Senior Scientific Manager (Software)

Salary range £45,556 to £55,123 per annum plus benefits 

We are recruiting for a development manager to lead an established team delivering software to support the cellular and genomics operational facilities at the Sanger Institute in Cambridge.

About you

You will be experienced with Agile development methods that foster a servant leadership culture. We typically use Scrum with certified Scrum Masters and Product Owners yet remain open and curious to evaluating other approaches that manage the uncertainty in delivering software.

You will be experienced modelling complex domains. You will be working closely with the development team, scientists in operations and senior partners to identify and design features that add new value to organisation. We typically use combinations of UML, user stories, mock-ups, informal whiteboarding and occasionally prototyping to build a shared understanding of what is required.

You will have a passion for process improvement. You will have experience participating in retrospectives, be comfortable using games beyond starfish to identify areas for improvement and celebrate great team working. You may have some experience with system thinking tools to engage with more complex situations.

You have a worldview of investing in the capability of the team through formal study, tactical project tasks and pairing to build team capacity. We guide and sponsor our developers though Open University degrees, MOOCS and on-site lectures to support their professional development.

You will have a technical background in software development. You will have experience with XP practices and familiarity with the tools and technologies a development team use to maintain the quality of a product over years of production use and change. You will be confident gaining practical knowledge in new technologies and what opportunities this could bring to the team.

You will have experience in mentoring or managing small-(2-3) to medium-(4-6) sized development teams. You should have demonstrable success in being part of a team that has learnt from failure and triumph. You may be an experienced manager or a senior developer wanting to step into management


We use JavaScript, Ruby, Python and Java with their associated web frameworks to build distributed concurrent systems, persisting data in relational & noSQL databases. Today these are MySQL, postgresql and Mongodb.

We favour RESTful web services and Message bus services to integrate our software. Software can be monoliths or microservices. We are increasing using private cloud technologies to deploy test and production systems to the Ubuntu O/S. Today RabbitMQ, Packer, Ansible, Terraform and Openstack support this strategy.

 What we can offer you

  • Delivering opensource software to support science at scale at one of the world’s leading cellular & genomics institutes. Be part of some of the amazing advancements in science. You can find more on Git Hub ( and the Sanger web site ( )
  • The autonomy to choose and refine the process you use to deliver software in collaboration with the team and the customer. Success will influence the technical strategy of the organisation.
  • Face to face discussion and timely feedback with the domain experts, our scientists to regularly deliver software that improves our operational process.
  • Access to our mentoring and coaching network to support your personal growth.
  • A ringfenced training budget to invest in yourself and your team for training and conferences.
  • An academic culture that is embracing commercial opportunities, informal dress code and excellent benefits package outlined below.

Other information

We will consider full time and part time (minimum of 30 hours per week) applications equally. 

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre and committed to training the next generation of genome scientists. Focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease and a world leader in the genomic revolution, our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of human and pathogen biology in order to improve human health. We aim to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens. Our science is large-scale and organised into Programmes, led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science, and supported by our Scientific Operations teams responsible for all data production pipelines at the Institute.

Our Campus: Set over 125 acres, the stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to pursue some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Our BenefitsOur employees have access to a comprehensive range of benefits and facilities including:

  • Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Private Health Insurance
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing by one day a year to a maximum of 30
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, a childcare voucher scheme and Campus Nursery
  • Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Campus Gym, tennis courts, cricket pitch and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
  • Active Campus Sports and Social Club
  • Free Campus Bus Service

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We will consider all applicants without discrimination on grounds of disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. We are open to a range of UK-based flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

Application Closing Date: 
27 November