Wellcome Sanger Institute

🟦 Solution Developer

Job description

Are you a recent graduate looking for your first challenge out of university, or are you more experienced and looking for your first software development role in a solutions environment?

🧫 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

You will work as part of a team providing solutions for our specialist genomics scientists. You will be contributing to delivery of Pipeline Solutions products by integrating 3rd party and in-house applications to track experiments and perform analyses. We will help you develop skills in:

  • collaboration: with other members of the Cellular Informatics, Pipeline Solutions, and IDS teams, and research teams across campus
  • communication: gathering requirements from experimental laboratory science teams
  • understanding: build a deep understanding of Python and JavaScript, and develop upon existing applications
  • testing: employ testing best practices in all areas of your code
  • learning: ITIL framework to co-create value in solutions for our customers

Your role involves gathering requirements directly from the laboratory groups. You will be assisted in developing an understanding of the biology involved.  Analysing the data provided and collaboratively developing a solution will be a crucial part of the job. The solution developer role will provide the scope for you to develop your requirements gathering skills.

Our systems are developed upon an internal cloud solution - Openstack. You will learn how to manage the virtual machines, web servers and other tools necessary to host an application on the cloud. We work with a maturing CI/CD process powered by our internal GitLab system and Docker images.

You will be working on a substantial project that involves storage, tracking and analysis of large data sets. This project acts as a cluster of microservices, integrating with a commercial electronic laboratory notebook and various systems across the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

⭐️ About you

You will work as part of the Cellular Informatics team which is part of a broader Pipeline Solutions unit, which includes system designers and developers, data scientists, and service management specialists, in a DevSecOps / Agile delivery environment.

As a group of solution developers, we work in a team-oriented manner taking the best from current computing practices. By deploying our skills in software development and integrating existing solutions, we co-create value with our stakeholders. We maintain frequent conversations with users, building relationships and confidence. We aren’t afraid of rapid change in our tools to keep up with the evolution of the research that drives the development of our solutions.

✅ 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.

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