European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

SARS-CoV-2 Data Hubs Software Engineer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

About the team/job

We are seeking a Software Engineer for deployment in the task force building and operating the SARS-CoV-2 Data Hubs, a part of the European COVID-19 Data Platform.


Your role

This is an opportunity to make a significant contribution to EMBL-EBI’s COVID-19 scientific response. The European COVID-19 Data Platform comprises two components: the COVID-19 Portal supporting access to COVID-19 related reference data and specialist datasets and the SARS-CoV-2 Data Hubs, providing support for outbreak data management, sharing and cloud-based analysis.

As part of the SARS-CoV-2 Data Hubs Task Force, you will build upon existing infrastructure to develop and extend the existing pathogen Data Hubs. This will include work on programmatic interfaces to link content to visualisation, our Notebooks data exploration system, improving and extending our cloud computational workflow environments, data mirroring systems, data retrieval interfaces and provision of links to national public health infrastructure services. You will design and extend software, including investigating and selecting appropriate technologies, to meet the data indexing and presentation needs of the projects. You will work with teams from across the Institute.


You have

Applicants should possess a university degree in the computer or life sciences, have several years’ experience in a software development capacity and the following skills and experiences:

  • Strong command of Java, preferably including Spring/Spring Boot

  • Experience developing or maintaining web-based applications (html, css, Javascript frameworks such as Angular)

  • RESTful APIs

  • Proficiency with database connectivity. Relational and noSQL databases (document stores (e.g MongoDB) or search engines (ElasticSearch))

  • Shell scripting

  • Experience in full software development cycle including design, implementation, testing, version control and deployment

  • Willingness to learn new skills as the project requires

  • Self-motivated and capable of working both independently and as part of a team


You might also have

  • Experience with NextFlow workflow manager, or other workflow manager

  • Experience with microservices architecture

  • CI/CD pipelines

  • Containerisation (Docker or similar) and orchestration

  • Cloud deployment

  • Prior experience working in a multidisciplinary scientific environment


Why join us

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by over 27 member states and two associate member states. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 850 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. For more information about pay and benefits click here.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

In addition to a highly competitive salary and a fantastic benefits package, this position offers exciting opportunities, both to work as part of a team on existing popular scientific resources, and to take the initiative in the development of new services. It would be perfect for a dynamic and motivated individual.

Opportunities will be provided for self-growth. These include working in a highly-skilled team on the Wellcome genome campus, a hub of scientific and technical expertise with many trainings and seminars available.

What else you need to know

To view a copy of the full job description please click here

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website.

Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels.

Appointment will be based on merit alone.

This position is limited to the project duration specified.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.


Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: embl-EBI01638