Junior Software Developer (COPO)

Salary range:

£25,568 - £27,815

Post No.


Contract length:

12 months


Digital Biology

Opening date:

22 November 2021

Closing date:

12 December 2021

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Junior Software Developer (COPO)

Applications are invited for a Junior Software Developer (COPO) to join the e-Infrastructure department within the Digital Biology Programme at the Earlham Institute, based in Norwich, UK.


Collaborative OPen Omics (COPO) serves as a data and metadata brokering service for national and international communities such as Darwin Tree of Life and the European Reference Genome Atlas, projects that are aiming to sequence all eukaryotic life on Earth. COPO helps life science researchers to implement good data and metadata management practices to submit research outputs to public repositories

The role:

Working in a professional team of Research Software Engineers, this position will support the development and testing of the COPO project.

The role will develop unit tests, improvements to the project frontend website, assist with support and maintenance of the platform, and interact with an exciting community of biodiversity researchers.

The successful candidate in this new role will work with the existing COPO Research Software Engineers supporting the existing service while developing programming skills and gaining experience in working in a research environment.

There will be many learning opportunities for the candidate who wants to approach and progress in the field of software development.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will have 2 x A Levels in relevant subjects (or equivalent experience), familiarity with Python or other similar programming language and some previous experience in coding.

Previous work experience in computer science/software engineering is not necessary, but a keen interest in code development and testing is essential.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £25,568 to £27,815 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post for a contract of 12 months.

This role does not meet the full salary requirements set by UKVI to allow for visa sponsorship. However, some individuals may still be eligible for visa sponsorship depending on their personal circumstances. If you require visa sponsorship, please click here to find out if you qualify before applying. Please note, the occupation code for this role is 2136, which is on the shortage occupation list.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our website http://jobs.earlham.ac.uk/ or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk quoting reference 1004146

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

The closing date for applications will be 12th December 2021

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