Based at Alderley Park, Medicines Discovery Catapult is a national facility?connecting the UK community to accelerate innovative drug discovery.? We provide unique scientific capabilities and act as a gateway to UK resources and expertise, supporting UK SMEs to drive the development and?industrialisation?of new approaches for the discovery of new medicines. By validating new ways of discovering medicines and driving key talent and expertise across the sector, we?will?support the UK life sciences industry, SMEs and innovators to deliver growth for the UK economy and maintain the UK’s heritage position as a global leader?in medicines R&D. Ultimately, new industrialised technologies are vital for delivering new medicines to patients, faster. We are looking for the very best people to join the Medicines Discovery Catapult team in driving the UK to the forefront of commercial success for medicines discovery, committing to place the patient at the beginning of discovery and helping the sector move faster to the patient. The values of the Catapult are:Empowering people to be creative Providing permission to fail if people are doing the right thing Trusting, respecting and helping one another to do the right thingOpen and Honest Communication Dedication to quality and our mission? Making the Catapult an enjoyable place to work

Medicines Discovery Catapult

Alderley Edge, GB

Scala/Go/Python Software Engineer - DevOps, MicroServices and Drug Discovery

Based at Alderley Park, Medicines Discovery Catapult is a national facility connecting the UK community to accelerate innovative drug discovery.

We provide unique scientific capabilities and act as a gateway to UK resources and expertise, supporting UK SMEs to drive the development and industrialisation of new approaches for the discovery of new medicines.

By validating new ways of discovering medicines and driving key talent and expertise across the sector, we will support the UK life sciences industry, SMEs and innovators to deliver growth for the UK economy and maintain the UK’s heritage position as a global leader in medicines R&D.

Ultimately, new industrialised technologies are vital for delivering new medicines to patients, faster.

In March 2020 Medicines Discovery Catapult was tasked with the challenge of co-ordinating the creation of the UK’s Lighthouse Labs network and delivery of one of those labs, based at Alderley Park.?The Lighthouse Labs are the biggest diagnostic lab project ever established in British history.

Purpose of role: 

Our Software Engineers are innovative and creative with a diverse knowledge about designing and creating tools and applications. They are passionate about delivering fantastic results and willing to go the extra mile to build the perfect solution using the right tools!

As part of the Software Engineering team you will be working closely with our Informaticians and Data Scientists. You will be helping to leverage the tools and techniques they design into products that can be, initially, used within the company, then extended to our partners and ultimately as commercial products. You will be helping the team solve problems around data management and processing, along with working to productise the team's efforts.

All our Engineers are unique and bring not only enthusiasm but also a vast range of experience and knowledge. A new member to the team will be accomplished in building a diverse range of software and tools, from hardcore data crunching engines to frontend web interfaces and should be able to demonstrate this through a portfolio of work. They should also be able to discuss and show knowledge of different design patterns as well as the coding paradigms of procedural, object oriented and functional programming.

Our infrastructure is just as important as our code and we leverage this to get the most we can out of our products. This includes designing for resiliency, redundancy and scalability, a new engineer should be willing to jump right into the discussions and throw their opinion into the mix as well. Providing insight into new tools and techniques as well as being able to provide cogent arguments as to why a tried and tested solution may be better.

Our codebase is diverse, with a focus on selecting the right tool for the job. We are not afraid to refactor and adapt to meet our goals. We fail fast and iterate our way to success! Picking the right languages, tools & infrastructure is equally as important as software engineering know how. All our engineers are expected to cross train in all the languages & tools we work with.

Our current technology stack includes, but not limited to:

  • Scala, Go, Python, JavaScript, NodeJS, Java
  • Bash, HTML, CSS
  • MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Redis, Neo4J
  • RabbitMQ
  • Docker & Kubernetes

Main duties and responsibilities:?? 

  • Design & build scalable software from both inception and existing POC solutions
  • Maintain existing solutions
  • Provide support to the Informaticians and Data Scientists with their own development
  • Work with the team to successfully deploy solutions
  • Write and document clean, maintainable source code

Essential Qualifications and Experience :

  • Demonstrable experience in at least one of: Go, Scala, Java, Python
  • Commercial software development experience or equivalent Computer Science/Software Engineering/Science related degree
  • An understanding of good software design principles and agile practices
  • A good understandingof relational databases (eg MySQL/Postgres)
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational techniques, including the ability to handle a variety of tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Existing right to work in the UK

Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

  • Good knowledge of NodeJs
  • Experience of graph databases (eg Neo)
  • Experience of document/object databases (eg MongoDB)
  • Experience of messaging systems (eg RabbitMQ/Kafka)
  • Understanding of docker and kubernetes
  • UExperience in building web interfaces using any of : Angular, Polymer or React. Other JS Frameworks are acceptable.