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Senior Programmer at European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) (Hinxton, UK)

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated Senior Programmer to work at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK. The EMBL-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 the academic and industrial sectors.

You will be working with 11 highly skilled professionals in Web Production Team led by Rodrigo Lopez, across a number of activities aimed at improving access to core services such as scientific text search, biological sequence analysis, improving access to collaboration platforms and web server provisioning for internal as well as external users and collaborators. You will be experienced with modern software development technologies and best practices and ideally be familiar with bioinformatics data and tools. You will be highly visible and participate regularly in internal and external events such as seminars, workshops and conferences at the international level. A proactive individual who learns new things quickly would be ideal for this role.

The successful applicant will work in the development and management of the EBI Search, a highly successful full text search system that encompasses all the data resources EMBL-EBI manages. EBI Search has been developed using the Apache Lucene Core library and stands side-by-side with developments such as Solr and Elasticsearch. Emphasis has been placed in scientific search, covering many different disciplines; e.g. DNA and protein sequence annotations, cheminformatics, literature, bioinformatics ontologies, biomolecular structures, etc.

Qualifications and Experience

You will have a Master’s or higher degree in computer science, software development or have equivalent experience and demonstrated experience in full-stack web applications development (i.e. back-end and front-end tiers, including web-based clients, programmatic access APIs (e.g. REST), and data access layers). Java technologies and frameworks (e.g. Spring) are widely used within the organization, so experience is required, together with modern component-based front-end technologies (e.g. Angular). Knowledge of scripting language such as Perl/Python is also desirable.

Prior work experience should include two or more years' software development in a team environment and supporting production systems in an academic or commercial setting. The ability to work within a team is critical to this position and excellent communication skills, verbal and written, are essential. The Senior Programmer will be required to communicate technical documents as well as provide user orientated communication with external and internal users of the system. An ability to work to tight deadlines and the ability to work with minimal direction when making technical decisions is essential.


  • Previous experience evaluating open-source software and its subsequent integration to a production system

  • Familiarity with agile development practices and the full software development lifecycle in a team environment

  • Familiarity with Elastic search/Solr/Lucene and when to use them

  • You will have experience using high performance computing frameworks such as Hadoop, Apache Spark or IBM/LSF.

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