Senior Web Developer - UX Specialist

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute - IT

Fixed term for 2 years

The COSMIC database of cancer mutations ( is expanding rapidly and developing a range of new services to support multiple academic and industrial research efforts. We are now looking for a UX specialist to help us design and develop the next generation of COSMIC tools. We are in the process of large-scale redevelopment of the COSMIC web interface, data access services, the database backbone and internal tooling. This presents a unique opportunity for a talented UX/UI consultant to truly make their mark designing from the ground up. You will be responsible for organising user research to help inform design decisions, as well as conducting user testing as part of an iterative process.

A revolution is underway in health informatics, with genetics being increasingly important in understanding human health and disease. Our database, COSMIC, is a major resource in cancer research used by over 3000 scientists every day, across informatics, diagnostic and pharmaceutical industries, and an even wider range of academic data explorations. As an experienced UX specialist, you will be excited by the opportunity to develop our efforts and contribute to this fast-moving discipline. Working with the COSMIC team, you will develop strategies to engage users, to capture opinions and improve the way we annotate, release and display information, ensuring that COSMIC remains a world leading resource for scientists researching new approaches to understanding and treating cancer.

While you will be working independently to drive the design process, you will be working closely with the scientists, bioinformaticians and web developers in the COSMIC team and engaging with the group leader where appropriate.

We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours.

Essential Skills

  • BSc / MSc (or equivalent experience) in UX/UI Design or related discipline
  • In depth experience of user-centred design
  • Experience of conceiving, organising and conducting user research
  • Expertise in user testing, wireframing and prototyping tools

Ideal Skills

  • Web design skills, focusing on customer requirements
  • Graphic design skills and experience
  • Experience with graphic design software
  • Knowledge of molecular biology/cancer biology

Other information

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease.

The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and will soon host Genomics England Limited's 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre.

To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

Closing date for applications: 22nd September 2017, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.

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