Research Software Engineer (Web Development)

Job summary

We are seeking a full-stack developer to work on several high-impact projects within the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London.  These projects will help translate cutting-edge genomics research into accessible web applications that can be used by public health institutions, global health researchers and hospitals for the surveillance and control of streptococcal pathogens. Two projects directly...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02836
  • Date posted 15 November 2021
  • Closing date 14 December 2021

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking a full-stack developer to work on several high-impact projects within the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London.  These projects will help translate cutting-edge genomics research into accessible web applications that can be used by public health institutions, global health researchers and hospitals for the surveillance and control of streptococcal pathogens.

Two projects directly supported by this post will involve working with the Global Pneumococcal Sequencing Project (https://www.pneumogen.net/) and the Juno project (https://www.gbsgen.net/) on development and deployment of web-based software tools for analysis of genomic data from two important bacterial pathogens. A primary aim of the position will be to design tools and visualisations to present the results of bioinformatics software developed within the department, which can analyse large datasets of bacterial genomes in real-time. Some parts of the code-base will be compiled into WebAssembly and run client-side. An early prototype of one such tool can be found at https://web.poppunk.net.

Duties and responsibilities

You will:

  • Develop open-source software in a variety of languages to support the work of infectious disease researchers
  • Be involved in all steps of development from capturing user requirements, to user interface design, to crafting full technical solutions.
  • With the rest of the team, select the best tools for the job and provide technical leadership for the department
  • Help us to improve our existing continuous integration and test-driven development practices

We are:

  • A small collaborative team of research software engineers
  • Seven software generalists with diverse specialisms
  • Part of a world top ten university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research

Essential requirements

MSc in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, and/or equivalent experience in related quantitative discipline (several years working as a software engineer in industry is sufficient). Full-stack web development is essential, as is R or python programming experience, particularly linking R/python to JavaScript via frameworks such as shiny.

Further information

This role is offered on a full time, fixed term basis until 30 November 2023

Should you have any queries please contact: Rich Fitzjohn ( r.fitzjohn@imperial.ac.uk) or Nick Croucher (n.croucher@imperial.ac.uk)

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

  • Respect              
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence          
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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