Full Stack Java Engineer

at European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) (view profile)
Location Hinxton, United Kingdom
Date Posted February 29, 2020
Category United Kingdom - Tier 1 Visa Jobs
Job Type java


We are seeking a Software Engineer to join the Data Coordination and Archiving Team at the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), which provides data coordination services for partners around the world for a portfolio of sequencing-based studies. With underlying infrastructure for these services based around the European Nucleotide Archive – one of life science’s largest and longest standing data resources – this is an opportunity to rise to the challenges of ‘big data’ and make contributions that advance the reach and utility of sequence data.

Your role

This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to the Darwin Tree of Life (https://www.darwintreeoflife.org/) project that aims to sequence the genomes of all 60,000 species of eukaryotic organisms in the British Isles. The objectives include producing specialised data indexing, presentation and retrieval microservices APIs, a data tracking system, and the main public web portal for the project. These interfaces will improve the discoverability and usability of the mass of data generated by the project. Finally, you will have responsibilities to contribute further to biodiversity genomics services and operations beyond the Darwin Tree of Life project.

You will design, develop and extend software, selecting appropriate technologies, to meet the data indexing and presentation needs of your projects. You will work with teams from across EMBL-EBI and collaborate with experts to provide innovative solutions, representing EMBL-EBI at project meetings and international conferences.

You have

Education: You should have a university degree in the computer or life sciences.~

Experience: at least three years experience in a software developer capacity, including

  • Strong command of Java, including Spring/Spring Boot
  • RESTful APIs
  • Developing web-based applications (html, css, Javascript frameworks such as Angular)
  • Proficiency with databases (Relational and noSQL)
  • Shell scripting
  • Adept in the full software development cycle including design, implementation, testing, version control and deployment


  • Strong analytical skills
  • Willingness to learn new skills as the project requires
  • Self-motivated and capable of working both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and English language skills

You might also have

  • Microservices architecture
  • ElasticSearch or similar data warehousing technology
  • CI/CD pipelines
  • Containerisation (Docker or similar) and orchestration
  • Cloud deployment
  • Prior experience working in a multidisciplinary scientific environment.

Why join us

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 over 27 member states and two associate member states. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 850 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world. EMBL 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 scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. For more information about pay and benefits click here. 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.

In addition to a highly competitive salary and a fantastic benefits package, this position offers exciting opportunities, both to work as part of a team on existing popular scientific resources, and to take the initiative in the development of new services. It would be perfect for a dynamic and motivated individual.

Opportunities will be provided for self-growth. These include working in a highly-skilled team on the Wellcome genome campus, a hub of scientific and technical expertise with many trainings and seminars available.  

What else you need to know

To view a copy of the full job description please click here

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV through our online system. Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. 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.

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