European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI): Software Engineer at European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) (Hinxton, UK) (Hinxton, UK)

Posted: Feb 13, 2020

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic software engineer who wishes to develop and maintain the software controlling high-end instruments and the associated large-volume flows of data, a crucial element for enabling Structural Biology. At EMBL Hamburg an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Software Engineer to work in the field of “Big Data” management affiliated to the beamline instrumentation team. EMBL is operating an Integrated Facility for Structural Biology at the PETRA III synchrotron radiation source at DESY, Hamburg. The core of the facility is formed by three X-ray beamlines providing state-of-the-art conditions for X-ray crystallography and small-angle X-ray scattering experiments and a protein crystallisation facility. The facilities are open to the international scientific community and hundreds of users visit them every year.  


Your role


You will participate in the design, implementation, documentation, maintenance, and continuous improvement of the data acquisition systems and the integrated beamline control. Tasks will range from cutting edge data management of large data volumes created by high frame rate area detectors, integration of real-time data analysis and visualization, instrument server programming, scripting of experimental flows to further development and operation of the beamline high-performance computing and storage infrastructure. You will work in an international team of technicians, engineers and scientists and will support user operation at the beamlines which can include also off-hours work on short notice.  


You have


Applicants should:



  • Have a master or an equivalent degree in software engineering, computer science or a related discipline;

  • Have a minimum of 2 years experience in control software and/or application programming of scientific instruments;

  • Be acquainted with multithreaded programming and client-server applications in a distributed, primarily LINUX based control environment;

  • Have proven skills in C/C++, Python and expertise in software development tools;

  • Have excellent communication skills to collaborate in an international and multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers. The working language is English.



You might also have


Knowledge about LabVIEW, Java and PLC based applications is an advantage.  


Why join us


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits. Scientists and engineers at the EMBL Hamburg Unit benefit from cutting-edge technology to enable leading research in Structural Biology using on-site synchrotron radiation beamlines operated by EMBL Hamburg and opportunities for collaboration with colleagues from all six EMBL sites.  


What else you need to know


We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1600 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome. Our mission is to offer vital services in training scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research. Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.  

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