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Senior Scientific Programmer - Pathogen Informatics
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Recruiter: Wellcome Sanger Institute
Listed on: 3rd January
Location: Cambridgeshire
Salary/Rate: £40345 - £48818
Type: Contract
Start Date:
Reference: 82959_1515015651
Contact Name: The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

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Salary in the region of £40,345 to £48,818 per annum plus excellent benefits

Fixed-term for 2 years

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic Scientific Programmer to work within the Pathogen Informatics team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The candidate will work as part of an international
collaboration involving software developers from the EuPathDB project at the Universities of Pennsylvania and Georgia, curators from the University of Liverpool, as well as researchers and developers in the Infection Genomics programme at the Sanger Institute to develop and maintain genome annotation
pipelines for protozoan parasites and pathogenic fungi species.

Protozoa are responsible for many of the neglected diseases (Sleeping Sickness, Chagas Disease, Leishmaniasis) that disproportionately affect the developing world. Fungi are responsible for more disease each year than malaria or tuberculosis. Having sclabale and robust pipelines that produce high quality genome annotation is key to interpreting the underlying genetics for disease causation and severity.

The Pathogen Informatics team follows principles of agile development so that the software can be rapidly prototyped, updated regularly and receive rapid feedback from scientists in the Infection Genomics programme and wider community. The team employ a test-driven development strategy for all software
development projects and strongly promote open source development using Github for all software projects.

Essential Skills:
- A degree in a scientific or engineering discipline (or equivalent industrial experience)
- Significant programming experience in one or more programming languages (e.g. Perl, Python, C etc.)
- Evidence of successful delivery in large or complex software projects and acting as a technical lead in both design and development
- Experience of object oriented development
- An ability to learn quickly on the job with excellent problem solving and analytical skills
- Must be self-motivated and proactive with ability to manage own workload effectively
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Knowledge and experience of UNIX/Linux

Ideal Skills:
- Experience and knowledge of genome annotation and curation
- Knowledge of relational database systems and manipulation via SQL
- Experience with agile software development methods
- Experience of test driven development

Please contact and please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

This is a fixed-term 2 year position and applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis

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