Key information

  • Location: EMBL-EBI Hinxton
  • Staff category: Staff Member - Science, research and training
  • Contract duration: 3 years
  • Grading: 5 (monthly salary starting at £2,676 after tax)
  • Closing date: 13 July 2020
  • Reference number: EBI01645

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About this position

We are seeking an enthusiastic Bioinformatician, with a particular proficiency or willingness to learn to understand and write production level code. The Data Coordination and Archiving Team at the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) provides data coordination services for partners around the world for a portfolio of sequencing-based studies. With underlying infrastructure for these services based around the European Nucleotide Archive – one of life science’s largest and longest standing data resources – this is an opportunity to rise to the challenges of ‘big data’ and make contributions that advance the reach and utility of sequence data.

Your role

This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to the Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes (FAANG; project. You will be responsible for support and development of software to handle data curation, coordination, validation, distribution and visualisation for three FAANG consortia each with a different species and scientific focus (AQUA-FAANG, BovReg and GENE-SWitCH).

You will work with these large scientific communities to define and implement metadata standards, develop software to validate and improve data descriptions and develop, and extend, existing web data portals such as ( to meet the specific needs of each consortium. The data portals will include Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and bespoke data visualisation and presentation solutions.  You will also support efforts for the development of standardised containerised workflows and cloud platform integration.

As part of this team, you will have many opportunities to engage with data generators, project users, and collaborators, to which you will provide guidance and support on utilisation of the team's software and support users to provide rich metadata descriptions.

The Data Coordination and Archiving team is part of the Molecular Archive Resource cluster and as a member of this team you will work with a range of archives at EMBL-EBI to support the livestock community in sharing and gaining access to well described, high quality sample and genomic data.

You have

You should have a bachelors or higher degree, or have equivalent experience in Bioinformatics, Genetics, Computer Science, or related fields. We are particularly looking for someone with an already proven proficiency or willingness to learn to produce production level code.

Excellent communication skills and an ability to work to tight deadlines are essential. The post holder will be required to communicate technical documents, take part in code reviews, as well as provide user-oriented communication with external and internal users of the systems. Required experience:

  • Python
  • RESTful APIs
  • Basic understanding of Javascript
  • Proficiency with database connectivity.
  • Unix/Linux environments
  • Good understanding of ‘omics research, data and technologies.
  • Git and working in a collaborative software environment
  • Willingness to learn new skills as the project requires
  • Self-motivated and capable of working both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and English language skills 

You might also have

  • Knowledge of ontology and standards development
  • Experience developing or maintaining web-based applications (html, css, Javascript frameworks such as Angular, Python web frameworks such as Django and Django Rest Framework)
  • Experience with ElasticSearch or similar data warehousing technology
  • Experience processing of biological archive data
  • Previous experience in livestock ‘omics research
  • Track Hub Development
  • Containerisation (Docker or similar) and orchestration
  • Cloud deployment
  • Tests and CI/CD 

Why join us

In addition to highly competitive salary and fantastic benefits package this position offers exciting opportunities, both to work as part of a team on existing popular scientific resources, and to take the initiative in the development of new data coordination and presentation services. It would be perfect for a dynamic and motivated individual.

Opportunities will be provided for self-growth. These include working in a highly-skilled team on the Wellcome genome campus, a hub of scientific and technical expertise with many trainings and seminars available.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else. If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, cafés and restaurant and a library.

What else you need to know

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To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels.

Appointment will be based on merit alone.

This position is limited to the project duration specified.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.

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