Job Location
Wellcome Genome Campus
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

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, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

Job Description

We are seeking a talented bioinformatician to join the Ensembl Genomes Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

Ensembl Genomes ( provides access to genome-scale data, including structural and functional annotation, comparative analysis, and polymorphism data, from non-vertebrate species, utilising the Ensembl software platform. The successful applicant will join the team and contribute to the generation and integration of data for release and the development of software pipelines to support this process. The applicant will also contribute to PomBase (, a collaborative project specifically serving the fission yeast research community, which also uses the Ensembl infrastructure. The successful applicant will join a team of ~25 people working on Ensembl Genomes and other related projects, embedded within a wider grouping comprising over 70 staff working on genome annotation, mostly using the Ensembl platform.

The successful candidate will work as part of a team of web developers with responsibilities including:

- Contribution to Ensembl Genomes data releases (data generation and integration)

- Development of software to support the release

- PomBase data releases

- Development of the PomBase web portal.


Applicants should have a degree in a biological or computer science, and proven professional programming experience. Advanced knowledge of at least one modern programming language is required; some experience with Perl is essential. Applicants are expected to be familiar with relational database management systems; specific experience with MySQL would be advantageous. Knowledge of the following would be highly desirable: Drupal, Git, Linux, software testing, and Ensembl. A background is research science is not required but a working knowledge of, or strong personal interest in, molecular biology and genomics is essential.

Maintaining communication with several collaborating teams is an important aspect of the role. Good communication and interpersonal skills are therefore essential. A flexible mind-set, a capacity for independent work, and a commitment to the delivery of a high-quality public service, are all required.

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About Our Organization

EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and it is a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. EMBL-EBI provides freely available data from life science experiments, performs basic research in computational biology and offers an extensive user training programme, supporting researchers in academic and industry. We have close ties with both the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

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