Bioinformatics Engineer - Laboratory Automation

Bioinformatics Engineer - Laboratory Automation

Job Title: Bioinformatics Engineer - Laboratory Automation
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: Up to £60,000 plus excellent benefits
Start Date: 2018-11-08
Reference: 16043 JH
Contact Name: James Hume
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Job Published: November 08, 2018 16:58

Job Description

James Hume is recruiting for a unique role that combines the expertise of a Bioinformatician with the ability to write code to develop the tools used in cutting edge automated laboratories.  The company are truly unique and at the forefront of the next industrial revolution.  Winning awards and commendations for their technology including being named as one of the world’s 30 technology pioneers by the World Economic Forum in recent years.  They have developed a revolutionary programming technology that enables scientists to achieve breakthrough sooner by giving scientists sophisticated and integrated control over hardware by harnessing the power of the digital world.

Job Summary:
The role of Bioinformatics Engineer is highly collaborative working with software engineers and biologists with the core function will be the application of bioinformatics and platform development.  You will be designing new bioinformatic tools in their proprietary language working on internal and external projects.

In addition to the core duties you will also developing bespoke informatics workflows on a bespoke basis for clients.  As part of the collaborative nature of this role you will advise in projects on areas such as experimental design and analysis.  Plus, developing device models and exploring new capabilities of their language to further advance their research.

This role is at a senior level within the company because of the influence it will have across all departments but also giving you the autonomy to fulfill the responsibilities as you see fit, as well as bring your own ideas to fruition as part of their continued research.

Desired Skills and Experience:
You will need to be educated to ideally MSc / Mres level with experience of working a s Bioinformatician in a commercial environment.  With the ability to write code in a compiling language such as Java, C or C++ or Go (Golang).  You will need to have a good knowledge of software development tools and methods e.g. version control, test driven development, CI pipelines etc.  From your experience of bioinformatics, you will need to have related software such as BLAST, sequence databases, sequencing technologies, and analysis methods.  Due to the collaborative nature of this role you will need to be able to work in a highly collaborative environment. 

The Company
The company was founded in 2011 by some of the leading minds in their field, and they have created a platform technology for the engineering of complex biological processes for use across multiple industrial sectors.  This revolutionary technology provides the solution to the challenges faced when engineering biology to produce life changing medicines and technologies which often takes too long, costs too much and fails too often.  They are at the cutting edge of research into Biological problems providing solutions to these by using their unique approach combining theory, computation, automation and experimentation.  They have recently been named as one of 30 Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum and are pioneers in the use of digital technology to achieve scientific breakthroughs at a faster rate.

The company prides themselves on their innovative approach using the knowledge of their employees to create new and innovative methods driving forward their research.  They believe the field of Synthetic Biology offers massive potential with the potential to benefit the world improving human health delivering cleaner sources of chemicals and fuels.


In addition to a competitive salary, the company offers an excellent benefits package including: 

  • 25 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays
  • 10% of Salary Pension Contribution
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Income Protection
  • Share Options
  • Choice of PC or Mac