Bioinformatics Software Developer (Genomics)

Saffron Walden
30 Nov 2017
08 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to make a difference? Illumina’s mission is to improve human health by unlocking the power of the genome. If that inspires you, let’s talk. We’ve built a culture fueled by innovation, collaboration and openness, and established ourselves as the global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies. Our people and our technology change lives by driving advancements in life sciences, oncology, reproductive health, agriculture and other emerging markets. Life at Illumina is about working with teammates who are deeply passionate about what we do, because we know that our work has the power to improve lives. We’re an established company with a track record of phenomenal growth. Just check out our investor events and presentations to learn about our financial accomplishments. Our growth isn’t just in financials, we’ve been busy hiring the best and the brightest. Perhaps that’s why MIT has ranked Illumina near the top of its World’s Smartest Companies each of the last three years. If you thrive in a brilliant, fast-paced, and mission-driven environment, Illumina is the place for you. Join the journey of a lifetime. Join Illumina.

Bioinformatics Software Developer

Full time / Permanent

Cambridge, UK

Fantastic remuneration package which would include company equity, private medical care, annual bonus scheme, membership to Illumina’s share purchase scheme and more

Illumina is the leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of life science tools and integrated systems for large-scale analysis of genetic variation, function and disease.

We currently have a fantastic opportunity for a bioinformatics software developer to join the team working on the 100,000 genome project. This ambitious project is the largest ever study of the underlying genetic causes of cancers and rare diseases and will characterise the genomes of NHS patients and their families to increase understanding of how these diseases occur (read this BBC news article on the 100,000 genome project for more information). Illumina is the company that has been chosen to sequence all of the samples collected and identify the differences in the patients’ genomes that could potentially be the source of their disease.

As a Bioinformatics Software Developer, you will be responsible for building software tools to facilitate the delivery of the genomes. This includes productivity tools to make the analysis and delivery of genomes more efficient; tools for tracking samples and reporting on their status and tools to identify and help resolve issues with individual samples. You will work in a team of software developers, testers and analysts who help gather and refine requirements, develop, test, deploy and maintain software that operates in an ISO accredited environment to deliver genomes that will be used to affect clinical outcomes.

Your responsibilities may include:

  • Developing software (Python, Angular.js, Go) to a high standard and conforming to a well-defined software development process
  • Documenting user needs, design inputs and software requirements in a formal requirements management system (Jama)
  • Work with test engineers to facilitate testing of your code
  • Work with analysts, bioinformaticians and lab users to gather and refine software requirements
  • Helping maintain and extend software developed by others
  • Understanding the environment and infrastructure of the tools, including the build, release and deployment process

Personal Attributes:

We seek demonstrated accomplishment in all of the following essential skills:

  • Confident in a Linux environment
  • Practical experience in at least one modern programming language such as Python, C#, Go
  • Experience both building and consuming REST/HTTP APIs
  • Ability to deliver within fixed deadlines
  • Modern deployment and DevOps practice, such as continuous integration, continuous deployment, containerisation (Docker), use of cloud computing (AWS)
  • Software engineering productivity tools like version control and issue tracking

Any experience in the following areas would be advantageous:

  • Relational databases and database API technologies such as ORM.
  • Working under a Quality Management System
  • Experience of web development technologies, such as Angular.js
  • Have an interest in understanding biology and disease


Ideally, you should have a university degree in a technical subject (Software Engineering, Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Mathematics, Engineering, Biological Sciences, etc.) but equivalent experience will also be considered.


You will be an excellent software developer with great communication skills and a desire to join a fast growing Cambridge scientific team. You will be as comfortable working collaboratively within a team as alone, and will always be looking to improve the quality of products.

Illumina believes that everyone has the ability to make an impact, and we are proud to be an equal opportunities employer committed to providing employment opportunity regardless of sex, race, creed, color, gender, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military or veteran status, citizenship status, and genetic information.
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