Job Location
EMBL-EBI 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 to recruit an experienced Bioinformatician. You will join the Genome Analytics team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

 The world of molecular biology is getting ready for a revolution, brought in by the development of new sequencing based assays to determine the 3D structure of chromatin. Thanks to these measurements, researchers are studying the complex mechanisms by which a constant genome sequence controls dynamic gene expression in each cell type. It is a recent field, but already extremely large datasets are being produced.

EMBL-EBI is one of the world’s largest public repositories of biological scientific data, providing resources for scientists to share and re-examine their experimental data. We are therefore setting up infrastructure, in collaboration with the Multiscale Genomics (MuG) consortium to capture this wealth of cutting-edge data.

 The primary role of this position is to process and store this molecular interaction data. Typical tasks of the role will comprise:

  • Developing software pipelines to process the data efficiently and reliably, in collaboration with domain experts;
  • Developing storage solutions to store the results of these analyses;
  • Developing web services to provide these results to the outside world;
  • Reporting to collaborators on phone calls and meetings.

You will have experience in robust software development practices.  Previous work with large scientific consortia, especially in the field of genomics, would be strongly preferred.

 We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with good communication and interpersonal skills. You must have scientific curiosity and initiative. You must be able to work both autonomously and as part of a closely interacting team of international scientists. Skill in delivering a high quality product with excellent attention to detail and within fixed deadlines is essential.

 This position is focused on code development, hence you must be a strong developer, able to initiate and see through large coding projects independently. Extensive technical experience is key, including: 

  • Managing large datasets;
  • Data-mining;
  • MySQL databases;
  • Object-oriented Perl programming;
  • Familiarity with high-throughput DNA sequencing data.


How to Apply

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About Our Organization

The EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and is Europe's leading provider of information services to biological researchers in academia and industry. The institute is located on the Wellcome Genome Campus at Hinxton, near Cambridge, UK. We enjoy many benefits including sports facilities, a free shuttle bus to Cambridge and other nearby centres, and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland. For further information please visit

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