Software Engineer

Job Location
Wellcome Genome Campus
Hinxton, near Cambridge
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom
Grade 5 (monthly salary starting at £2,387.20 free of UK income tax plus mobility and other allowances where applicable)
Job Description

We are looking for two experienced Java Software Engineers to join the Proteomics Services and Molecular Interactions Teams at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) which is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

The post holders will work at the interface of proteomics and biomolecular networks on the implementation of distributed database resources in a highly international context.  You will work in a global, team-oriented environment and collaborative closely with developers, bioinformaticians and scientists across EMBL-EBI and with external partners.

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. We are part of EMBL, Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences.


You will have a degree in computer science or bioinformatics and be able to demonstrate a minimum of 3 years' experience in Java software development, ideally in a life science environment.

It is essential for the post-holder to have a profound knowledge of Java and a good knowledge of Unix/Linux. Experience in relational databases, data management and query systems as well as experience with JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3 and RESTFul services are also required. Candidates who can demonstrate knowledge of Tomcat, SQL, Maven, Lucene/Solr, XML technologies, Spring, Jersey, GWT and HTML5 Canvas, would have a distinct advantage.

You will be expected to work independently and to interact well within a highly international distributed team environment. You will also be expected to collaborate closely with developers, bioinformaticians, scientists across EMBL-EBI and with external partners so excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

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

Applications will close at 23.00 GMT on the date listed above.

About Our Organization

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 and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

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.

The initial contract is until March 2018 for position 1 and until June 2017 with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

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