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Senior Software Developer - COSMIC
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Recruiter: The Wellcome Sanger Institute
Listed on: 26th April
Location: Cambridge
Salary/Rate: £41,259 - £49,922
Salary Notes: Competitive
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 83462_1556284217
Contact Name: Wellcome Sanger Institute

Salary in the region of £41,259 - £49,922 (dependent on experience) plus excellent benefits

12 months - Maternity Cover

We are seeking a skilled and experienced software developer to join our informatics database, COSMIC (

COSMIC is one of the key databases in human cancer research and is growing rapidly in data content, scope and analytics. This role will challenge you with evolving and expanding our systems to enable this growth. Data is currently gathered from a variety of sources, from manual curation to structured repositories, and standardised into the COSMIC database before release via our analytic website. This genetic and genomic data is increasing in quantity and scope, its value is enhanced by analytic highlights, and these positions will improve the handling, annotation and meaningful presentation of this information.

You will have an interest in developing software and analytics across big biological datasets, ensuring throughput and quality. You may bring new perspectives on options for storage, pipelining and visualisation; we are always interested in new ways to improve workflow. You will possess a degree in Bioinformatics or Computer Science, and demonstrate competence in a modern programming language, within a Unix/Linux environment. Experience of relational databases will also be valuable. With good communication skills, you should be able to demonstrate your previous experience using informatics technologies.

Keywords: Database, sql, python, pipeline, software, informatics

Essential Skills

  • First Degree in Computer Science or Software development
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and organise own workload
  • Excellent communication and effective team-working skills
  • Data handling skills
  • Experience of developing software

Ideal Skills

  • MSc in Bioinformatics or Computer Science discipline
  • Experience of advanced data modelling concepts
  • Cancer genomic data insight and curation

Other information

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre and committed to training the next generation of genome scientists. Focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease and a world leader in the genomic revolution, our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of human and pathogen biology in order to improve human health. We aim to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens. Our science is large-scale and organised into Programmes, led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science, and supported by our Scientific Operations teams responsible for all data production pipelines at the Institute.

Our Campus: Set over 125 acres, the stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to pursue some of humanity's greatest challenges.

Our Benefits: Our employees have access to a comprehensive range of benefits and facilities including:

  • Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Private Health Insurance
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing by one day a year to a maximum of 30
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, a childcare voucher scheme, Campus Nursery and Summer holiday club
  • Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Campus Gym, tennis courts, cricket pitch and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
  • Active Campus Sports and Social Club
  • Free Campus Bus Service

Genome Research Limited 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 include a covering letter and CV with your application. Closing date for applications: 26th May 2019

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