • Experience in Version control systems, specifically Git/GitHub;
  • Practical experience in RDBMSs (including either Oracle, MySQL or PostgreSQL) and NoSQL databases, JDBC, MongoDB;
  • Experience of RESTful Web Services and API design, development and utilisation;
  • Experience with Lucene, specifically ElasticSearch or Solr;
  • Familiarity with build systems like Maven, Ant, or Gradle;
  • Experience with Batch/Script/Shell programming;
  • Be forward thinking and progressive in the implementation of features and fixes, with a built-to-last mentality.

You might also have

  • Strong experience with devops tools such as Nginx, Docker, Kubernetes;
  • Familiarity and experience with Agile software development methodologies such as Scrum and Scrum events;
  • Familiarity with Continuous Integration systems like Jenkins or Travis;
  • Familiarity with data analysis and database development will be very beneficial but not essential;
  • Experience in handling large data volumes (TBs of scientific data);
  • Experience in working on open-source projects;
  • Any experience with NMR or mass spectrometry data will be beneficial but not essential.

Why join us

Do something meaningful

At EMBL-EBI you can apply your talent and passion to accelerate science and tackle some of humankind's greatest challenges. EMBL-EBI, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, is a worldwide leader in the storage, analysis and dissemination of large biological datasets. We provide the global research community with access to publicly available databases and tools which are crucial for the advancement of healthcare, food security, and biodiversity.

Join a culture of innovation

We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, alongside other prominent research and biotech organisations, and surrounded by beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. This is a highly collaborative and inclusive community where our employees enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. We are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their professional potential.

Enjoy lots of benefits

  • Financial incentives: Monthly family, child and non-resident allowances, annual salary review, pension scheme including 17% employer contribution, death benefit, long-term care, accident-at-work and unemployment insurances;
  • Flexible working arrangements;
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover);
  • Generous time off: 30 days annual leave per year, in addition to eight bank holidays;
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required);
  • Campus life: Free shuttle bus to and from work, on-site library, subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria, casual dress code, extensive sports and social club activities (on campus and remotely);
  • Family benefits: On-site nursery, 10 days of child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances;
  • Benefits for non-UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance.

For more details please see our employee benefits page.

What else you need to know

  • Contract duration: This position is a 3 year grant-limited fixed term contract in the first instance;
  • International applicants: We recruit internationally and successful candidates are offered visa exemptions. Read more on our page for international applicants;
  • Diversity and inclusion: At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ+ and individuals from all nationalities;
  • Job location: This role is based in Hinxton, near Cambridge, UK. You will be required to relocate if you are based overseas and you will receive a generous relocation package to support you;
  • How to apply: To apply, please submit a cover letter and a CV through our online system. We aim to provide a response within two weeks after the closing date.

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