After receiving funding from the UK government to cover an 18 month project, we are assembling a team to pilot our prototype software providing DNA-based diagnostics and global surveillance information for tuberculosis (“Mykrobe Atlas”). We will trial it in Buenos Aires with collaborators at the Malbran Institute, with an intention of scaling it up as a global service in the future.
The new EMBL-EBI team (4 new members: architect/server-side API, dev ops, bioinformatic/analytics back-end, data curator) will work with two existing team members who built the current version, and a secondee from Buenos Aires. At the other end, in Buenos Aires, another developer will use the service “in the field”, working with the local expert group to use the information for patients. The EMBL-EBI team will work alongside the Iqbal research group, comprising 8 researchers (backgrounds in biology, computer science, and maths) from across the world.
The goal is to deliver a working system (with minimal features) to the customer (secondee mentioned above, onsite in same office) within 2 months of project start. This will be followed by multiple iterative loops of improving user-interface, analytics and performance, with direct customer feedback, both locally (EMBL-EBI) and then in Buenos Aires.Your roleThe postholder will be responsible for the asynchronous analysis (bioinformatics) jobs run as a result of user queries or data uploads. These containerised jobs will all run on a (Kubernetes) cluster, and are mostly pre-defined, mature and heavily tested (Mykrobe and SNP calling).
The role requires a mix of maintenance of existing jobs and development of new ones (e.g. Global SNP distance measurement). Working in tandem with senior bioinformatician and sharing user testing with the full team. End-to-end user-testing of the overall system is a secondary responsibility of this post.