Computer Officer/Bioinformatician

University of Cambridge - Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

We are seeking a creative developer interested in applying their skills to support research in human health and disease. You will be involved in a large and exciting research project which focuses on improving understanding of oesophageal cancer in order to better support patients.  The project is part of the International Caner Genome Consortium (ICGC) which aims to elucidate comprehensively the genomic changes present in cancer that contribute to the burden of disease in people throughout the world. The successful candidate will directly work alongside a dynamic mix of laboratory researchers, bioinformaticians and clinicians in accessing and integrating clinical and genomic data and oversee the data management of the project.

We will consider full-time and part-time applications.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining and developing software for the management of experimental data and analysis pipelines in conjunction with scientists and bioinformaticians.
  • Working with the laboratory informatics manager to provide data for integrated data views on a web-based platform.

Ideal candidates will have a broad interest in computing technologies and software development, especially management and validation of scientific data. Experience with the Java programming language is required.

Required skills and experience:

  • A good undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification or experience, in a numerate discipline.
  • Working knowledge of Java, and scripting languages (Python/bash etc).
  • Experience of programming, data modelling, and data management.
  • Ability to plan and work independently to meet project deadlines.
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively as part of a team.

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Direct experience working with scientific data, within a scientific research environment.

The project is funded by CRUK as part of the International Cancer Genome Consortium study led by Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald from the MRC Cancer Cell Unit.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2021 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 18th October 2017. Interviews dates are to be confirmed.

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Please quote reference SW13379 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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