LIPID Metabolites And Pathways Strategy (LIPID MAPS) is a resource and database created in 2003 to identify and quantitate all of the major - and many minor - lipids in mammalian cells using a systems biology approach, as well as advance the field of lipidomics. This resource, which serves over 77K users/yr acts as a global portal for nomenclature, databases, tools, protocols, standards, tutorials, meetings, publications and other resources for the international lipid research community ("Lipidomics GateWay", http://www.lipidmaps.org).

A new 5-year grant from the Wellcome Trust has been awarded to maintain and further develop the Lipidomics Gateway and to migrate this resource to the UK over the next year in a joint project between Cardiff University, Babraham Institute and University of California San Diego.

In the UK, two new posts will be based at Cardiff University (a programmer and 50% business development manager) and a third (a programmer) at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge. All three will form part of a multi-site team including colleagues in the USA. Remote working would be considered for the programmer posts although on-site working is preferable.

Role 1: Business Development Manager, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Grade 7:

This is a part time post (50%). The successful applicant will manage the business development of the LIPID MAPS website and associated software. He/she will inform, steer and influence strategic development of the project. They will undertake senior administrative roles supporting general management, organising external and internal meetings, user and industrial engagement and consultation. This is also a customer facing role that requires an appropriately high level of personal skills in working with senior colleagues in a variety of settings externally and across the three participating sites globally. The role will involve identifying funding opportunities, liaising with funders, industry and researchers in the lipidomic community.

Role 2: Applications Developer, Cardiff University, Cardiff:

The post holder will be responsible for the design and implementation of new software for processing, searching and displaying new lipidomic data. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate expertise in the use of PHP, Perl or Python and will ideally have previous experience of working with cheminformatics or biological data.

Role 3: Web Developer, Babraham Institute, Cambridge:

The post holder will be responsible for the integration of new data and tools into both the back end database and the web front end to the LIPID MAPS system. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a successful track record in the design and implementation of database driven web systems, will have extensive experience in the use of PHP, Perl or Python and will ideally have previous experience of working with cheminformatics or biological data.