Research Assisant/ Associate: Software Developer/Engineer

Imperial College London - Department of Computing

Full time, fixed term appointment until 29 March 2019

Research Assistant salary range: £32,380 - £34,040 per annum

Research Associate salary range: £36,800 - £44,050 per annum

Recent advances in software engineering has opened up exciting possibilities to extend and transform traditional data management and analysis software at scale. The Data Science Institute at Imperial College is recruiting a Software Engineer to join our enthusiastic team and the wider community of research scientists. You will be collaborating with experts across the College, applying software engineering to always connected, distributed computation environments for the betterment of research in translational bioinformatics. This is a great opportunity to join an ambitious team addressing meaningful challenges at a world-leading organisation.

The Research Assistant / Associate Software Engineer will work at the Data Science Institute with the Director Professor Yike Guo and his team.

The project focuses on the development of a plaform for the management and analysis of bioinformatics data at scale for use at an internal and national level. The system is developed based on current technologies leveraging stateless NodeJS and ReactJS in containters to provide a full stack JavaScript solution at scale able to process terrabytes per second of medical and translational data.

The successful candidate will demonstrate extensive expertise in software engineering. We will expect you to be a self-motivated individual with the ability to take responsibility for key components of the development. You should also be comfortable working in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment to develop and provide software to meet the needs of the projects.

To apply at Research Assistant level you must have a good first degree (or equivalent) or Masters (or equivalent) in a related area. 

At Research Associate level you mush have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in computer science, software engineering or informatics or significant software development experience with an emphasis on large-scale scientific data management.

A proven research record with publications in the relevant areas is also required. You must be fluent in English.

Extensive programming skills in JavaScript ES6 is imperative. Prior knownledge of NodeJS and ReactJS functioning in Flux architecture is desirable. The candidate must also be familiar with the challenges of writing distributed stateless software.

How to apply:

For further details on this opportunity visit our Jobs website and search using vacancy reference number ENG00137. In addition to completing the online application, candidates should attach:

  • A full CV, including publications, experience and achievements
  • A 2-page research statement indicating what you see are interesting research issues relating to the above post and why your expertise is relevant

For queries regarding the application process contact Fay Miller (

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