About Achilles Therapeutics:
Achilles is a biopharmaceutical company, focused on the development of next generation patient specific therapies that harness the immune system to destroy cancer cells. Achilles has strong financial backing with the ambition to become a leader in immunology therapies for the treatment of cancer patients.
Achilles Therapeutics brings together four scientific Founders with world leading expertise in the understanding of cancer evolution, bioinformatics and the development of immunotherapies. We are currently scaling up our in-house capabilities in bioinformatics, development, manufacturing and clinical development.
We are building a leading biotechnology company with the ambition to be a leader of a revolution in medicine in which life-threatening diseases are treated by a patient’s own cells. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a fast-moving, innovative company that’s going places, and to make a real impact from early on.
Achilles was founded in May 2016 by Syncona Limited with the Cancer Research Technology Pioneer Fund and the UCL Technology Fund Established in 2012. Syncona was originally founded by the Wellcome Trust, which remains a significant shareholder in the business.
We are seeking a talented and enthusiastic Software Engineer to support the robust implementation of features in our bioinformatics software pipeline arising from research findings. This software is a highly specialised pipeline focused on the identification of neo-antigens from high-throughput DNA sequencing data to direct the development of targeted immunotherapies in cancer.
The successful applicant will be expected to have had experience developing a software product written in a scripting language and know the best practices for doing so. You will know how to structure code to ensure that it is accurate, robust and efficient. Your responsibilities will include implementing new pipeline modules, optimising compute resources and working closely with the bioinformatics research team.
- MSc qualification in Computer Science, or a related technical field or equivalent practical experience
- Expertise with R, Python or Perl and interest and ability to learn other coding languages as needed
- Professional experience working in a software development team, writing code to a strict standard
- Experience working within a Linux command-line environment
- Demonstrative experience of adapting to changing requirements and ability to identify and implement creative solutions to complex questions
- Ability to communicate to a technical and non-technical audience
- Experience with Git, source code management (e.g. Bitbucket), issue tracking (e.g. Jira) and continuous integration (e.g. Travis CI).
- Groovy (or Java) experience
- Strong knowledge of Bash
- High performance computing and AWS EC2 experience
- Docker experience
- Experience with bioinformatics pipeline development
- Experience working in an Agile environment
Successful candidates will also possess the ability to take initiative, a desire to work in a dynamic fast paced team environment and an ability to manage multiple, concurrent projects. Prior bioinformatics experience is not required, but a willingness to learn is essential.
This is a unique opportunity to work with a leading team of scientists with an international reputation for excellence in immuno-oncology research and to become a key contributor to an exciting project destined to change the course of cancer patient management in the clinic.
This is a permanent position, based in Stevenage, with a competitive salary and benefits package to match experience.
Please send your CV with a covering letter to: