[BioC] Scientific Programmer: Next Gen Sequencing / AYB at European Bioinformatics Institute - Cambridge, UK

Wolfgang Huber whuber at embl.de
Mon Jul 20 16:21:22 CEST 2009

The Goldman group at the EBI are looking for an experienced scientific 
programmer to produce software implementing techniques, explored in an 
existing project, in a manner that is suitable for use within production 
environments. S/he will also provide initial support to users.

The scientific programmer will produce, test, document, maintain, 
distribute and support code implementing a new statistical method called 
"AYB" - (see http://www.ebi.ac.uk/goldman/AYB) which has been developed 
at the EBI. This method analyses data from high-throughput sequencing 
systems; specifically, the base-calling component of the Illumina GA 
pipeline. In addition, the post holder should combine these duties with 
research into further development of the AYB methodology. The scientific 
programmer will report to the AYB project leaders at the EBI and will 
collaborate with scientists at EBI and other research institutes. Some 
travel, including international, is expected in the user support role.

The successful candidate will have a first degree in a highly numerate 
subject such as maths, statistics, computer science or engineering and a 
relevant post-graduate qualification would be advantageous. S/he will 
have a minimum of 3 years experience of software engineering, including 
successful completion of multiple projects and have proven ability to 
implement complex numerical methods in robust, easy to use software 
suitable for non-experts. Experience of development of novel 
computationally-intensive data analysis methods would also be advantage 
as would experience of working in a research environment.

It is essential that the scientific programmer has experience of C/C++ 
programming and software engineering (build systems, version control, 
unit testing), on both Windows and Unix platforms and have informal 
experience with several distinct programming language families. Other 
languages would also prove highly beneficial.

The ideal candidate will have excellent communication both written and 
oral and interpersonal skills and have the ability to work within a 
small team, seeking advice from others when needed.Experience of 
providing user support (helpdesk/e-mail/in person) would be highly 

An initial contract of 2 years will be offered to the successful 
candidate. This can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time 
of review.

European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

SALARY & BENEFITS: Competitive.

For further information please visit 
http://www.ebi.ac.uk/goldman/jobs.html , http://www.embl.org/ and 
http://www.ebi.ac.uk/. To apply, please email a cover letter, CV (in 
English) and contact information of three professional references 
quoting ref. no. AC/09/058/EBI in the subject line, to: 
applications at ebi.ac.uk.

DEADLINE: July 26, 2009

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive 
conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research 
organisation. Please note that special visa requirements apply to 
persons from countries outside the EU coming to work at EMBL-EBI in the 
UK. This period of work will not count as qualifying time in the Highly 
Skilled Migrant Programme.

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