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Principal Software Developer

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Recruiter: The Wellcome Sanger Institute
Listed on: 15th February
Location: Hinxton, Cambridgeshire
Salary/Rate: £49,773 - £58,420
Salary Notes: Competitive
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

The Opportunity:

We are recruiting a Principal Software Developer to join a major international software development project that will produce a new generation genome annotation tool. Genome annotation is the process where biologists and bioinformaticians mark-up the structure and function of genes and other important features. The project will create a dynamic and visual tool using Groovy, React, and TypeScript. The final product will combine key features and strengths of the two current market leaders Artemis (developed at the Wellcome Sanger Institute) and Apollo (developed at the University of Berkeley), both of which have a significant global user base. The project will bring the two teams together and combine efforts on both sides of the Atlantic to develop a performant, modular and user-friendly product that serves the needs of the entire community.

About Us:

The post will be within Pathogen Informatics, a software development and support team in the Parasites and Microbes department at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. The dynamic team embraces agile methods and promotes open source software development. Pathogen Informatics work closely with the scientific groups on site and thus have a very direct link to the users of their products.

About You:

We are looking for talented and enthusiastic individual with a degree in a computer science discipline and several years of practical experience developing software. Previous bioinformatics experience will be beneficial but is not required. You will be experienced with UNIX systems, feel at home both in the back-end and the front-end world, and enjoy finding your own solutions to technical challenges. You will also be a keen communicator, driven by customer satisfaction, and motivated to support world-leading science at the Sanger Institute and across the Globe.

Essential skills:

  • MSc in a Computer Science discipline or equivalent working experience
  • Demonstrable experience of working with Java or JVM languages
  • Familiarity with modern JavaScript front-end technologies and frameworks
  • Demonstrable experience of working with relational database systems
  • Working knowledge of UNIX/Linux
  • Evidence of successful delivery in large or complex software projects
  • Ability to prioritise, manage workload, and deliver agreed activities consistently
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a range of global stakeholders at all levels

Ideal Skills:

  • Familiarity with graph databases
  • Experience in supporting cluster- and cloud-based computing platforms
  • Familiarity with container technologies such as Docker, Singularity, or Kubernetes
  • Working experience in biology or bioinformatics

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: 9/3/21

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.

Contact Name: The Wellcome Sanger Institute
Reference: TJ/2678/84136
Job ID: 2898611



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