Wellcome Sanger Institute: Senior/ Principal Software Developer - Bacterial Genomics at Wellcome Sanger Institute (Cambridge, UK) (Cambridge, UK)

Posted: Sep 13, 2019

We are looking to recruit a Senior/Principal Software Developer (grade dependent on skills and experience) to join a major international research project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, that aims to sequence the genomes of a large collection of Streptococcus agalactiae samples to inform global disease prevention strategies.


About you


We are seeking to appoint a talented, enthusiastic and motivated individual who enjoys developing software solutions for the curation and analytics of large-scale biological datasets. The role would suit somebody with a degree in a computer science discipline and several years of practical experience developing software in large or complex projects, who is a confident user of UNIX systems, and feels at home both in the back-end and the front-end world.


About the role


The role will involve developing a software system for the management, analysis and visualisation of large genomic datasets. It will also require maintenance of the existing software infrastructure as well as working closely with the other team members to understand scientific software requirements and providing input for strategic decisions relating to the team’s informatics operations. 


About the team


The post will be within the Genomics of Pneumonia and Meningitis team that belongs to the Parasites and Microbes Programme at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. The Institute has a world class record of pioneering the use of large-scale genomic data analysis to understand pathogen biology, epidemiology and evolution. You will join a team that is engaged in many exciting research topics such as pathogen person-to-person transmission, global spread, acquisition of antimicrobial resistance and changes in pathogen population in response to vaccine implementation. Our studies are supported by genomic, clinical and epidemiological data for thousands of samples providing opportunity for well-powered analyses. We are a multi-disciplinary team that combines the expertise of microbiologists, mathematicians, and bioinformaticians. We also work in strong collaboration with our Pathogen Informatics group. For more information about the team please see Genomics of Pneumonia and Meningitis.


For informal enquiries about the post please contact Stephen Bentley ([email protected])


Essential Skills 



  • A degree in computer science or a related discipline (or equivalent industrial experience)

  • Significant experience developing software in large or complex projects

  • Strong interest in developing new concepts for storing and sharing data

  • Significant programming experience in at least two programming languages

  • Knowledge and experience of UNIX system at an advanced level

  • Demonstrable experience working with relational database systems and manipulation via SQL

  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills

  • Self-motivated and proactive with ability to manage own workload effectively

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills


Ideal Skills 



  • Demonstrable experience of setting up websites

  • Working experience of both front-end and back-end software development

  • Working experience in bioinformatics

  • Experience of working in an Agile team

  • Experience of test-driven development


We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.


Please include a covering letter and CV with your application. Closing date: 13 October 2019

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