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Software Engineer - Web Application Developer

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Software Engineer - Web Application Developer

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

Salary £33,963 to £39,955 per annum (Discretionary range to £45,949)

Full time / Fixed Term – 2 years

Reference: 10693

About us

Diamond Light Source (DLS) is a large scientific facility that makes a range of advanced measurement and analysis methods available to researchers around the world. Historically researchers have travelled to DLS to conduct their experiments but increasingly automation technology has been developed to allow researchers to mail their samples to DLS and have their experiments carried out remotely with no need for them to attend site. This trend has been greatly accelerated as the current COVID pandemic has made travel and physical interaction more challenging.

Join our Information Management Team to develop and support cutting-edge scientific software as part of an international research collaboration.

About the role

Effective information management is essential for Diamond to conduct its critical work; providing scientists the tools to turn theoretical science into practical and often life-changing discoveries. A critical component of Diamond's software architecture is its Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The LIMS is a web application that captures the full lifecycle of experiments at Diamond. The LIMS enables scientists from all over the world to plan and prepare their experiments, facilitates integration and interoperability with data analysis tools and provides visualisation of experimental activity and results.

To continue our innovative approach to information management, we are looking to recruit a Software Engineer to join the team developing and supporting the web-based LIMS application for Cryo-electron Microscopy (Cryo-EM) based in the electron Bio-Imaging Centre (eBIC) at Diamond. The web application needs extending to support emerging requirements to streamline operations and support automated data collections. The software stack is also undergoing a technical refresh to take advantage of modern JavaScript libraries and frameworks (e.g. Vue.js). This would be an ideal opportunity for you to grow and develop with a world leading science facility or utilise the skills and experience you already have in this rewarding role.

As a member of the Business Applications Group you will be working alongside a bright and motivated team in an open and collaborative environment. You will be required to interact with beamline scientists and translate their specifications for scientific capabilities into software requirements. You will also participate in international collaborations within this domain, sharing best practice and supporting other facilities and synchrotrons within the collaboration.

About you

Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate experience in the full Software Development Lifecycle. The candidate must be proficient in JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Experience with recent JavaScript libraries and frameworks (Vue.js, React.js) is desirable. Experience with back end software languages (PHP, Python) to develop database driven web applications is also desirable. A degree level qualification in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science or equivalent experience is essential to interpret scientific needs into clear software requirements. An interest in supporting scientific stakeholders coupled with strong analytical and communication skills is also essential.

About eBIC at Diamond

Diamond provides a range of techniques for academic and industrial researchers studying the machines of life. As one of those techniques, Cryo-electron Microscopy (Cryo-EM) reveals the shape and arrangement of biological molecules at near atomic resolution, which provides a highly accurate insight into their function. This can be combined with complementary information from many other techniques available at Diamond alongside lab-based investigations to reveal the broader picture of molecular interactions and their effects. Cryo-EM can also be used to look at these biological molecules in their native cellular environment giving unprecedented information about how they function in their natural environment.

Cryo-EM1 is a core activity at Diamond with 10 electron microscopes dedicated to the UK structural and cellular biology community as well as researchers in Europe and beyond. The staff at eBIC are recognised in the cryo-EM field and are dedicated to offering the latest sample preparation and data collection methods to our users. The group takes a long-term approach to enabling new experiments and methodologies at its suite of electron microscopes to meet the current and future demands of an exacting community of scientists. One of these enabling areas is the streaming of data management with a LIMS system to facilitate automation, improve the efficiency of our instruments, reduce delivery time and ultimately lead to FAIR2 data in accordance with the goals of the European Open Science Cloud initiatives.