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Computer Officer - Bioinformatics software/web-application developer


We are seeking a creative developer interested in applying their skills to support research in human health and disease. You will be involved in a research project that is aiming to improve understanding of oesophageal cancer in order to better support patients. The successful candidate will directly assist researchers in accessing and integrating clinical and genomic data and oversee the data management of the project.

Primary responsibilities will include:

-Maintaining and developing software for the management of experimental data and analysis pipelines in conjunction with scientists and bioinformaticians.

-The design and development of an intuitive, integrated presentation of clinical, laboratory, and genomic data, on a secure, web-based platform.

Ideal candidates will have a broad interest in computing technologies and software development, especially management and validation of scientific data and front-end development using web frameworks. Experience with the Java programming language is required.

Required skills and experience:

-A good undergraduate degree, or equivalent experience, in a numerate discipline.

-Working knowledge of Java, and scripting languages (Python/bash etc).

-Experience of programming, data modeling, and data management.

-Ability to plan and work independently to meet project deadlines.

-Ability to collaborate and work effectively as part of a team.

Desirable skills and experience:

-Direct experience working with scientific data, within a scientific research environment.

-Proficiency in web-based front-end development and tools (e.g. JQuery, AJAX).

The project is funded by CRUK as part of the International Cancer Genome Consortium study led by Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald and Professor Simon Tavaré from the MRC Cancer Cell Unit and Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. Funding for the role is for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for applications is 2nd July 2017. The interview date is TBC.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference SW12381 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Further information

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