Web Developer

Job Location
Wellcome Genome Campus
CB10 1SD
United Kingdom

EMBL-EBI 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.

Job Description

The Vertebrate Genomics Team seeks an enthusiastic full stack developer to work on websites for the Ensembl project at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), which is located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

Ensembl (http://www.ensembl.org/) is one of the most successful large-scale bioinformatics projects and one of the leading projects for genome annotation. Utilising Ensembl’s software stack for genome analysis and annotation the Ensembl web team develops interfaces for the dissemination and analysis of genome data. The same software stack is reused in Ensembl’s sister project Ensembl Genomes (http://www.ensemblgenomes.org). The successful candidate will work as part of a team of web developers with responsibilities including:

• Maintenance of the infrastructure needed for public service including mirror sites hosted on Amazon Web Services’ EC2 platform
• Development of new features for data visualisation and analysis
• Helping to ensure that the regular, scheduled updates to the Ensembl website are released as planned
• Developing the Ensembl platform in conjunction with the Ensembl and Ensembl Genomes teams
• Providing web support for other EMBL-EBI projects mainly based on Ensembl technology or data


Applicants should hold an MSc in a biological or computer science or have equivalent experience.

Previous experience of working in a large software development team would be advantageous. Working knowledge of biology/biochemistry/genomics is desirable but not essential. Maintaining communication with several collaborating teams is an important aspect of the role. Good communication and interpersonal skills are therefore essential. A flexible mindset, a capacity for independent work, and a commitment to the delivery of a high-quality public service, are all required. Applicants should be experienced in web development (JavaScript, CSS and HTML) ideally using Perl. Advanced knowledge of other modern languages, e.g. Python and PHP, would be considered. Knowledge of the following would be highly desirable: MySQL, Linux systems administration, Apache HTTP Server and mod_perl, Apache Solr, Git, AWS, software testing, user interface design and Ensembl.

About Our Organization

EMBL-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and is Europe's leading provider of information services to biological researchers in academia and industry. EMBL-EBI staff enjoy many benefits including sports facilities, a free shuttle bus to Cambridge and other nearby centres, and an attractive working environment set in 55 acres of parkland alongside being close to major transport links to London. Our salary scales are very competitive.

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