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    Opportunity: Senior Web Developer -- UX Specialist @ Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute -- Hinxton/Cambridge, UK
    Submitted by Sam Bowker; posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017


    The COSMIC database of cancer mutations ( is expanding rapidly and developing a range of new services to support multiple academic and industrial research efforts. We are now looking for a UX specialist to help us design and develop the next generation of COSMIC tools. We are in the process of large-scale redevelopment of the COSMIC web interface, data access services, the database backbone and internal tooling. This presents a unique opportunity for a talented UX/UI consultant to truly make their mark designing from the ground up. You will be responsible for organising user research to help inform design decisions, as well as conducting user testing as part of an iterative process. You will then interpret the user feedback and apply this alongside your own knowledge to ensure an intuitive user experience on the new COSMIC platform.

    A revolution is underway in health informatics, with genetics being increasingly important in understanding human health and disease. Our database, COSMIC, is a major resource in cancer research used by over 3000 scientists every day, across informatics, diagnostic and pharmaceutical industries, and an even wider range of academic data explorations. As an experienced UX specialist, you will be excited by the opportunity to develop our efforts and contribute to this fast-moving discipline. Working with the COSMIC team, you will develop strategies to engage users, to capture opinions and improve the way we annotate, release and display information, ensuring that COSMIC remains a world leading resource for scientists researching new approaches to understanding and treating cancer.

    While you will be working independently to drive the design process, you will be working closely with the scientists, bioinformaticians and web developers in the COSMIC team and engaging with the group leader where appropriate.

    We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours.


    Essential Skills:
    • BSc / MSc (or equivalent experience) in UX/UI Design or related discipline
    • In depth experience of user-centred design
    • Experience of conceiving, organising and conducting user research
    • Expertise in user testing, wireframing and prototyping tools
    • Track record of feedback based iterative design
    • Proven ability to communicate effectively
    • Ability to work independently and organise own workload
    • Ability to understand complex requirements & propose useful solutions


    Ideal Skills:
    • Web design skills, focusing on customer requirements
    • Graphic design skills and experience
    • Experience with graphic design software
    • Knowledge of molecular biology/cancer biology


    Fixed term for 2 years


    Salary range from: £31498 to £39729 plus excellent benefits.

    Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Workplace Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30, plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.


    The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. Our goal is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

    The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and will soon host Genomics England Limited's 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation and supports learning by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus. Its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society. To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops.


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    Closing date for applications: 22nd September 2017, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.


    Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status. Please include a covering letter and CV with your application.

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