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Senior Software Developer

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Recruiter: The Wellcome Sanger Institute
Listed on: 13th July
Location: Hinxton, Saffron Walden, Essex
Salary/Rate: £42,000 - £50,313
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

We are seeking an experienced Java developer to join the Mouse Informatics Group. We develop and support web delivered laboratory management software to help the scientific community research gene function through the use of the mouse as a model organism.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent Java and database developer preferably with some front end web skills including JavaScript and CSS.  You will be experienced in working with one of the Agile software development methodologies.

Working as part of an nine member team, you will be developing and enhancing software to support our client establishments around the UK. You will work closely with biologists and other informatics staff within our consortia to ensure that the software you deliver is effective and meets those customer's needs.

Please be advised that our facility will be closing from September 2021 and phasing out into 2022 due to the Institute's scientific strategy. We still need Software Developers to help maintain and develop our system.

Due to the closure, you will be eligible for a retention payment up to a maximum of £8,000 depending on start date.

Essential Skills 

  • Master's degree or above in computer related sciences or equivalent, demonstrable work experience.
  • Evidence of a high level of competence in Java and use of the Spring Framework.
  • Evidence of working within a full-stack environment
  • Evidence of delivering a quality product within fixed deadlines.
  • Evidence of having successfully worked in a collaborative, project-focused software team.
  • Highly developed problem solving skills.

Ideal Skills 

  • Experience of SQL query writing and database development (preferably Oracle)
  • Functional understanding of JSP and usage of JSP tags.
  • Experience of developing laboratory information management systems (LIMS) software would be beneficial but not essential.
  • An understanding of basic genetic terminology as applied to model organism production would be beneficial but not essential.

Other Information 

The Sanger's Mouse Informatics Group supports the Mouse Colony Management System, a laboratory management suite for animal husbandry and model organism research. MCMS is offered as software as a service and we currently have eight high profile UK client establishments.

The next few years will see an exciting opportunity for the growth and future of the system, bringing a wealth of challenges and excitement for the software and its use. In terms of the variety of work we will encounter, the scale of throughput that we will support and the implications that the work will have in the fundamental study of gene function in mammals the challenges will provide an excellent career choice for the right candidate.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

Closing date for applications: 10 August 2020

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. 

Our benefits:
There's an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome 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 
  • 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 Wellcome Genome 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

We have recently been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Contact Name: Annie Webb
Reference: TJ/2678/83953
Job ID: 2838769

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