Software Development Project Leader

Job Location
Hinxton, Near Cambridge
United Kingdom
Job Description

We are looking for a Project Leader with experience in working on large software systems, for the development and maintenance of user facing components developed in the Functional Genomics Software Development team - ArrayExpress, Annotare (the data submission tool for ArrayExpress) and the BioStudies database, a new data resource that will serve as a generic data archive at EMBL-EBI for biomolecular datasets. The post-holder will play a key role in the specification, design, implementation and maintenance of software components for the BioStudies database as an extension of the existing Gene Expression database, ArrayExpress, with a particular emphasis on data submission tools and data access interfaces. The Project Leader will also ensure that the existing production level database infrastructure is functional. The work will be performed jointly with software engineers, data curators and bioinformaticians.

The post holder will also be required to design and implement efficient data integration procedures with other resources at EMBL-EBI and beyond; this work will involve liaison with the teams maintaining these resources. Contribution to EMBL-EBI activities in aligning various aspects of resource development will be expected.

The Project Leader will be able to deliver and maintain reliable and robust software components. (S)He will coordinate a small team of 2-3 developers, and will have an active role in setting software development directions for the team.


We are looking for people with a strong interest in software engineering and design - a degree in computer science, mathematics, IT, or a related field is necessary.

Experience with requirements analysis, design and development of web-based data manipulation tools is essential. Bioinformatics, biology, or life sciences experience is a strong advantage. The list of essential specific skills includes:

  • minimum of 5 years' experience in Java programming and thorough knowledge of related EE Java technologies including JDBC, servlets, JSP;
  • minimum of 5 years’ experience with JavaScript development, knowledge of popular JavaScript frameworks; and,
  • leadership and management in mid-to-large scale software projects.
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About Our Organization

EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. We are a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. We provide a dynamic, international working environment and have close ties with both the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. EMBL-EBI staff enjoy many benefits including 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.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

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 note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

Applications will close at midnight German time on the date listed above.

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