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Citizen Science Software Specialist (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Public Health and Primary Care

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £36,261 to £48,677
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th January 2019
Closes: 17th February 2019
Job Ref: RH17939

Funded by the Health Foundation, The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute) has a remit to advance research into how to improve the quality and safety of patient care. The institute hosts around 40 staff, consisting of academics, operational and communications staff and visiting research fellows. It has strong links across University of Cambridge departments, with RAND Europe, a not-for-profit Cambridge-based research organisation, and with Homerton College, Cambridge, as well as with multiple external partners. The institute is generously funded by the Health Foundation, receiving around £40m over ten years. It is envisaged that the institute will attract other external research funds and philanthropic support, with the aim of becoming self-sustaining by 2027.

Using citizen science principles, the institute will work with NHS staff, patients and the public to contribute to large-scale research programmes, coordinated and directed by the institute and its partners, aimed at addressing the pressing needs of the NHS for better evidence.

Reporting to the Citizen Science Lead, the post-holder will work collaboratively to develop and implement innovative web-based solutions to help deliver the institute’s mission to strengthen the evidence-base for improving healthcare. The post-holder will be responsible for designing and developing software to integrate third party systems into the institute's online citizen science platform. This platform is built on Amazon Web Service using the latest serverless technologies. The post holder will be educated to degree level in a relevant subject or have appropriate research experience.

In addition to strong technical ability and hands-on architectural or distributed systems experience, the successful candidate will have full software lifecycle expertise, great communication skills and the motivation to achieve results in a fast-paced environment. They will work collaboratively with research teams to design, refine and pilot systems prior to rollout for use in research studies. The successful candidate will also be able to engage with multiple stakeholders across the NHS and other sectors. The role-holder should be committed to working collaboratively and inclusively and will act as a systems integrator, disseminator and enabler. 

The successful candidate will have a degree (Hons) in an appropriate subject (or hold equivalent qualifications) or have equivalent knowledge, skills and understanding gained through experience and professional qualification.  They will have good coding skills in web, application and database development. The role may very occasionally require evening or weekend work or to support operational systems and a degree of home/remote working may be required. 

The role is full-time.  We also welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements of no less than 0.6 FTE per week.

The funds for this post are available until 30 April 2022.

The post holder will be based at the Clifford Allbutt Building, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0AH (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre).

Informal discussions about the post are strongly encouraged. Please contact the Citizen Science Lead, Andy Paterson, by email (

Closing date: 17 February 2019

Telephone interviews: w/c 18 February 2019

Interview date: 26 February 2019

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