Project Leader Software – Big data management

With European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in Hinxton - GB

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Posted on February 12, 2020

About this job

Location options: Visa sponsor, Paid relocation
Job type: Full-time
Experience level: Senior
Role: System Administrator
Industry: Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Computer Software
Company size: 501–1k people
Company type: Public


java, apache, oop

Job description

We are seeking to recruit a Project Leader in Software in charge of Big data management and development in the Protein Function development team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.

The post-holder must have over 8 years of experience in Java development within a biological database production environment. S(he) will lead the development of big data and distributed technologies in the production of the world leading resource UniProt. He will also lead the computational annotation pipeline of this resource at EMBL-EBI.  

Your role

The primary responsibilities include:

  • Lead, design and development of production software to generate large databases by using big data processing technologies like Apache Spark
  • Work with the team in the testing of new technologies and their integration into software pipelines
  • Development of computational annotation pipelines for a large number of proteins in the UniProt database
  • Maintenance and optimization of existing software production pipelines
  • Lead and development of Quality Assurance methodologies and Java code standards for the team
  • Design, development and maintenance of new modules, enhancements and scripts for the database release cycle
  • Coordination between all UniProt Consortium members involved in the database release cycle.


You have

The ideal candidate must have more than 8 years of experience Java programming in a Unix/Linux environment. You will have strong experience with distributed programming and proven experience of Big data processing technologies. A strong knowledge about the design principles of relational (Oracle, PostgreSQL) and non-relational databases (MongoDB) and the indexing technology Apache Solr is also required. You will be highly familiar with standard development tools and with good coding practices and approaches (VCS, OOP, IoC, automated testing, clean coding principles, code reviews). Additionally a strong background in Python programming, Bash scripting,  familiarity with with an HPC scheduler like LSF and an understanding of networking are required. You should have years of experience working with protein sequence databases and a good knowledge of UniProt data and data model.  

You might also have

The post holder should be able to work independently and interact well within a team of software developers and biologists. The position requires the ability to work under time pressure and the dedication to communicate frequently with local as well as consortium partners in the project. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills, (s)he should enjoy working in a stimulating and international culture.  

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 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.

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.

3 year staff member contract renewable up to 9 years of service

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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