Research Associate in Genetics

University of Cambridge Department of Genetics

United Kingdom

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work on the InterMine project (, based in the Department of Genetics at the University of Cambridge. Successful applicants will be helping us create open source tools to visualise and analyse complex open biological data in creative and user friendly ways.

InterMine is a JVM-based application with a PostgreSQL datastore, extensive web services, and a ClojureScript-based user interface. Specific technologies we use include: Java, Clojure, Python, React (via the Clojure wrapper re-frame), and others where appropriate. We care about RESTful services and open standards.

This position would suit a front end developer with an interest in UI/UX design. During the initial tenure, the successful candidate will be responsible for the development of a graphical wizard implemented as a webapp, providing a front end to RESTful services for creating and deploying InterMine instances. It will be possible for the successful candidate to involve themselves in Python backend development and Cloud infrastructure devops if they wish.

Experience with HTML and CSS is a requirement, as well as having used SPA frameworks like React or Vue.js alongside modern JavaScript tooling. A desire to learn functional compile-to-JS languages like ClojureScript is a plus. Technical prowess will be prioritized, but as the successful candidate will have to create UI designs themselves, any examples of this from the applicant will be appreciated.

Applicants should have some familiarity with our software stack and be comfortable on the command line. Previous experience with source control software, unit testing and build tools is required.

We are looking for excellent communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills and the ability to work and communicate effectively as part of a diverse multi-disciplinary team of programmers and biologists.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 7.5 months in the first instance.

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For informal enquiries about the role please contact Kevin Reierskog

Further information about the Micklem group can be found on our website

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Please quote reference PC26352 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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