Bioinformatician/Software Developer

Job Location
Hinxton, near Cambridge
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. We provide a dynamic, international working environment and have close ties with the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

EMBL-EBI staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities, a free shuttle bus to Cambridge and other nearby centres, an active sports and social club and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland.

Job Description

We are looking to recruit a Bioinformatician/Software Developer to join The Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies Team on the BioMedBridges project ( at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

This post involves the development of software components for the EBI’s RDF platform (http:/// and the Ontology Lookup Service ( The post holder will work in a team coding environment using agile development practices to deliver tools for semantic data integration.  This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the field of semantic interoperability and annotation of data for biomedicine.



This is a junior post and will suit a recent graduate with a BSc/MSc in bioinformatics or computer science. You will be able demonstrate experience in programming in Java and/or Web application development and a familiarity with Javascript. This post will suit an individual with an interest in Semantic Web/Linked Open Data technologies and any prior experience with Ontologies, RDF and SPARQL is desirable but not required.  Extensive work experience is not necessary for this role, though a familiarity with agile development processes and team coding is desirable.

How to Apply

We welcome applications irrespective of gender and appointment will be based on merit alone. Applications are welcome from all nationalities - visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

Please apply online through

About Our Organization

The 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.

Students whose classmates are interested in science are more likely to think about a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, a new study says.

CNBC reports that the genetic counseling field is expected to grow as personalized medicine becomes more common.

Gladys Kong writes at Fortune that her STEM background has helped her as a CEO.

Social scientists report that the image of the 'lone scientist' might be deterring US students from STEM careers.