Python Developer (Citizen Science) (Fixed Term)

open until filled
Life Sciences, Medical Sciences
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
£36,261-£48,677 GBP

At THIS Institute we aim to create a world-leading scientific asset for the NHS by strengthening the evidence-base for improving the quality and safety of healthcare. Co-created by two exceptional organisations - the University of Cambridge and the Health Foundation - THIS Institute is founded on the guiding principle that efforts to improve care should be based on the highest quality evidence. The institute hosts around 40 staff and has strong links across University of Cambridge departments and with RAND Europe, a not-for-profit Cambridge-based research organisation, and with Homerton College, Cambridge, as well as with multiple external partners.

Based on the principle of co-production, the institute will, with patient and public involvement, mobilise NHS personnel to create a distributed digital learning network. Using citizen science principles, it will open participation to individuals and organisations 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.

The post holder will be educated to degree level in a relevant subject or have appropriate research experience. 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. They will work collaboratively with research teams to design, refine and pilot systems prior to rollout for use in research studies.

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 improvement and build capacity in research methods. 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 have the ability to engage with multiple stakeholders across the NHS and academia. The role-holder should be committed to working collaboratively and inclusively and will act as a systems integrator, disseminator and enabler.

The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2022 in the first instance, with the possibility of a further extension of five years. The post holder will be based at the Clifford Allbutt Building, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0AH (approximately 2 miles south of city centre). This role can be full or part time (minimum 0.6FTE) and could involve a degree of remote working.

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

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Closing date: 8 September 2019

Phone interviews: w/c 9 September 2019

Interview Date: 17 September 2019

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