Wellcome Sanger Institute

🟥 Software Developer

Job description

Do you want to help us improve human health and understand life on Earth? Make your mark by shaping the future to enable or deliver life-changing science to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

💻 About Us

Life at the Sanger Institute is unique. We are tackling some of the most difficult challenges in genomic research.  Our people are shaping the future by delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and creativity to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.  We aim to attract, recruit, retain and develop talent from the widest possible talent pool, thereby gaining insight and access to different markets to generate a greater impact on the world.

💡 About the role

About the Role:

We are seeking a Senior Software Developer/Software Developer (dependent upon skills and experience) to join the Human Genetics Informatics (HGI) team at the Wellcome Sanger Institute for a permanent contract. We support, run, and provide efficient access to cutting-edge analysis methods to all the Human Genetics faculty groups at the Sanger Institute.

This is a great opportunity to work on a wide range of leading technologies in a world-class scientific institution. Our team works with High performance Compute on the Sanger farm (several thousand cores managed by LSF) and in both on-premise and public cloud environments (e.g. Openstack and Google Cloud Platform). We handle large data scales (up to tens of thousands of samples in varied informatics datasets). We routinely use tools such as Docker, Singularity, Github/Gitlab CI, Terraform/Ansible, Nextflow/Cromwell and web development frameworks.


You will be responsible for:

Our ability to run pipelines and deliver data is critically dependent on  

  • Accounting and managing the storage and compute usage for the department’s scientific projects, using reporting interfaces and active data management services.

Examples: https://github.com/wtsi-ssg/wrstat, https://github.com/wtsi-hgi/weaver, https://github.com/wtsi-hgi/ibackup

Deploying and managing resources in the cloud, including the Google Cloud platform and the OpenStack on-premise cloud. This includes

  • Provisioning and administering a GCP-based Trusted Research Environment on behalf of WSI and external collaborators.
  • Provisioning / troubleshooting Spark clusters and many other apps in OpenStack with an Infrastructure-as-code philosophy.

Examples: https://github.com/wtsi-hgi/cluster-launcher , https://github.com/wsi-hgi-tre

You will be initially focused on the first area, with the expectation that you will eventually get experience in all aspects of our work.

⭐️ About you

You will be expected to be able to work both independently and closely with colleagues to develop, and to be comfortable communicating directly with scientific researchers as needed. Recent graduates or current students in your final year are also encouraged to apply, although it is strongly desirable that you have substantial development experience outside of coursework (e.g. work experience, participation in open source projects or the pursuit of personal coding projects). Bioinformatic/biological knowledge is not essential for this role, but an interest in the science on campus and desire to learn bioinformatic concepts would be an advantage.

Essential Skills:

Experience in software development

Knowledge of core computer science concepts and practices

Capable of quickly learning and using the most suitable programming language for the job, including both interpreted and compiled languages

Experience with Git and GitHub

Knowledge of Linux based operating systems, libraries, and tools

Excellent communication and presentation skills, motivation and attention to detail

✅ What we offer

We are proud to deliver an awarding campus-wide employee wellbeing strategy and programme. The importance of good health and adopting a healthier lifestyle and the commitment to reduce work-related stress is strongly acknowledged and recognised at Sanger Institute.

Our flexible-hybrid working environment is designed to support a healthy work-life balance. This means you can work flexibly with a combination of working from home, and working from our Campus to allow you to focus on being productive and part of the team while enjoying the benefits of working flexibly.

We want our people to be whoever they want to be because we believe people who bring their best selves to work, do their best work. That’s why we’re committed to creating a truly inclusive culture at Sanger Institute. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.


❗️Please apply with your CV and a Cover letter outlining how you meet the criteria set out above. (for informal queries, please contact Vivek Iyer)
⏳ Closing Date: 21st February 2023

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