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The PDCM Finder team has an opportunity for a Web Developer to help extend an existing cancer model platform (

Our team harmonises, analyses and disseminates rich omic and phenotypic data from Patient Derived Xenograft (PDX), organoid, and cancer cell line models to produce a unified catalog of cancer research materials and data. These resources advance cancer research by enabling researchers to find and obtain relevant data and models. We adhere to the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable (FAIR) data principles in order to maximise the availability and reach of cancer research models to the wider scientific community.

PDX, organoid and cell line models are used to investigate human cancers and are increasingly used in clinical research to test new chemotherapeutic regimens and study drug resistance mechanisms. The PDCM Finder integrates cancer model data from multiple international sources and leverages EMBL-EBI’s resources that store genomic and transcriptomic data. 

Your role

As part of the Phenomics Team you’ll work alongside developers, bioinformaticians and biologists. This project presents an interesting opportunity for the presentation of complex biological data to users in intuitive, visually appealing ways. You will be helping to extend the metadata standard of PDCM Finder to cell lines and organoids models and managing the data for the world’s largest open PDX model catalog.

You’ll work with the Project Lead to interact with the user community to learn and capture requirements and then drive the development, testing and integration of emerging features. As part of your day to day job, you’ll be working in an agile team with expertise in software design and engineering, semantics, data science and image analysis. 

You have

  • Proven experience with JavaScript/Typescript frameworks (such as Angular, or React)
  • Skills in HTML5 and CSS
  • Interest in data visualisation (Highcharts, D3, Canvas, SVG)
  • Good knowledge of UX practices
  • Well versed in UI and responsive design and have a creative streak
  • Experience working with APIs (REST or GraphQL)
  • Familiar with version control (such as Git, GitHub)
  • Strong communication and decision-making skills and the ability to prioritise your work
  • Strong presentation skills with the ability to articulate and present solutions, ideas and recommendations
  • Comfortable producing documentation and tutorials (user and technical) 

You might also have

  • Experience with JavaScript unit testing frameworks
  • Knowledge of website security best practices
  • A passion for biomedical research and the aim of advancing biomedical knowledge to help patients internationally
  • Experience in working in an agile development environment
  • Experience or willingness to learn some CI/CD practises
  • Experience with semantic web technologies such as OWL, RDF or SPARQL
  • Some knowledge of biology / genetics and / or cancer research
  • Prior experience working in a multidisciplinary scientific environment 

Why join us

Do something meaningful

At EMBL-EBI you can apply your talent and passion to accelerate science and tackle some of humankind’s greatest challenges. EMBL-EBI, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, is a worldwide leader in the storage, analysis and dissemination of large biological datasets. We provide the global research community with access to publicly available databases and tools which are crucial for the advancement of healthcare, food security, and biodiversity.

Join a culture of innovation 

We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, alongside other prominent research and biotech organisations, and surrounded by beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. This is a highly collaborative and inclusive community where our employees enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. We are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their professional potential.

Enjoy lots of benefits:

  • Financial incentives: Monthly family, child and non-resident allowances, annual salary review, pension scheme, death benefit, long-term care, accident-at-work and unemployment insurances
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover)
    Generous time off: 30 days annual leave per year, in addition to eight bank holidays 
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if applicable) 
  • Campus life: Free shuttle bus to and from work, on-site library, subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria, casual dress code, extensive sports and social club activities (on campus and remotely)
  • Family benefits: On-site nursery, 10 days of child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances
  • Benefits for non-UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance. 

What else you need to know

  • Contract duration: This position is a 3 year fixed-term project limited contract with an anticipated completion date of 31/08/2025.
    International applicants: We recruit internationally and successful candidates are offered visa exemptions. Read more on our page for international applicants
  • Diversity and inclusion: At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ+ and individuals from all nationalities. 
  • Job location: This role is based in Hinxton, UK and you will be required to relocate once it is safe to do so, if you are currently based abroad.
  • How to apply: To apply please submit a cover letter and a CV through our online system before the closing date – 23rd June 2022.

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