The Francis Crick Institute

Research Software Developer

The Francis Crick Institute

Lonoon, United Kingdom

Job title: Research Software Developer

Location: The Francis Crick Institute, Midland Road, London

Contract: Fixed-term, (2 years), Full time

Salary: Competitive with benefits, subject to skills and experience

Vacancy ID: 12827

Short summary

We are seeking an experienced software developer to support the TRACERx project to be responsible for the development, deployment, profiling/benchmarking and optimisation of genome data analysis pipelines for clinical cancer research in developing new software tools and optimizing existing and pipelines for the TRACERx project to make best use of high-performance computing and cloud computing platforms. You would also write technical documentation and support other research scientists to use those software pipelines.

Although these efforts will focus primarily on TRACERx, we expect some of these contributions to be reusable in other labs with the end goal being to improve the speed of analysis and efficiency of bioinformatics workflows.

The Scientific Computing facility is one of the core Science Technology Platforms (STPs) available to all researchers at the Crick and provides a range of advanced services including databases, digital/web development, research computing/HPC and research software engineering.

The Cancer Evolution and Genome Instability Lab are studying how cancers evolve in the body to spread and become resistant to therapy, and finding new ways to treat them more effectively (

Project Summary

The TRACERx project (is a 10-year longitudinal study of lung cancer evolution from diagnosis onwards implementing DNA and RNA sequencing and other techniques in over 700 patients. Understanding what drives tumour heterogeneity and mapping the evolutionary pathways at work as cancers evolve and change is essential if we are to treat cancer more effectively in the future (

About us

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under in one building in Europe.

The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; public engagement; and helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy.

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  • The closing date for applications is 01 January 2020 at 23:45.
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