Scientific Data Software Engineer

  • EMBL
  • United Kingdom
  • Sep 15, 2021
Technology Full Time - Fixed Term

Job Description:

An exciting opportunity has been created for a talented scientific software engineer to work on the development of the ChEBI database (, which contains detailed information on small molecule compounds in biology. ChEBI is a very widely used resource, with a growing user base numbered in the hundreds of thousands and with millions of accesses every year. In addition, ChEBI provides molecular data to many of the key global biological databases upon which researchers in the biosciences are increasingly reliant. We recently received funding from the BBSRC to rewrite and improve the software and data infrastructure of ChEBI so that it can continue to fulfil this critical role in the future. This "new ChEBI" will be developed using modern software technologies, making it easier to support, and will be more flexible, efficient and sustainable. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to work on a significant and widely-used software resource.

The successful candidate will be based in the Chemical Biology Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and will closely with other members of the team, together with other groups at EMBL-EBI and collaborators as required. S/he will be responsible for the implementation of a new database schema and its data import and integration pipelines, a new searching infrastructure, a facility to enable users to submit new entries in bulk and visualisation of the ChEBI ontology which is a unique feature of the database. In addition to having relevant software engineering and programming skills you will need to have excellent attention to detail, good communication skills and be able to interact not only with other software engineers but also with ChEBI’s many users. 

Your role will include the following:

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At EMBL-EBI you can apply your talent and passion to accelerate science and tackle some of humankind's greatest challenges. EMBL-EBI, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, is a worldwide leader in the storage, analysis and dissemination of large biological datasets. We provide the global research community with access to publicly available databases and tools which are crucial for the advancement of healthcare, food security, and biodiversity. Join a culture of innovation
We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, alongside other prominent research and biotech organisations, and surrounded by beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. This is a highly collaborative and inclusive community where our employees enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. We are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their professional potential.  Enjoy lots of benefits: For more details please see our employee benefits page.