Bioinformatics Cloud Architect

We are seeking an enthusiastic Cloud Architect to join the Proteomics Team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). The team is responsible of the maintenance and further development of the PRIDE (PRoteomics IDEntifications) database and related tools and resources. PRIDE is a world-leading international proteomics database, a founding member of the ProteomeXchange (PX) Consortium that is capturing large-scale mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics data from the scientific community and currently managing hundreds of TBs of data.

Your role
The post holder will be responsible of the maintenance and further development of the cloud infrastructure used to deploy the bioinformatics open data analysis pipelines developed by the team (using various tools and frameworks, e.g. Galaxy, OpenMS, etc), within the EMBL-EBI “Embassy Cloud”. These activities are part of running BBSRC and Wellcome Trust grants. In addition, the post holder could also contribute to other tasks related to the maintenance and development of the services and tools offered by the team.


Maintenance and further development of open data analysis pipelines in the cloud, deployed within the EMBL-EBI “Embassy Cloud”.
Collaborate with the EMBL-EBI Software Development and Operations team, in making the pipelines available to external researchers.
Contribute to reports and participation in meetings with external collaborators.

You have
You must be able to demonstrate at least 3 years’ working experience in a suitable programming language such as Java, C++ or Python. In addition, you should ideally have experience with cloud technologies, such as OpenStack, Docker, and Kubernetes.

You will work in a highly international, team-oriented environment and collaborate closely with external partners. Excellent communication skills are essential. The ability to work independently, under time pressure, and the dedication to communicate openly are necessary skills.

You must be able to demonstrate at least 3 years’ working experience in a suitable programming language such as Java, C++ or Python. In addition:

Good understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git.
Knowledge of cloud technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes, and rkt.
Knowledge of cloud technologies such as Terraform, and OpenStack.
Knowledge of service architecture, object store and REST use, and JavaScript.
Good understanding of technologies such as JSON, XML, NoSQL and relational databases.

You might also have
Experience in software development in bioinformatics and more concretely in computational proteomics would be highly advantageous.

Why join us
At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 22 member states and two associate member states. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation.

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library. For more information about pay and benefits click here

Application Instructions: 

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system at

Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. For more information please see our website. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

This position is limited to the project duration specified.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.

Application Closing Date: 
15 January