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Application Developer - IT & Scientific Computing

In 2013, Europe's top cancer charity, Cancer Research UK, combined with the University of Cambridge to fund the world class Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, situated on the Addenbrooke's Biomedical Campus in Cambridge.

As part of the University Of Cambridge's School Of Clinical Medicine, the Institute's research ranges from basic cancer biology through translational cancer research to clinical application. The Institute currently houses over 400 researchers and support staff with 22 research groups. It provides a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment in cancer research, with state of the art facilities and core scientific resources, and good links with the scientific community of Cambridge.

The IT & Scientific Computing team aims to provide world-class scientific computing facilities to the Institute's researchers. This includes personal computing equipment, communication devices, high performance networking, database and information systems, high performance computing and high volume data storage systems in a controlled operational environment.

We are now looking for an Application Developer to join the team, ideally with experience of developing software and databases to support scientific research.

As an Application Developer, you will work on systems for our Core Facilities, Research Groups and Operations departments. These will include laboratory information management systems, administrative and accounting systems associated with equipment and materials usage, web delivered information systems and specialist scientific applications to support specific research questions.

You will help select technology and contribute to the technical architecture, taking into account issues such as cost of development, maintenance and lifecycle, and security. Working under the oversight of the Senior Application Developer you will provide detailed designs and specifications, implement systems, and oversee the work of external consultants as appropriate.

You will be conscientious, highly organised and have a flexible and cooperative approach.

Technologies in use at the Institute include Java, Python, Perl, HTML5, Drupal, PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, Microsoft Access and SQL Server. Parallel programming for scientific applications, including shell scripts, C/C++ and R, may also be required.

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.

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.

The closing date for applications is 25 June 2017.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact

Please quote reference SW12426 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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