Lead Software Developer

Bioinformatics & Software · Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Department Bioinformatics & Software
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Our Company

CS Genetics is developing pathbreaking new technology for genomics, based on foundational scientific insights and sophisticated conceptual innovations in sequencing techniques. Our work will accelerate basic biologic research and enable lifesaving new clinical diagnostics. We have an extremely skilled team, a large global intellectual property estate, and amongst the most inventive, ambitious technology roadmaps in life science.

We are developing a radically-new, instrument-free platform for single-cell sequencing with disruptive throughput and experimental ease. We’re growing our Cambridge Bioinformatics and Software team to help launch a new era of cellular analysis for research and medicine.

Position Summary

We are building our Software team from scratch and are looking for an exceptional Lead Software Developer to build, lead and manage it. The Software team will be charged with developing and building a cutting-edge software suite (both standalone and web-based) to support and facilitate CS Genetics’ genomics-technology products, and to serve as high-powered internal infrastructure to advance our ongoing R&D activities. This is an exceptional opportunity to develop a suite of software tools that disrupts how genomic data is analyzed and presented to a diverse array of customers. CS Genetic’s technology changes the way in which scientists analyze and study cells at the single cell level. As the software team lead, you will be instrumental in defining our product development path and how we empower our customers to make the most of our cutting-edge products. 

The ideal candidate will be a rigorous, analytical and organized professional with significant experience in designing, developing, and maintaining production software. They will be familiar with modern web and Cloud technologies. They will also have experience managing development teams using Agile methodologies. Our Lead Software Developer will be routinely interacting with our genomics R&D team (including computational biologists and experimental scientists) to collect requirements and create state-of-the-art, user-friendly software tools. As CS Genetics’ product lines mature and evolve, candidates in this position will be exposed to a variety of new technologies and will be asked to develop new tools to support and accelerate our cutting-edge R&D efforts. This multifaceted role will report to our Director of Bioinformatics and Software.

Key Responsibilities

  • Help design, implement and maintain CS Genetics’ Cloud (AWS or GCP) infrastructure for internal bioinformatics pipelines
  • Help design, develop and maintain a cutting edge standalone and web-based software suite to facilitate the adoption and use of CS Genetics’ technology products
  • Manage a team of software developers and implement Agile and CI/CD principles for product development
  • Actively interact with CS Genetics’ R&D team, and external computational biologists and scientists to collect requirements
  • Communicate internally and with external partners via oral updates, written reports, and technical meetings

Required Skills and Background

  • Core computer science concepts and practices
  • Linux based operating systems, libraries, and tools
  • Experience in developing and maintaining software products
  • Very strong independent programming ability (preferably Python)
  • Systems design and architecture
  • JavaScript, frontend development and frameworks (e.g. Angular, Django, React)
  • Containerisation and cloud deployments (AWS, GCP)
  • Kubernetes and microservices architecture
  • Build and deployment tools and processes, testing, CI/CD
  • Version control tools
  • Developer management, Agile methodologies, code review
  • Enthusiasm for a demanding, fast-paced role in a small-startup environment

Desired Skills and Background

  • Web Services (REST)
  • MongoDB, ElasticSearch, Relational Databases
  • Bioinformatics workflow tools (e.g. Nextflow or Snakemake)
  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Experience in working with bioinformatics analysis tools
  • An interest in developing software for complex, conceptually-novel life science technologies

What We Offer

  • Exceptional team within a very fast-growing startup
  • Mission driven startup looking to change how genomic data is generated and analyzed
  • Opportunity to grow your skills and career quickly
  • As the lead, you get to build the team from scratch and with the format/team you want
  • Generous budget to grow your team and focus on speed/growth rather than budget/paperwork
  • Exceptional office/R&D workspace in central Cambridge – with regular free events, free food, company/community activities etc.
  • Next to Cambridge Station – excellent commute and great city center location
  • Highly competitive package and equity scheme
  • Flexible working hours; visa sponsorship available for exceptional candidates

CS Genetics is not working with recruiters for this role; interested applicants must apply directly to the company.


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  • Location
    Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
  • Department
    Bioinformatics & Software
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience