(bio-)informatician back-end engineers at the Life Sciences Department

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Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS)

About BSC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, and is a hosting member of the PRACE European distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 500 staff from 44 countries.


Context And Mission

The Spanish National Institute of Bioinformatics (INB) is the major bioinformatics platform in Spain, and the Spanish representative in the European bioinformatics infrastructure ELIXIR. INB is fully oriented to complete a solid integration with International Bioinformatics infrastructures including specifically the ELIXIR consortium.


Key Duties

  • Design, implement and document communication channels for data sharing honoring data ownership, and security
  • Contribute to the development of a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) for various research projects at the Life Sciences Department
  • Manage and support users of the INB computational resources, including computational equipment, databases, and software infrastructure
  • Develop, document and maintain software for the integration and biological data, following the guidelines of ELIXIR
  • Contribute to the management of data within the current projects
  • Maintain communication with ELIXIR platforms, communities, and management, participate in their regular meetings and discussions
  • Contribute to supervise junior members at the INB/ELIXIR-ES units



  • Education
    • BSc or MSc. in bioinformatics, computational biology or computer sciences with significant bioinformatics experience
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • At least 2 years of professional experience with a similar role
    • Experience in cloud computing
    • Experience in data management APIs and most common bioinformatic data sources and formats
    • Experience in database design and management (SQL and noSQL): MySQL/MariaDB, PostgreSQL, SQLite or similar; MongoDB, Elasticsearch, Cassandra or similar
    • Experience with advanced software packaging procedures
    • At least 2.5 years of professional experience on programming languages ecosystems such as C++, Perl, Python, PHP and/or Java
    • Vast experience working with Unix/Linux systems
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Experience in modern authentication/authorization protocols
    • Experience on the development, generation and use of software containers e.g. Docker, Singularity and/or rkt, as well as their orchestration using docker compose, kubernetes, ansible and/or similar technologies
    • Experience on workflow managers such as Galaxy, Nextflow or similar
    • Experience on developing project technical specifications
  • Competences
    • Ability of understand scientific literature, and software documentation
    • Ability to communicate scientific results
    • Ability to work independently
    • Ability to represent the team in international project meetings
    • Used to work under pressure under strict deadlines



  • The position will be located at BSC within the Life Sciences Department
  • We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - 1 year renewable
  • Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • Starting date: asap


Applications Procedure

All applications must include:

  • A motivation letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered
  • A full CV including contact details in English
  • Application form: https://www.bsc.es/join-us/job-opportunities/97lsinbre12



The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.


Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment

BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.


Original source: https://www.bsc.es/join-us/job-opportunities/97lsinbre12