European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Software Developer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom


About the team/job


We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated software engineer to work at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

You will be working in the Software Development and Operations team led by Sarah Butcher, within the Technical Services Cluster (TSC). The team develops, adapts, maintains and operates open source software to deliver services for our internal and external users.

One aspect of the team’s work is to establish the tools and processes for our own use that are needed to build cloud portable applications that can be deployed on our public web services infrastructure based on Docker Enterprise, VMware, our internal OpenStack cloud (6000+ cores) or public clouds (e.g. Google, Amazon & Azure). Some projects are partly or completely externally funded, and contribute to ongoing collaborations within ELIXIR – a research infrastructure for life sciences, and the Global Alliance for Global Health (GA4GH – (http://genomicsandhealth.org/ ) – an international alliance of 500+ leading organizations in research, healthcare, life sciences, and IT working together to create standards of responsible sharing of genomic data.

Other key projects include the EBI Cloud Portal which simplifies the experience for researchers when running their workloads across different cloud providers, the Authentication, Authorisation and Profile service offering centralised user identity and role management for different services at EMBL-EBI and the Resource Usage portal which manages and reports compute and storage resource allocations.


Your role


You will use your software development skills; predominantly in java, to actively participate in design of new systems as well as features in existing ones, contributing to a number of projects in the team portfolio. You will develop, deploy and maintain production grade web-based systems. You will also create mock-ups and wireframes for newly designed systems and features and set up and maintain CI/CD pipelines. You will take an active role in the daily scrum, as well as writing technical documents and providing user orientated communication with external and internal users of the systems.

You will work closely alongside other software developers and DevOps engineers in the team, providing software development capacity for these projects. You will be working with early adopters at EMBL-EBI and with external collaborators to collect requirements and gather feedback to support the development and roll-out of the software. You will have a passion for code development and making software that can be used.


You have


You will have a bachelor’s degree or higher in computer science, software development or have equivalent experience, and prior work experience including at least 4 year’s software development in a team environment and supporting production systems in an academic or commercial setting. You will also have experience in continuous development and in communicating and working with expert users (e.g. in a science community).

You will be highly proficient in Java and have extensive experience using Java Web Frameworks; ideally Spring (e.g. Spring Boot; Data and Security). You will have a strong understanding of modern RESTful Web Applications architecture and the concepts of Authentication and Authorisation in modern web applications. In addition, you will be experienced using SQL databases (Postgres of particular interest) and ORM frameworks (e.g. Hibernate), including database design. You will have demonstrable practical experience using container technologies (e.g. Docker) as well as deploying software to private/public cloud environments (OpenStack is of particular interest). You will have solid linux system administration skills, including shell scripting. You will also have experience of source code management CI/CD and automation tooling (Git, GitLab CI/CD, Terraform and Ansible are of particular interest) and exposure to ELK or similar. You will have strong front-end development skills; ideally experience using modern JS frameworks (Angular is of particular interest) and have an interest in UI/UX design and development.

The ability to work within a team and in collaboration with others is critical to this position and excellent communication skills, verbal and written, are essential. An ability to work to tight deadlines while paying attention to detail is essential as are excellent English language skills and the knowledge and experience to work with minimal direction when making technical decisions. You will also demonstrate innovation and a willingness to take on new challenges.

You will have a passion for code development and making software that can be used, embracing innovation and with a willingness to learn.


You might also have


Knowledge of and expertise in using other JVM languages, scripting languages such as Python, and also NoSQL databases (e.g. MongoDB) are desirable. Experience with container-based platforms (particularly Kubernetes) is also highly relevant. You may also be familiar with agile development practices and the full software development lifecycle in a team environment, as well as working within a dev/ops 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 22 member states and two associate member states.

We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 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.


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.

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

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: embl-EBI01421

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