Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Principal Software Developer - Tree of Life

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Cambridge, United Kingdom

About the Programme:
The Sanger Institute, along with other partners, has launched the Darwin Tree of Life project to provide high-quality genome assemblies for all eukaryotic species in the Atlantic Archipelago of Britain and Ireland. This project will significantly contribute to the goals of the global Earth Biogenome Project, fundamentally changing scientific knowledge of evolution and interactions among millions of the planet’s organisms.

About the Team:
We are building a software development team who will design, build, install and maintain a series of high throughput pipelines for genome assembly and analysis. These pipelines will sit at the heart of the Tree of Life programme and be used extensively by the Sanger Institute and other scientists.

About the Role:
We are seeking both a Principal Software Developer to contribute to building and optimising the computational infrastructure required to scale genome assembly within this project, streamlining the processing of terabytes of raw data. This will build on Sanger’s world-class computational resources, including an OpenStack private cloud environment, a 15,000+ core computational cluster and many petabytes of high-speed distributed file systems and object stores.

About You:
Team members will be expected to work independently at a technical level, while collaborating closely with colleagues on systems development, and to be comfortable communicating directly with scientific researchers regarding analysis requirements. Recent graduates are also encouraged to apply, although it is strongly desirable that any candidate has substantial development experience outside of coursework (e.g. work experience, participation in open source projects). Bioinformatic/biological knowledge is not essential for this role, but an interest in the science on campus and desire to learn bioinformatic concepts is important.

Essential Skills
• Degree in computer science, software engineering or comparable experience
• Demonstrable experience in software development, preferably in a scientific environment
• Knowledge of core computer science concepts and practices
• Experience with git and GitHub
• Expert knowledge of unix based operating systems, libraries and tools
• Familiarity with cloud environments and technologies ( for example, OpenStack, GCP, AWS, Terraform, Kubernetes, Ansible)
• Experience of working in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders
Ideal Skills
• Experience in bioinformatics analysis and tools
• Experience with relational and non-relational databases
• Experience with high performance computing environments (e.g. LSF/Slurm)
• Expertise in Management and Analysis of large data sets.
• Line Management experience

Other information
Closing Date: 2nd April 2020
Please apply with your CV and Cover Letter.

For further information or questions about this post, please contact Shane McCarthy (sm15@sanger.ac.uk).

About Us
The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. We undertake large-scale research that forms the foundations of knowledge in biology and medicine. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth. Find out more at www.sanger.ac.uk or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube and on our Blog.

Our campus
Set across 130 acres, just outside of Cambridge, The Sanger Institute is located on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. Home to some of the world’s foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and creativity to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Our benefits:
There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Genome Wellcome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.
As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:
• 25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
• Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
• Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
• Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
• Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children and Summer holiday club
• Life Assurance Cover and a Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract of 12 months or more)
• Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
• Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
• Private Healthcare Scheme (after 6 months service)
• Eyecare and Dental payment plans
• Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Genome Wellcome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:
• Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
• A car-share initiative
• Free parking
• A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
• A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

Find out more about our Genome Wellcome Campus.

We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.