Senior Technical Architect

The University of Manchester - Clinical Trial Bioinformatics Group / Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

  • Duration: fixed term until 31st December 2020

We are currently seeking a Senior Technical Architect for the Clinical Trial Bioinformatics Group within the Centre for cancer biomarkers. The aim of this post is to lead and drive the IT and IS Architecture that underpins the innovations and approaches in the iDECIDE capabilities of Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) within the Clinical Trial unit of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. This post will enable clinical informatics and data collection during experimental cancer medicine clinical trials for the purpose of scientific data analysis, methods development and knowledge creation. The successful candidate will drive collaboration across IT groups, innovative technology providers and organisations to deliver and gain recognition for the quality and value of IT and informatics delivered through iDECIDE.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead the IT architecture and technical development efforts originating within the iDecide collaboration framework.
  • Lead the IT architecture roadmap for iDecide and work with suppliers and collaborators to implement.
  • Driving IT solution evaluations and selection decisions, buy vs. build decisions, and early-phase project estimates which contribute to the creation of business case.
  • Guide and support architects and software engineers (including third party suppliers) in the development and documentation of IS/IT architectures for complex solutions.
  • Working in collaboration with Informaticians / Business Analysts translate system requirements for projects or programmes within the iDecide scope into IT architecture plans.
  • Provide computational and technological expertise to Clinical programmes, translating the scientific requirements of Clinical teams into computational solutions that have tangible impact.
  • Setting IT direction and strategy in area of expertise and leading specific technical development activities.
  • Earning the trust and respect of IT teams across The Christie NHS Foundation, The University of Manchester, CRUK and AstraZeneca.

The post holder should have a Masters in Computer science / Informatics / computational discipline (or equivalent relevant experience). Significant experience of IT/IS systems and architecture delivery in a scientific or research domain is required. Significant experience of cloud architectures, IT security and scalability implications is required. Guiding software engineers or third party suppliers (vendors) is key to delivery in this role. The successful applicant should have proven experience of leading IT architecture planning and implementation across teams. The ability to manage expectations of stakeholders, reporting back progress and collaborating in delivery needs is essential for this role.

For any informal enquiries about this post, please contact Jason Swift via email:

The Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute (, an Institute of The University of Manchester (, is a world-leading centre for excellence in cancer research. The Institute is core funded by Cancer Research UK (, the largest independent cancer research organisation in the world.  We are adjacent to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust (, one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe.  These factors combine to provide an exceptional environment in which to pursue basic, translational and clinical research programmes.

Our aim is to understand the fundamental basis of cancer and apply that knowledge to developing new treatment strategies for cancer patients.

We are situated in Manchester, England, a vibrant and dynamic city.

To apply for this position please visit our website:

The deadline for receipt of applications is: 7th December 2016

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