The development of software which can process and analyse data quickly and effectively is essential for the progression of bioinformatics. Genetic samples, for example, can be sequenced 10 to 15 different ways and all this information needs to be kept together and presented to researchers in a format that they can use. As a result, there is a huge demand for software developers in the sector.READ MORE
A software developer or software engineer job in biotechnology involves creating platforms and tools which allows researchers to access and analyse large amounts of biological data. If the platform is being used for analysis, data visualisation is very important so understanding how to make the back end of the programme work while creating a user friendly interface or dashboard is crucial. High demand skills in this area are for Java Script and D3.
If users are spread across a wide geographical area, the platform may need to be online, in which case a more specialist web developer is required.
Software engineering skills are highly valued in biotech and demand for commercial grade software is growing – as a result, candidates with the right skills will be considered, regardless of the industry they are currently working in. Candidates should have a degree or better in computer science, software engineering or other related subject, and a good understanding of Python which is fast becoming the most common language for platform development in the sector.