Full Stack Software Engineer


2017-12-08 06:55:07

Job location London City, England, United Kingdom

Job type: fulltime

Job industry: Science & Technology

Job description

Full Stack Software EngineerLocation:EMBL-EBI Hinxton near Cambridge, UK Staff Category:SupernumeraryContract Duration:12 months
Grading:5 (monthly salary starting at £2,552 after tax).Closing Date:31st December 2017
Reference Number:EBI_01088Job Description

We are seeking to recruit two enthusiastic, highly motivated Full-stack Software Engineers to work at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) located at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

You will be working in the Technology Science Integration group led by Steven Newhouse, the Head of Technical Services, on a series of projects benefitting EMBL-EBI's internal and external communities. This work may include:

  • Deploying, developing and integrating technologies provide functionality such as:
    a)a portal allowing creation of bespoke cloud deployments
    b)a service to provide authorization and profile functionality to a range of products
  • Evaluating new tools and technologies for integration into our service offering coming from the open-source communities
  • Assisting development teams in troubleshooting production issues

You will be working with members of EMBL-EBI's Technical Services Cluster (to integrate your software with the other services operated at EMBL-EBI and from other service providers) and with internal and external users (to gather their initial requirements and support their use of your software) supported through internally and externally funded projects.

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 23 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.

Qualifications and Experience

You will have a bachelor's degree or higher 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, 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). Scripting language experience such as Perl/Python is also desirable.

Prior work experience should include two or more year's 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 software engineer will be required to communicate technical documents, take part in the daily Scrum, as well as provide user orientated communication with external and internal users of the systems. An ability to work to tight deadlines is essential as are excellent English language skills and the ability to work with minimal direction when making technical decisions.

Desirable skills include:

  • 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
  • Experience with VM and/or container deployment in public or private cloud environments
  • Experience of working within a dev/ops environment

You will be able to pay attention to detail but also meet deadlines. You will also demonstrate innovation and a willingness to take on new challenges. You will have a passion for code development and making software that can be used. You have the knowledge and experience to make technical decisions with minimal supervision.


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

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.

Application Instructions

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

Additional Information

Applications are welcome from all nationalities - visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

The positions are limited to the contract duration specified, since these are maternity cover roles.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.

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