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    Opportunity: Senior Software Developer MalariaGEN (#81127) @ Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute--Hinxton/Cambridge, UK
    Submitted by Sam Bowker; posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012


    The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, is one of the world's leading genomic research centres. Our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of the biology of humans and pathogens in order to improve human health.

    MalariaGEN is a data-sharing community working to develop new tools to control malaria by integrating epidemiology with genome science. We aim to produce global data on natural genetic variation in parasite, mosquito and human populations, and to deliver these data via the website, alongside web tools which add value by enabling people to explore, understand and analyse the data. Some of these web and data products are intended for unrestricted use by the malaria research and public health community, to inform future research directions and malaria control policy.

    Other web and data products are being developed for private use by researchers contributing to MalariaGEN community projects, and provide a key incentive to participation in MalariaGEN, e.g. secure web tools providing access to fine-grained genetic data on individual samples.


    We have a unique opportunity for a Scientific Software Engineer to take a key role in the development and implementation of software projects relating to MalariaGEN web and data products.

    The post-holder will work closely with other informatics and analysis specialists in our team and with partners within and beyond the Institute.


    • An undergraduate degree in a computing, scientific or other numerate discipline.
    • Highly competent in Java, JavaScript, Perl, Python, C++ or R.
    • Experience programming with relational databases, competent with SQL.
    • Experience of requirements gathering; flexible and creative approach to requirements elicitation.
    • Ability to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.
    • Excellent team-working skills; experience of working in teams on complex problems.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrable ability to write clear and concise documentation and specifications.


    • An interest in the life sciences and/or public health.
    • Experience developing data analysis pipelines which are computationally intensive and/or handle high volumes of data.
    • Experience of programming substantial web applications, highly competent with both client-side and server-side technologies.
    • Previous work in a scientific environment, as a scientist or a software engineer developing scientific software applications.
    • Experience with the management and integration of highly heterogeneous data.
    • Experience of developing software collaboratively; experience applying agile methodologies.
    • Experience with developing and deploying applications on Linux operating systems.
    • Previous involvement in Open Source software projects.


    Due to the highly collaborative nature of the role the position can be based at the Sanger Institute or at the University of Oxford


    This position is offered for a fixed term of 3 years. For more information about the role please contact Dominic Kwiatkowski; Senior Group Leader - Dominic[at]


    Salary range for this position is GBP 27589 to GBP 38067pa dependent on experience

    The Institute has excellent purpose built facilities on the Genome Campus, Hinxton on the outskirts of Cambridge. We offer a comprehensive range of benefits including a final salary pension scheme and excellent on-site facilities. Further details can be found on our website,


    To submit your CV and apply for this job please go to to register and apply on line.


    Closing Date: 13th April 2012

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