Wellcome Sanger Institute

Software Developer

2024-08-01 (Europe/London)
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Do you want to help us improve human health and understand life on Earth? Make your mark by shaping the future to enable or deliver life-changing science to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

We are looking for a passionate Software Developer with a keen interest to join the the New Pipeline Group (NPG) Sequencing Informatics services team at Wellcome Sanger Institute on a Permanent basis.

About the Role:

You will help the (NPG) team provide the core sequencing informatics services which help Sanger do the science at scale. You will be responsible for developing, maintaining and advising on key tools required by the team for our high throughput sequencing data systems.

About You:

You will have significant proven experience in software development, be able to work well in a team following Agile development practices, and be interested in helping us support the science at Sanger.

Essential Technical Skills:

  • A degree in either Science OR Maths OR Computer Science OR equivalent experience
  • Proven experience in Software Development
  • In-depth knowledge of Perl (e.g. Moose, DBIX::Class, PerlCritic)
  • In-depth knowledge of C (e.g. dynamic memory use, use of external libraries like htslib, use of autotools, use of a debugger, use of profiling tools)
  • Proven knowledge of at least one of the following; Python, Javascript, Go-lang, R, SQL database, SQL tuning, Web applications/ servers/ concepts
  • Proven experience in OO concepts
  • Linux system knowledge, git version control use and unit testing
  • In addition, you will have experience of at least one discipline from:
    • Proven experience of bioinformatics or command line data processing tools
    • User support identifying requirements and making specifications
    • Application design, implementation, tuning and support, database design, database administration, CI/CD, process design

Essential Competencies and Behaviours:

  • Ability to work with other team members in identifying, sharing and resolving work, especially within team Agile practices
  • Good communication skills to be able to help gather complex requirements from, and convey complex information to, groups with different levels of technical knowledge and from different areas of interest
  • Ability to quickly adapt to new problems and ideas
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and conflict managing skills

About Us:

The 14 strong NPG team of bioinformaticians and software developers support the DNA sequencing at Sanger is key to the scale-up research which is possible at the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

For Illumina sequencing, NPG provides the tracking, QC, and analysis systems. Our automated high-throughput analysis systems provide analyses appropriate for the study, sample, and type of library being sequenced. When requested, the team may also provide bespoke or tailored analysis for our faculty customers (for example, 10X single cell processing using other experimental data). For PacBio sequencing , NPG provide a QC system, integrate the provider's SMRTLink tool and also, when requested, provide tailored analysis.

NPG provides consistent delivery of all the varied data products with appropriate metadata and access control.

The NPG team liaises with DNA Pipelines and faculty informatics to gather requirements and best practices. DNA Pipelines ensure we’re aware of changes in the nature of the product and demand e.g. new instruments, new instrument types, and new projects with expected throughput and processing requirements.

NPG continuously reviews its systems with an eye to product trends and implements long rolling projects to accommodate them.

The NPG team has to maintain informatics, Illumina sequencing, and genotyping knowledge sufficient to anticipate and understand DNA Pipelines customer requirements so that requests can be anticipated, evaluated, and rejected or implemented appropriately.

Other Information:

We operate a hybrid working pattern with the requirement of a minimum 2 - 3 days working onsite.

We welcome applications equally from those who wish to work full time (37 hours) or for a minimum of 30 hours per week via a flexible working arrangement.

Application Process:  

Please apply with your CV and a brief Covering letter indicating the hours you're interested in, also outlining how you meet the technical skills set out above, why you want to apply to this role and what value/experience you can bring, addressing the essential technical skills. Please indicate if you have In-depth knowledge of C.

Shortlisting: W/C 5th Aug

Stage 1: 30 minute zoom W/C 12th Aug

Stage 2: Technical Assessment W/C 19th Aug

Stage 3: Campus interview W/C 26th Aug

Salary per annum: £49,072 to £56,500

Software Developer job family: Grade 2 Role profile

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 1st August 2024

Hybrid Working at Wellcome Sanger:

We recognise that there are many benefits to Hybrid Working; including an improved work-life balance, with more focused time, as well as the ability to organise working time so that collaborative opportunities and team discussions are facilitated on campus. The hybrid working arrangement will vary for different roles and teams. The nature of your role and the type of work you do will determine if a hybrid working arrangement is possible.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

We aim to attract, recruit, retain and develop talent from the widest possible talent pool, thereby gaining insight and access to different markets to generate a greater impact on the world. We have a supportive culture with the following staff networks, LGBTQ+, Parents and Carers, Disability and Race Equity to bring people together to share experiences, offer specific support and development opportunities and raise awareness. The networks are also a place for allies to provide support to others.

We want our people to be whoever they want to be because we believe people who bring their best selves to work, do their best work. That’s why we’re committed to creating a truly inclusive culture at Sanger Institute. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Our Benefits:

We are proud to deliver an awarding campus-wide employee wellbeing strategy and programme. The importance of good health and adopting a healthier lifestyle and the commitment to reduce work-related stress is strongly acknowledged and recognised at Sanger Institute.

Sanger Institute became a signatory of the International Technician Commitment initiative In March 2018.  The Technician Commitment aims to empower and ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines.

Every year the Wellcome Sanger Institute supports the visits of dozens of overseas researchers from across the globe to the Genome campus to collaborate, share insights and to undertake ground-breaking scientific research. Our reliable in-house service provides expert advice and guidance to support current and prospective staff, and visitors at various points of their journey. We are able to provide guidance through your entire journey, from initial visa application through to extensions and applications of Indefinite Leave to Remain, the service is proud to support your personal applications and those of your dependants and family members. 

For more information about our immigration service visit: https://www.sanger.ac.uk/about/careers/global-mobility-and-immigration-service/

Job details

Software Developer
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
Application deadline
2024-08-01 23:59 (Europe/London)
2024-08-02 00:59 (CET)
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We are a world-leading genomics research institute. Our work helps improve human health and understand life on Earth.

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