Research Software Engineer (Web Development)

School of Public Health

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 16th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £39,309 - £48,226
  • REF: MED02836
  • Closes: 14th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking a full-stack developer to work on several high-impact projects within the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London. These projects will help translate cutting-edge genomics research into accessible web applications that can be used by public health institutions, global health researchers and hospitals for the surveillance and control of streptococcal pathogens.

Two projects directly supported by this post will involve working with the Global Pneumococcal Sequencing Project ( ) and the Juno project ( ) on development and deployment of web-based software tools for analysis of genomic data from two important bacterial pathogens. A primary aim of the position will be to design tools and visualisations to present the results of bioinformatics software developed within the department, which can analyse large datasets of bacterial genomes in real-time. Some parts of the code-base will be compiled into WebAssembly and run client-side. An early prototype of one such tool can be found at .

Duties and responsibilities

You will:

  • Develop open-source software in a variety of languages to support the work of infectious disease researchers
  • Be involved in all steps of development from capturing user requirements, to user interface design, to crafting full technical solutions.
  • With the rest of the team, select the best tools for the job and provide technical leadership for the department
  • Help us to improve our existing continuous integration and test-driven development practices

We are:

  • A small collaborative team of research software engineers
  • Seven software generalists with diverse specialisms
  • Part of a world top ten university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research

Essential requirements

MSc in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, and/or equivalent experience in related quantitative discipline (several years working as a software engineer in industry is sufficient). Full-stack web development is essential, as is R or python programming experience, particularly linking R/python to JavaScript via frameworks such as shiny.

Further information

This role is offered on a full time, fixed term basis until 30 November 2023

Should you have any queries please contact: Rich Fitzjohn ( ) or Nick Croucher ( )

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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