Developer (International Gemone Project)

European Bioinformatics Institute (Embl-Ebi) | Hinxton

Date listed

2 weeks ago

Employment Type

Full time

Glassdoor Rating

4/5 (59 reviews)

Keywords: unix aws mysql

We are looking for a versatile Developer/Bioinformatician who cares about open access to scientific data and putting FAIR principles into practice while working with one of the most valuable and high-profile data collections in genomics.

This is an opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development and sharing of resources initially established by the 1000 Genomes Project (, a foundational project in human genomics. The International Genome Sample Resource (IGSR), based at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), builds on the 1000 Genomes Project, maintaining and expanding its openly consented reference resources, which are heavily used by the scientific community. This expansion is further driven via the Human Genome Structural Variation Consortium (HGSVC) and the Human Pangenome Reference Consortium (HPRC). We are seeking to recruit an experienced and highly motivated Developer/Bioinformatician to join this effort.

Your primary responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining and developing our data portal and website infrastructure;
  • Maintaining and building pipelines and infrastructure capable of supporting archiving and distribution of data via multiple platforms, such as the project FTP site and Clouds managed by collaborators (i.e. AWS and AnVIL);
  • Developing archiving strategies for novel data types and performing data coordination tasks, working proactively with data generation labs and transferring files to our public FTP site;
  • Extracting data and metadata from the archives;
  • Integrating new data and metadata with our existing resources in a user-friendly way;
  • Developing and maintaining tools that assist users in accessing the data;
  • Liaising with members of Ensembl, other groups at EMBL-EBI and collaborators worldwide;
  • Supporting our users, delivering training and presenting at conferences.

You will have experience of working in a production development environment, working on a shared codebase, meeting specifications and working to deadlines. You will also have experience of working collaboratively in a scientific environment, demonstrating an ability for clear and accurate technical communication.

You will be comfortable working in a UNIX/Linux environment and have extensive and demonstrable programming experience, preferably using OOP. In addition, you will demonstrate a willingness to learn the range of technologies used by the project and new technologies as needed. You will have experience of RDBMS, preferably with MySQL.

We are seeking highly motivated candidates with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. You must have curiosity, initiative and a willingness to learn. You will work both independently and as part of a closely interacting team of international scientists. 

Why join us

EMBL-EBI is a worldwide leader in bioinformatics. We encourage personal and professional development and are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their potential at work.

Surrounded by beautiful South Cambridgeshire countryside, our state-of-the-art Campus provides employees with a relaxed atmosphere where the pursuit of scientific discovery and meaningful work, underpin every role. In addition, our employees have access to a wide range of benefits including:

  • 30 days annual leave per year plus 8 bank holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Unique pension scheme including 17% employer contribution
  • Annual salary review
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
  • Death benefit, long-term care, accident at work and unemployment insurances
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required)
  • On-site library and subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria
  • Casual dress code
  • Free shuttle bus to and from Campus
  • Extensive sports and social club activities (run on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: Onsite nursery, child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
  • Benefits for non UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance