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Genomics England

Hybrid work from London:

  • 🇬🇧 United Kingdom

Back End Software Engineer (Python)

Company Description

Genomics England partners with the NHS to provide whole genome sequencing diagnostics. We also equip researchers to find the causes of disease and develop new treatments – with patients and participants at the heart of it all.

Our mission is to continue refining, scaling, and evolving our ability to enable others to deliver genomic healthcare and conduct genomic research.

We are accelerating our impact and working with patients, doctors, scientists, government and industry to improve genomic testing, and help researchers access the health data and technology they need to make new medical discoveries and create more effective, targeted medicines for everybody.

Job Description

We are currently looking for a Python Software Engineer to join our team at Genomics England. You will be responsible for coding, developing, debugging, and automating Python-based microservices hosted on AWS. Your role will involve collaborating with cross-functional teams to deliver on our mission to advance personalised genomic medicine.

Please note, this role is a 2 year Fixed Term Contract.


  • Write scalable Python code using best practices

  • Design and maintain microservices on AWS

  • Support testing and troubleshooting issues

  • Stay up-to-date with industry trends and adopt new technologies

  • Coordinate with front-end developers

  • Use collaborative development tools such as Github, Confluence, and Jira


  • Strong Python coding skills

  • Knowledge of scalable Python architecture

  • Experience with AWS and microservices

  • Familiarity with agile methodologies and test-driven development

  • Understanding of collaborative development tools


BSc in Computer Science or equivalent experience

Additional Information

Being an integral part of such a meaningful mission is extremely rewarding in itself, but in order to support our people, we’re continually improving our benefits package. We pride ourselves on investing in our people and supporting them to achieve their career goals, as well as offering a benefits package including: 

  • 30 days’ holiday (plus bank holidays), with additional days for long service awards

  • A generous pension scheme of up to 15% combined contribution

  • Life Assurance (3 x salary)

  • Individual learning budgets for every colleague, a Blinkist account and a wide variety of courses on our portal

  • A wide variety of wellness benefits including Gympass, a Headspace account, free weekly Yoga classes

  • Enhanced maternity & paternity benefits

  • Blended working arrangements

Talk to our Talent Team and find out how a career with Genomics England will benefit you.


As part of our recruitment process, all successful candidates are subject to a Standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.  We therefore require applicants to disclose any previous offences at point of application, as some unspent convictions may mean we are unable to proceed with your application due to the nature of our work in healthcare. 

Genomics England operates a blended working model as we know our people appreciate the flexibility. We expect most people to come into the office 2 times each month as a minimum. However, this will vary according to role and will be agreed with your team leader. For some people this is 1 day a quarter, for others it is several days a week. There is no expectation that staff will return to the office full time unless they want to. The exception would be some of our roles that would require you to be on site full time e.g., lab teams, reception team. 

Our teams and squads have, and will continue to, reflect on what works best for them to work together successfully and have the freedom to design working patterns to suit, beyond the minimum. Our office locations are Canary Wharf, Cambridge and Leeds.