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Bioinformatics Engineer

London, England

Company Description

Genomics England successfully led the world-leading 100,000 Genomes Project, which compared and analysed individuals’ genetic codes to help diagnose, treat and prevent illness.

We're now accelerating our impact, working with the NHS to further develop and embed genomic healthcare and research in Britain. Our next chapter involves working with patients, doctors, scientists, government and industry to improve genomic testing, and help researchers access the health data and technology they need to make new medical discoveries and create more effective, targeted medicines for everybody.

Job Description

Bioinformatic Engineers are software engineers with extensive experience in bioinformatics. As such, they are responsible for developing and operating digital products aiming at solving a wide variety of bioinformatic needs and they solve these needs in genomic medicine by crafting production quality code.

As a Bioinformatics Engineer at Genomics England you will be involved in producing high quality code, nurturing agile practices and acting as an SME for Bioinformatics. You will be supporting the continuous improvement of our practices, collaborating and adhering to engineering standards.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Produce high-quality code for high throughput sequencing data analysis, genome analysis and interpretation.
  • Contribute to all testing and deployment stages up to the production environment
  • Contribute to discovery tasks during the initial phase of new developments and achieve understanding of early stage decisions to inform the final software design
  • Write documentation to achieve an exhaustive log of decisions, designs, tests, results, etc. that enable full traceability of processes.
  • Be a proactive member of a squad, adopting agile practices, offering subject matter expertise.
  • Ensure adherence to the various standards and accreditations required for both clinical laboratory practice and software delivery.

Skills and Experience for Success:

  • Excellent Python coding skillset. (Java desirable).
  • Solid skillset in Bioinformatics, understanding of the standards, data sources and tool chains used in NGS and clinical genomics.
  • Proficient in Linux, Git, Postgres (or similar RDBMs).
  • Solid expertise of developing production quality algorithms and software to analyze large data sets.
  • Excellent technical writing skills.
  • Experience working in agile environments and demonstrable effectiveness working in agile squads.
  • Experience in building code using CI/CD.


MSc or Higher in a Biomedical discipline (or equivalent experience) and MSc or higher in Computer Science/Software Engineering (or equivalent experience)

Additional Information

The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary and benefits package along with the opportunity of working and collaborating with some of the best researchers and bioinformaticians in the UK.


As part of our recruitment process, all successful candidates are subject to a Standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We therefore require applicants to disclose any previous offences at point of application, as some unspent convictions may mean we are unable to proceed with your application due to the nature of our work in healthcare.

Genomics England operate a blended working model, as we know our people appreciate the flexibility. We expect most people to come into the office 2 times each month as a minimum. However, this will vary according to role and will be agreed with your team leader. For some people this is 1 day a quarter, for others it is several days a week. There is no expectation that staff will return to the office full time unless they want to. The exception would be some of our roles that would require you to be on site full time e.g., lab teams, reception team.

Our teams and squads have, and will continue to, reflect on what works best for them to work together successfully and have the freedom to design working patterns to suit, beyond the minimum. Our office locations at the moment are Cambridge and Farringdon (London) and in Autumn 2022 we are relocating our London office location to Canary Wharf. We will also be expanding our regional offices.

Looking ahead to our move to Canary Wharf, we will be designing our new space with blended working in mind, and with the flexibility to adapt to changing work patterns. During the pandemic we will be following government advice on working from home guidance.


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