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Senior/ Principal Software Developer - Bacterial Genomics
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Recruiter: The Wellcome Sanger Institute
Listed on: 13th September
Location: Cambridge
Salary/Rate: £41,259 - £58,432
Type: Permanent
Start Date:
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Contact Name: The Wellcome Sanger Institute

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We are looking to recruit a Senior/Principal Software Developer (grade dependent on skills and experience) to join a major international research project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, that aims to sequence the genomes of a large collection of Streptococcus agalactiae samples to inform global disease prevention strategies. About you We are seeking to appoint a talented, enthusiastic and motivated individual who enjoys developing software solutions for the curation and analytics of large-scale biological datasets. The role would suit somebody with a degree in a computer science discipline and several years of practical experience developing software in large or complex projects, who is a confident user of UNIX systems, and feels at home both in the back-end and the front-end world. About the role The role will involve developing a software system for the management, analysis and visualisation of large genomic datasets. It will also require maintenance of the existing software infrastructure as well as working closely with the other team members to understand scientific software requirements and providing input for strategic decisions relating to the team's informatics operations. About the team The post will be within the Genomics of Pneumonia and Meningitis team that belongs to the Parasites and Microbes Programme at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. The Institute has a world class record of pioneering the use of large-scale genomic data analysis to understand pathogen biology, epidemiology and evolution. You will join a team that is engaged in many exciting research topics such as pathogen person-to-person transmission, global spread, acquisition of antimicrobial resistance and changes in pathogen population in response to vaccine implementation. Our studies are supported by genomic, clinical and epidemiological data for thousands of samples providing opportunity for well-powered analyses. We are a multi-disciplinary team that combines the expertise of microbiologists, mathematicians, and bioinformaticians. We also work in strong collaboration with our Pathogen Informatics group. For more information about the team please see Genomics of Pneumonia and Meningitis. For informal enquiries about the post please contact Stephen Bentley ()

Essential Skills

  • A degree in computer science or a related discipline (or equivalent industrial experience)
  • Significant experience developing software in large or complex projects
  • Strong interest in developing new concepts for storing and sharing data
  • Significant programming experience in at least two programming languages
  • Knowledge and experience of UNIX system at an advanced level
  • Demonstrable experience working with relational database systems and manipulation via SQL
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Self-motivated and proactive with ability to manage own workload effectively
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Ideal Skills

  • Demonstrable experience of setting up websites
  • Working experience of both front-end and back-end software development
  • Working experience in bioinformatics
  • Experience of working in an Agile team
  • Experience of test-driven development

Other information

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. We are open and collaborative; we share our data, results, tools and technologies across the world to advance science. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth. Find out more at 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

To find out more about our Genome Wellcome Campus, see here

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 include a covering letter and CV with your application. Closing date: 13 October 2019