Genomics Software Development Project Lead

Software Development and Engineering
Hinxton, UK

We have an opportunity for a Genomics Software Development Project Lead to be assigned to one of two key areas of EMBL-EBI’s genomics portfolio: Agriculture and Biodiversity, or Pathogens.

For Agriculture and Biodiversity, the postholder will be responsible for development and coordination of the Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes project (FAANG), that aims to identify all functional elements in farmed animals and the Darwin Tree of Life project that aims to sequence the genomes of all 70,000 eukaryotic species in the British Isles.

For Pathogens, the primary focus will be EMBL-EBI's COVID-19 rapid scientific response, with development of the COVID-19 Data Portal and COVID-19 cloud based analytical platform.

Your role

This is a Leadership role with direct exposure to some of our flagship projects. You will be instrumental in the architectural design and implementation of data coordination services for the assigned projects. Taking ownership for an existing portfolio of data coordination, cloud compute and Data Portal systems and supplementing these with appropriate modern technologies to satisfy data coordination requirements.

The role will focus on sustainable delivery of common architectural components across the projects, ensuring stability through extensive testing and effective collaborative development and ensuring future portability/scalability through appropriate use of containerisation and cloud technologies.

It is likely the Project Leader will take ownership of developmental activity planning, architecture and strategy for designated services including task scheduling and the management of staff contributing to it's development. Your input will be valued, participating actively in team management meetings and strategic planning. Project Leaders take an active role in team life and are a point of contact within and outside EMBL-EBI for the projects in which they are involved.

From time to time you may have the opportunity to act as an EMBL-EBI representative at conferences, project management meetings and take an active role in the development and delivery of community training.

Additionally, your role will include:

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Closing date: 15 May 2021

You have

This is a technical software development management position and the ideal candidate will hold a bachelors or higher degree, or have equivalent experience, in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, or related fields.

You will need to be able to evidence your ability to write, understand, review, and maintain complex code, design technical solutions to relevant projects and quickly adapt to evolving technologies. It is expected that you will have at least five years experience in a production software environment and it would be advantageous if some of this was in a biological setting.

The successful candidate is likely to have significant experience in the following:

You might also have

The following would be highly desirable:

Why join us

Do something meaningful
At EMBL-EBI you can apply your talent and passion to accelerate science and tackle some of humankind's greatest challenges. EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in the storage, analysis and dissemination of large biological datasets. We provide the global research community with access to publicly available databases and tools which are crucial for the advancement of healthcare, food security, and biodiversity. 

Join a culture of innovation
We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, alongside other prominent research and biotech organisations, and surrounded by beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. This is a highly collaborative and inclusive community where our employees enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. We are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their professional potential. 

Enjoy lots of benefits:

For more details please see our employee benefits page.


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