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 DIACHRON project ( at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

You will develop software in the field of data preservation on the Web and deliver novel software components to support the evolution and preservation of bio-medical data. You will be working in a team to utilise DIACHRON technology to help manage the evolution our bio-medical ontology repository ( and our semantic curation platform ( 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 of working with state-of-art Web technologies in a production grade environment.



This is a junior post and would suit a recent graduate with a BSc/MSc in bioinformatics or computer science.  You should be able demonstrate experience in programming in Java and/or Web application development and a familiarity with Javascript. This post would 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. 

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.

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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.

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