Senior Software Developer x2

The Wellcome Sanger Institute
13 Jan 2021
10 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Software Developer x2
Are you a Senior Software Developer with a desire to make a difference? Looking for a great team working to change how bioscience is done?
About Us:
The High throughout Spatial Genomics (HTSG) team at the Sanger Institute, the University of Newcastle and the Open Microscopy Environment at the University of Dundee are embarking on an exciting collaboration as part of the Human Cell Atlas to develop a cellular atlas of embryonic human development. This project will combine single cell and imaging-based transcriptomic approaches to map the cellular architecture of the human embryo at unprecedented resolution. Furthermore, we aim to establish experimental and computational workflows that can be widely applied to diverse cell atlassing projects.
About the Role:
We are seeking Senior Software Developers to help construct this globally unique resource. Our goal is to make these critical data a critical reference for the scientific community. This role will focus on the construction of data formats, backend storage mechanisms and APIs that will be the foundation for this atlas.
About You:
You will join a team of supportive Senior Software Developers based in Cambridge, Newcastle and Dundee. We work together to deliver unique, world-leading applications that are the heart of many scientists' work. We value collaboration, and thrive on creativity and well-designed code. We passionately follow open source development and licensing and make major contributions to Bio-Formats and OMERO, software applications that are installed in thousands of labs around the world. We maintain the Image Data Resource, one of the largest biomedical imaging repositories worldwide. We are also now taking on the challenge of build a new human development atlas and need your help!
You will work independently to deadlines but also collaborate closely with team members and other researchers based in the UK, Germany, Japan, the USA and elsewhere.
We value the diversity of employees, students, visitors and collaborators on our shared campus and we have in place a range of policies and benefits to provide a supportive and inclusive environment.
Essential Skills
  • Experience with client-server application development in Java or Python;
  • Excellent programming skills balancing performance with stable APIs;
  • Experience with Linux, Mac OS X or any proprietary Unix flavour;
  • Strong collaborative skills with an eye towards efficiency and creativity;
Ideal Skills
  • Database experience (preferably PostgreSQL);
  • Microservice experience (preferably Vert.x);
  • Experience with one or more of HDF5, NetCDF, Zarr, N5, TileDB
  • Experience in an open source development project;
  • Cloud computing and/or containerisation platforms (AWS, Google Cloud, Docker, OpenStack)
  • Search technology (Elasticsearch, Sparql, or other JSON-LD dialects)
Other information
Whilst the developments around COVID-19 continue to evolve, the Wellcome Genome Campus is closed for all but essential functions and facilities.
People remain at the centre of everything that we do and the majority of our staff are now working remotely to ensure continuity of operations, making use of remote communication and collaboration tools.
Interviews will be taking place virtually and the successful candidate should expect to be fully supported through remote on-boarding and working from home until the Campus re-opens to all staff. This approach may vary for individuals located overseas and/or where a visa is required and starting will be based on a number of factors, we will be able to provide specialist advice to those affected candidates.
Flexible Working
We appreciate the importance of achieving a healthy work-life balance and support this with a number of benefits, including a flexible working policy for those who may wish to apply to amend their working pattern or arrangement. We welcome applications for this position that are looking for flexible working, such as flexible start and finish times, and equal consideration will be given to individuals regardless of their working preferences.
Application Process:
Please apply with your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role.
Also, you can send us Your GitHub profile, repositories you're proud of, apps you have created (these are optional).
Closing Date: 10/02/21
About us
The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth.
Our benefits:
There's an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.
As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:
  • 25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
  • Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page on our website)
  • Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
  • Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children and Summer holiday club
  • Life Assurance is accessible on day 1 for all
  • Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract exceeding 12 months)
  • Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme
  • Eyecare and Dental payment plans
  • Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site
Being part of the Wellcome Genome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:
  • Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
  • A car-share initiative
  • Free parking
  • A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
  • A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events
In 2020 we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.