Web Developer, Mouse Informatics

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Contract Duration: 3 years

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Job Description
Are you a web developer who wants to visualise complex biological data for an exciting translational resource? Do you have the motivation to develop new skills in the latest front-end technologies and frameworks? If so, this position is for you!

The IMPC is a G7 recognised global research infrastructure that coordinates the production and phenotyping of thousands of new mutant mouse strains to better understand human health. Over the last five years, we have made 20,000 new gene-phenotype associations from 26 million data points collected from a diverse set of standardised phenotype tests, with all data being archived, analysed and disseminated by our team.

We are relaunching the www.mousephenotype.org portal with an emphasis on data visualisation and tooling. This opportunity will enable you to apply your web development skills to resources that play a crucial role into research with human genetic diseases and aging. You will also have the opportunity to develop, learn and extend exciting new visualisation tools that are needed to allow researchers from all over the globe to explore our unique resource.

You’ll be part of a multi-disciplinary team passionate about representing and querying semantically annotated data. Your primary responsibilities will be to take ownership of the data interfaces, and work closely with the developers of the large IMPC resource to find new ways to represent the existing data including images. You will solicit user feedback and will need to be responsive to evolving requirements.

You’ll be working within Mouse Informatics at EBI alongside a diverse and international team of developers, bioinformaticians and ontologists that make up the wider Samples, Phenotypes, and Ontologies (SPOT) team. You will collaborate closely with the team, who have a range of expertise in semantics, data analytics, image analysis and 3D image display. You will also be interacting with other groups at EMBL-EBI and external collaborators, both within the UK and internationally, to improve our websites.

Qualifications and Experience
The following are essential to the role:

  • Qualified to degree level in either computer sciences or bioinformatics
  • Fluent in modern web-development technologies - HTML, CSS, Javascript
  • Familiarity with common Javascript libraries (i.e. jQuery) with knowledge of visualisation libraries like D3.js highly desirable
  • Consistent track record of user interface design and development
  • Motivated to learn new front-end technologies
  • Solid working knowledge of a server side programming language (we use Java)
  • Superb communication skills
  • Ability to work independently while also interacting in a team environment

Additionally, these qualifications would be considered desirable:

  • Interacting with RESTful APIs
  • Familiarity or desire to learn Javascript frontend frameworks (i.e. Angular, React)
  • Experience of the Java Spring framework family of technologies
  • Working knowledge of version control, git and github in particular
  • Familiarity with indexing and database technologies (e.g. SolR, Lucene, ElasticSearch, MySQL, Neo4J)
  • Knowledge of the Drupal Content Management System
  • Experience with Ruby on Rails
  • Semantic web technologies such as OWL, RDF or SPARQL
  • Any other languages, such as Python or Perl. 

Additional Information

It is envisaged that interviews will take place on 19th September 2017.

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