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Senior Front-End Developer

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Recruiter: The Wellcome Sanger Institute
Listed on: 9th February
Location: Hinxton, Cambridgeshire
Salary/Rate: £42,002 - £50,313
Salary Notes: Competitive
Type: Contract
Start Date: ASAP

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The Opportunity:

We are recruiting a Front End Developer for the Pathogen Informatics team, a software development and support team in the Parasites and Microbes department at the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

About Us/the Role:

The Pathogen Informatics team embrace agile methods and promote open source software development. In close collaboration with the scientists on site, we develop workflows and platforms to productionise large-scale surveillance activities for infectious diseases, such as malariapneumonia and Covid-19. We also support the scientists by developing and deploying software and services that advance their research, and provide direct informatics advice. As a dynamic team we share all elements of our work, so you would be involved in a variety of different projects, with a focus on developing web services that present genomic data to scientific and non-scientific end users.

About You:

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic problem solver with a degree in a computer science discipline. You will have experience in creating web applications using modern JavaScript technologies and are interested in also supporting the back-end infrastructure. You are passionate about writing clean and robust code, enjoy finding new solutions to technical challenges, and are keen to share and discuss your approaches with the team.  You have an interest in teaching others and improve continuously.  Most importantly, you are motivated to support the science and make a difference in the fight against infectious diseases to improve global health.

Essential Skills

Technical skills:

  • MSc in a Computer Science discipline or equivalent working experience 
  • Experience in developing web applications in modern JavaScript frameworks 
  • Experience in building and testing RESTful Web Services and APIs in Python 
  • Working knowledge of UNIX/Linux 

Competencies and behaviours: 

  • Ability to prioritise, manage workload, and deliver agreed activities consistently 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders at all levels 

Ideal Skills

  • Experience of working with relational database systems
  • Experience of container deployment and orchestration technologies such as Docker, Singularity, or Kubernetes
  • Working experience in bioinformatics or scientific data analysis
  • Experience of providing training on specific technologies.

Other information

Whilst the developments around COVID-19 continue to evolve, the Wellcome Genome Campus is closed for all but essential functions and facilities. 

People remain at the centre of everything that we do and the majority of our staff are now working remotely to ensure continuity of operations, making use of remote communication and collaboration tools.

Interviews will be taking place virtually and the successful candidate should expect to be fully supported through remote on-boarding and working from home until the Campus re-opens to all staff. This approach may vary for individuals located overseas and/or where a visa is required and starting will be based on a number of factors, we will be able to provide specialist advice to those affected candidates.

Flexible Working

We appreciate the importance of achieving a healthy work-life balance and support this with a number of benefits, including a flexible working policy for those who may wish to apply to amend their working pattern or arrangement. We welcome applications for this position that are looking for flexible working, such as flexible start and finish times, and equal consideration will be given to individuals regardless of their working preferences.

Application Process:

Please apply with your CV and Cover letter outlining your suitability for the role.

Closing Date: 28th February 2021

About us

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. 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 (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 is accessible on day 1 for all 
  • Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract exceeding 12 months)
  • Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme 
  • 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

In 2020 we were 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.