Vacancy Details: Software Developer (Bioinformatics Team)

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Quadram Institute Bioscience

The Quadram Institute is at the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health, developing solutions to worldwide challenges in food-related disease and human health.

We are engaged in fundamental and translational food and health research, alongside clinical studies, endoscopy and industry, working together to become a leading international hub for food and health research, combining scientific excellence and clinical expertise, delivering impacts on patient care and accelerating innovation.

In preparation for the full opening of the Quadram Institute in 2018, the Institute of Food Research transitioned into Quadram Institute Bioscience on April 28th 2017.

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Post Number1003441
Job TitleSoftware Developer (Bioinformatics Team)
Closing Date10 May 2018
Starting Salary£39,150 - £47,850
Hours per week 37
Expected/Ideal Start Date 04 Jun 2018
Months Duration Indefinite
Department Science Operations
Group Details The Bioinformatics team provides bioinformatics support for all of the research programs in the institute. This includes setting up and maintaining automated bioinformatics analysis pipelines, providing infrastructure support, providing a bioinformatics helpdesk facility, developing software tools to address new bioinformatics questions and managing computing cluster and cloud computing environments. The team aims to provide a robust bioinformatics foundation, allowing researchers to focus on their world leading science.
Advert Text Applications are invited for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join the Bioinformatics team at the Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), in Norwich, UK.

The Bioinformatics team works to maintain and develop bioinformatics resources in support of world leading food genomics research programmes. We work with huge genomic datasets, performing bioinformatics analysis using cloud computing and compute clusters and developing novel software methods to push the boundaries of research.

We currently have three open positions on different projects including software development, cloud computing, managing Big Data, building pipelines using Galaxy, bioinformatics data analysis and gut microbiome bioinformatics. One of these posts will have a focus towards bioinformatics, one will have a focus towards software development and one will focus on bioinformatics for the Gut Microbes and Health research programme.

We offer the chance to work with world leading, cutting edge technologies both in IT and computational biology and give you the opportunity to broaden your skills using open source technologies within a bioinformatics context. You will gain experience of working with Big Data and cloud computing, supporting up to 150 world class food science researchers and have the opportunity to work with researchers on publishing new methodologies.

The ideal candidate:

Ideal candidates will have a degree in computing, computational biology, bioinformatics or a related computational subject, a strong proficiency in Linux, and an ability to program in at least one programming language to an advanced level. They will also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as the post will involve working with staff across the Institute.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment for the software development post will be £39,150 - £47,850 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. Salary on appointment for the two bioinformatics posts will be £31,250 - £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.

All three posts are permanent and applications are welcomed from candidates seeking full time, part time or flexible working arrangements.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our website or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1003440/1.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sectors of society. The Institute supports equality of opportunity within the workplace and expects all employees to share and display these values. To support our commitment, we have a range of family, faith and diversity friendly working arrangements to help all staff achieve excellence in their area of work.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

About the Gut Microbes and Health Programme

The Gut Microbes and Health programme aims to obtain mechanistic knowledge on the role of the gut microbiome during normal healthy ageing in order to develop strategies that will improve lifelong health and wellbeing. Our programme is organised into three complementary themes, and is underpinned by two studies of very young (pregnancy and early life) and ageing/elderly East Anglia-based populations that form the basis for coordinated investigations addressing the mechanistic basis of microbiome-host interactions in health. Next generation sequencing, and bioinformatic/computational approaches, complemented by ongoing lab based studies, will be used to probe the complexity of the relationship between the gut microbiome and host.
Key relationships The post holder will work closely with Research Leaders, research scientists and bioinformaticians.
Main Activities & Responsibilities
Work independently to configure Linux systems and software
Building bioinformatics pipelines
Productionising novel software methods
Supporting and performing bioinformatics analysis
Monitoring and managing computing and storage resources
Supporting and communicating with other bioinformaticians
Data submissions to public archives
Provide training and support in programming to colleagues
Collaborate with colleagues and external stakeholders to develop processes and foster relationships
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post

Education & QualificationsRequirementImportance
MSc in computing, computational biology, bioinformatics, or a related computational subjectEssential
Research experience and/or PhD degreeDesirable

Specialist Knowledge & SkillsRequirementImportance
Advanced proficiency in LinuxEssential
Ability to program in at least 1 programming language to an advanced levelEssential
Knowledge of software development tools and processesEssential
Advanced knowledge of a modern scripting language such as PythonDesirable
Experience of working with biological analysis pipelines such as GalaxyDesirable

Relevant ExperienceRequirementImportance
Demonstrated experience in software development, documentation and code managementEssential
Experience using cloud computing or high performance computing clusters.Desirable
Experience of bioinformatics and familiarity with genome dataDesirable
Experience of researching/using/supporting external software packagesDesirable
Experience of working with Big DataDesirable

Interpersonal & Communication SkillsRequirementImportance
Clear written communication skillsEssential
Ability to rapidly attain new technical skills and understanding of new technical conceptsEssential
A high level of interpersonal skills to be able to elicit complex requirements from, and convey complex information to, group members with different levels of technical knowledgeEssential
Ability to quickly adapt to new problems and ideasEssential

Additional RequirementsRequirementImportance
Promotes equality and values diversityEssential
Ability to work unsupervisedEssential