Principal Software Developer

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Cambridge, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Jun 2021

The Opportunity:

We are recruiting a Principal Software Developer to join a major international software development project that will produce a new generation genome annotation tool. Genome annotation is the process where biologists and bioinformaticians mark-up the structure and function of genes and other important features. The project will create a dynamic and visual tool using Groovy, React, and TypeScript. The final product will combine key features and strengths of the two current market leaders Artemis  (developed at the Wellcome Sanger Institute) and Apollo  (developed at the University of Berkeley), both of which have a significant global user base. The project will bring the two teams together and combine efforts on both sides of the Atlantic to develop a performant, modular and user-friendly product that serves the needs of the entire community.

About Us:

The post will be within Pathogen Informatics , a software development and support team in the Parasites and Microbes  department at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. The dynamic team embraces agile methods and promotes open source software development. Pathogen Informatics work closely with the scientific groups on site and thus have a very direct link to the users of their products.

About You:

We are looking for talented and enthusiastic individual with a degree in a computer science discipline and several years of practical experience developing software. Previous bioinformatics experience will be beneficial but is not required. You will be experienced with UNIX systems, feel at home both in the back-end and the front-end world, and enjoy finding your own solutions to technical challenges. You will also be a keen communicator, driven by customer satisfaction, and motivated to support world-leading science at the Sanger Institute and across the Globe.

Essential Skills
  • MSc in a Computer Science discipline or equivalent working experience
  • Demonstrable experience of working with Java or JVM languages
  • Familiarity with modern JavaScript front-end technologies and frameworks
  • Demonstrable experience of working with relational database systems
  • Working knowledge of UNIX/Linux
  • Evidence of successful delivery in large or complex software projects
  • Ability to prioritise, manage workload, and deliver agreed activities consistently
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a range of global stakeholders at all levels
Ideal Skills
  • Familiarity with graph databases
  • Experience in supporting cluster- and cloud-based computing platforms
  • Familiarity with container technologies such as Docker, Singularity, or Kubernetes
  • Working experience in biology or bioinformatics
Other information

Whilst the developments around COVID-19 continue to evolve, the Wellcome Genome Campus is closed for all but essential functions and facilities. 

People remain at the centre of everything that we do and the majority of our staff are now working remotely to ensure continuity of operations, making use of remote communication and collaboration tools.

Interviews will be taking place virtually and the successful candidate should expect to be fully supported through remote on-boarding and working from home until the Campus re-opens to all staff. This approach may vary for individuals located overseas and/or where a visa is required and starting will be based on a number of factors, we will be able to provide specialist advice to those affected candidates.

Application Process:

Please apply with your CV and a Cover letter outlining 3 points that you feel you meet the essential criteria for this role.

This will be a rolling advert and applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled.

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