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Data Scientist/Software Developer - QMUL10633

Department: Centre for Molecular Oncology, Barts Cancer Institute
Salary: £32,405 - £38,062 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL10633
Date posted: 27-Jul-2017
Closing date: 05-Sep-2017

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Centre for Molecular Oncology

Data Scientist/Software Developer

Applications are sought for a data scientist/Software Developer to maintain and enhance SNPnexus ( a hugely popular analytical tool that allows researchers to assess the potential significance of sequence variations that could lead to diseases. The successful candidate will be responsible for SNPnexus enhancement to ensure that it remains a cutting-edge tool and continues to contribute to maximising the knowledge extracted from sequencing data. The aim is to introduce new modules for multi-sample analyses, noncoding annotation and the discovery of novel/rare disease-causing variants, and improve its speed/efficacy. The post will be based in the Bioinformatics Unit, Centre of Molecular Oncology, Barts Cancer Institute, within the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.

Essential requirements for this post include a PhD in Bioinformatics/Computer Science or a related discipline, significant experience in software development ideally in a life science environment. Experience in biological science research and familiarity with functional annotation of genome sequence variations are very desirable, and will be an advantage. A demonstrated ability to communicate well, work within a team are essential.

The technical requirements for this post include expertise in CGI scripting language (e.g., Perl or Python), relational database management systems (e.g., MySQL), and web application development technologies. Experience of additional languages, such as C/C++ or Java, is also important. Experience with Linux network/server administration would be essential. Experience in R statistical environment and Bioconductor is desirable.

The post is full time for three years, in the first instance. Starting salary will be in the range £32,405 - £38,062 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

The Barts Cancer Institute requires that applicants invited for interview will need to provide all certificates to confirm their qualifications (specified in the Job Description).

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries about this post, including arrangements to visit the Institute/Centre, can be made to Professor Claude Chelala (

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 The closing date is 05 September 2017 and interviews are likely to be held shortly thereafter.

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