Software Engineer/Bioinformatician

Job Location
EMBL-EBI Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
United Kingdom

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

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

Job Description

We are seeking to recruit a Bioinformatician/Software Engineer to join the Protein function development team at the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. This team is responsible for major international protein sequence resources including the Universal Protein resource (UniProt).

The candidate will be part of the development team that maintains the databases, software and analysis pipelines for the production and release of the UniProt protein sequence databases. (S)he will be expected to gain a good understanding of the group projects and design, organize and develop the full lifecycle of our resources in close interaction with the team members at EBI as well as at the international teams involved in these projects. This is a central role in the production and development of services for crucial biological services for the scientific community.

The primary responsibilities include:

  • Design, development and maintenance of new modules, enhancements and scripts in the pipeline for the database release cycle
  • Organizing and running the production procedures on daily basis in synchronization with other staff members
  • Assessment of new technologies and procedures for shaping the database production environment
  • Development of pipelines for new data source imports
  • Quality Assurance and consistency tests of database release procedures
  • Coordination between all UniProt Consortium members involved in the database release cycle.

The EBI is a world-leading bioinformatics centre providing biological data to the scientific community, with expertise in data storage, analysis and representation. The Universal Protein Resource (UniProt) provides a central resource on protein information and a solid set of services and computational analysis of protein data. UniProt is produced by the UniProt Consortium – a collaboration between the EBI, the Protein Information Resource (PIR) and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB).


The ideal candidate should hold a bachelor's or higher degree in bioinformatics, computer science or related subject and previous experience in production pipelines is highly desirable.

You must have strong knowledge in shell scripting (BASH, Python) in a Unix/Linux environment. Experience in Java programming would be very valuable. You will have solid understanding of distributed programming. A strong knowledge of SQL (Oracle/PostgreSQL) scripting and reporting. Knowledge of main biological databases such as UniProtKB, InterPro, Ensembl, ENA, RefSeq would be very valuable.

The post holder should be able to work independently and interact well within a team of software developers and biologists. The position requires the ability to work under time pressure and the dedication to communicate frequently with local as well as consortium partners in the project. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills and should enjoy working in a stimulating and international culture.

How to Apply

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system.

About Our Organization

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

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