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Software Developer (Computational Biology/Bioinformatics)

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About the Role

Applications are invited for a motivated and committed Senior Software Developer. The successful candidate will contribute to Queen Mary’s national reputation for research by planning and managing innovative projects as well as providing expert advice to other members of the William Harvey Research Institute. The holder will work with our collaborators in the Monarch Initiative based at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) in the UK and Jackson Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of Colorado in the US.

About You

The successful candidate will have PhD degree in bioinformatics or a related discipline. They will work closely with the EBI in optimising the phenotypic similarity approaches used across Monarch tools, including Exomiser, and developing a robust evaluation framework to test any changes to the software. They will also work with the other Exomiser software developers to incorporate transcriptomic, structural variant and pathway based prioritisation, as well as reinterpretation strategies.

About the Team

Professor Smedley’s group aim to unravel the genetic causes of human disease, in particular utilising patient phenotypes. This position will involve working with our worldwide collaborators in the Monarch Initiative to extend the capabilities of the Exomiser software framework that is used in many large scale disease sequencing studies such as the NHS England’s 100,000 Genomes Project and Genomic Medicine Service.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Charterhouse Square Campus in London. It is full time fixed term appointment for 3 and half years with an expected start date of April 2022. The starting salary will be Grade 6 in the range of £48,035 – £53,625 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Damian Smedley at [email protected]

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button.

The closing date for applications is 01 July 2022.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly after the closing date.

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