Francis Crick Institute

Database Administrator

Francis Crick Institute

London, United Kingdom

Salary for this Role: Competitive

Job Title: Database Administrator

Reports to: Karen Ambrose, Research Data Services Team Lead

Closing Date: 27/May/2022 23.59 GMT

Job Description:

This is a full time, fixed term (18 months) contract position on Crick terms and conditions of employment.


This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the world’s leading research institutes as part of the Crick-GSK LinkLabs collaboration at a crucial time in its evolution, and play a definitive role in shaping it for the future.

The role will reside in the Scientific Computing STP within the Francis Crick Institute and is responsible for delivering the data model to support the scientific pipelines and the AI/ML pipelines for downstream analysis. This role will play an integral part in the development and support of this scientific research project, as well as developing and supporting operational applications.

As part of the Crick-GSK LinkLabs collaboration, we seek a talented, highly motivated Database Administrator with a strong leaning towards open source technologies and experience in several programming languages, platforms and environments with a Science background.

The candidate will work closely with the Crick-GSK LinkLabs team and the Scientific Computing STP to continue the development of the data model, scientific data pipelines and database services to support the project going forward.

Key responsibilities:

These include but are not limited to:

  • Will work closely with Crick and GSK researchers and software engineers in the following main discipline areas e.g. Proteomics, High Content Screening, Chemistry and AI & Machine Learning.
  • Develop database schema design to support new scientific or operational processes and systems, which will translate into a data model to support the project. Developing a good understanding of the scientific data flow.
  • Provide advice on the best technologies to support particular scientific omics data requirements to the researchers.
  • Maintain the data standards, data security and integrity of the various database systems and the data they contain.
  • Manage the loading and presentation of the scientific omics data to the researchers, implementing automated processes to manage the database landscape and standardize the database management operations, where appropriate.
  • Identification, creation and development of the data reporting layers and dashboards, providing access to the database data, with an aim to extract the analytical insights from the data.
  • Maintain and create documentation to support existing and new operational database processes, standards etc., including project. walkthroughs/overviews back to the team and other research collaborators.
  • Identify and capture user requirements and deliver solutions ensuring agreed requirements are met, building prototypes and experimenting with new technology, where appropriate.
  • Ability to approach research problems with initiative and flexibility.
  • Ability to critically analyse, assimilate, and communicate complex scientific data clearly and concisely.

Key qualifications, experience and competencies:

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: bold, imaginative, open, dynamic and collegial, in addition to the following:


  • An undergraduate degree in Computer Science (or similar), Bioinformatics or other science discipline. A candidate without a degree but with the relevant in-depth database experience will also be considered.
  • Experience of analysing data to support biomedical sciences with a focus on ‘omics (proteomics, genomics, metabolomics) and/or other high-content screening platforms e.g. cell painting.
  • Strong Experience in database technologies especially open source RDBMS technologies e.g. PostgreSQL, NoSQL, Graph etc.
  • Evidence of good competence in database administration, development and the ability to productively use SQL and diverse database management tools.
  • Excellent understanding of systems analysis, relational data modelling and database design and development.
  • Working experience in at least one of the programming/scripting languages e.g. Python, R, Java, Shell Scripting, procedural language. Experience of version control software e.g. GitHub.
  • Able to work effectively without close supervision, working successfully and collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to build effective relationships at all levels and the ability to communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience.
  • Highly motivated, self-starter and committed to learning and personal improvement.
  • Able to work accurately under pressure and delivering with tight deadlines.


Experience of knowledge in any of the following areas would be beneficial:

Qualifications, experience and competencies:

  • Experience with other technologies/languages (C++, Matlab, Fiji/ImageJ, Nextflow, Neo4J)
  • Experience with biological datasets and data integration from multiple bioinformatics sources.
  • Working experience in large-scale omics data analysis applications and databases.
  • Experience of Agile or similar delivery-oriented project methods and tools
  • Good understanding of systems and business requirements processes
  • Experience of Data visualization methods and tools.

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion:

We welcome applications from all backgrounds. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, pregnancy, age, disability, or civil partnership, marital or family status. We particularly welcome applications from people who are Minority Ethnic as they are currently underrepresented in the Crick at this level.

Diversity is essential to excellence in scientific endeavour. It increases breadth and perspective, leading to more innovation and creativity. We want the Crick to be a place where everyone feels valued and where diversity is celebrated and seen as part of the foundation for our Institute’s success.

The Crick is committed to creating equality of opportunity and promoting diversity and inclusivity. We all share in the responsibility to actively promote dignity, respect, inclusivity and equal treatment and it is our aim to ensure that these principles are reflected and implemented in all strategies, policies and practices.

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