DNA and Perl Dancer Down Under – mid-level developer required for a bioinformatics company in Canberra

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 Ref: OSC243
 Canberra, Australia (see more)
 Depending on experience

Back in 1953 when Watson and Crick first discovered DNA, they burst into the pub near their laboratory boasting that they had ‘discovered the secret of life’. More than half a century later, scientists are still unravelling the many mysteries encoded within the DNA of organisms, and our client is working at the cutting edge in this field. Their software provides genotyping information about crops and can assist in the development of new species.

Sitting right at the junction of technology and life sciences, this is a unique role. The company’s priority is to hire a candidate with excellent modern Perl skills, so they are happy to consider strong developers coming from other industries who show a genuine interest in moving into the bioinformatics field. Perhaps you studied genetics or have worked in scientific analysis before, but then your career took another direction for a few years? Or perhaps you have a strong personal interest in the field and reading up about the latest genome technology breakthroughs in Nature magazine forms part of your weekend routine? If so, the company are keen to speak to you, and a comprehensive in-house induction programme will help get you up to speed with the latest bioinformatics developments.

Their technological environment consists of some legacy code, which is now being modernised, and some newer code based on the Dancer framework. The right candidate will be familiar with modern tooling and might have some exposure to Ansible and AWS and Linux containers. Familiarity with MySQL and Postgres as well as Solr would all be advantages. As a small team they promote the autonomy of developers.

Perks include a generous annual bonus, flexible working hours, and the opportunity to work from home for a significant proportion of time after the initial 6 months onsite in Canberra to get you up to speed. Candidates must have an existing right to work in Australia, as the company cannot provide visa sponsorship.

Skills and Experience


  • Excellent Modern Perl skills, ideally with Dancer
  • At least some familiarity with JavaScript on the front-end
  • An openness to learning new things – there’s a learning curve regarding the domain knowledge, but they’ll be happy to teach you

**Nice to have:


  • MariaDB and Postgres
  • Exposure to biological and/or GIS data analysis
  • Ansible / AWS / Linux containers

About the Client

Cutting-edge bioinformatics company


  • International and multilingual workplace alongside people with interesting and diverse backgrounds
  • Gain experience in bioinformatics, plant genetics and breeding
  • Exposure to new approaches in data analysis
  • Generous annual bonus
  • Flexible working hours, withthe opportunity to work from home for a significant proportion of the week

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