Software developer

Applicants are invited to apply for the post of a software developer within the Collaborative Approach to Meta-Analysis and Review of Animal Data from Experimental Studies (CAMARADES) group, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, at the University of Edinburgh.

The successful candidate will work within a small, highly collaborative team implementing an online application focused on supporting systematic reviews and meta-analyses for pre-clinical research.
This project involves

  • gaining an appreciation of the application's purpose.
  • helping to architect, design and develop the software.

The candidate will be managed by Dr Emily Sena and Dr Jing Liao and will work in collaboration with the rest of the CAMARADES group.

The successful candidate will likely have mastered the core concepts of industry style software development, have hands-on experience in software development including back-end architecture and front-end user interface. The candidate will benefit from previous experience in .NET framework and Angular. Excellent time management skills are essential.

Informal enquiries should be made to Christopher Sena (Chris.Sena@ed.ac.uk)

2. Job Purpose

To design and develop the CAMARADES-NC3Rs Preclinical Systematic Review & Meta-analysis Facility (SyRF), which is a fully integrated online platform for performing systematic reviews of preclinical studies, and to support the research activities of the Collaborative Approach to Meta-Analysis and Review of Animal Data from Experimental Studies (CAMARADES) group. To develop bespoke data management systems with an emphasis on developing a toolkit based solution capable of supporting future meta-analyses across projects. To ensure the design, data validation and auditing of data capture forms meets the appropriate research standards. To create and maintain websites for the CAMARADES research activities. To develop and maintain the API required to process the data, to ensure the confidentiality, availability and integrity of the data being held, and ensure the adaptability of the database to new features. To create a user-friendly interface to maximise the efficiency for researchers doing systematic review projects.

This data management system will manage data from many different types of published studies including; in vivo models of disease, in vitro models of disease and drug screening assays. Quantitative and qualitative data generated from published studies will be managed. A NoSQL server based database hosting the data management and analysis platform will be used to manage the data. This will be accessible via a secure web portal to enable data sharing.

3. Main Responsibilities

  • Design, analyse and implement bespoke software solutions (SyRF) with a focus on Data Management systems to underpin preclinical meta-analysis ensuring that users have access to the system via a secure web portal. This will require the post-holder to gain an understanding of the current structure of the software to allow these additional specific functions to be integrated into the software. 30%

  • Design and implement the user interface using Angular. This will require the post-holder to participate in discussions about front end design with senior developers and researchers and the ability to implement it independently. 30%

  • Design, implement and maintain the NoSQL database. This will include designing the database structure with the development team, implementing the database, writing queries for data migration and administrating the database with appropriate settings. 10%

  • Design and maintain websites for the group. 10%

  • Provide basic training and technical support for end users. Evaluate feedback from users and act on this to improve existing and creation of new materials and service. 5%

  • Design and implement these core data management services with an understanding of future meta-analysis of the data from multiple projects. 5%

  • Systematically test and document all development work undertaken. 5%

  • Acquire and maintain knowledge and understanding of existing and emerging computing technologies and ensure that software skills are kept up to date. 5%

4. Planning and Organising

This is mainly carried out by more senior staff e.g. Senior software developer. The post holder would however be expected to plan and organise their daily and weekly workload to ensure that they deliver their work in line and in time with the master project plan. The post holder must prioritise their personal workload to ensure that they deliver work for which they are responsible with little supervision. They will be expected to be an active member of planning and technical project meetings.

5. Problem Solving

  • Working in conjunction with the development team and end users to transform ideas into innovative technical solutions.
  • Resolve all issues and challenges faced by end users.
  • Periodically review feedback and technical support issues to allow solutions to be enhanced and improved.

6. Decision Making

  • Analyse, prototype and develop solutions using appropriate development methodologies and design and assuming responsibility for the full life cycle of the system.
  • Make most of the decisions needed on a day to day basis without referring them to the line manager for appropriate aspects of the project.
  • Matters relating to planning and strategy are primarily made by the line manager or presented by the post holder as ‘proposals’ at formal project meetings.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships

  • Work closely with, advise and support academic and clinical staff to ensure that the software developed meets the requirements of both the client and intended audience.
  • Maintain a strong working relationship within the team to share knowledge and ensure the group remains productive and expedient.
  • Liaise and conduct technical meetings with project stake holders in a professional manner to help identify their requirements, drawing up technical specifications and identify resources required to complete the course of project work.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

    The successful applicant will demonstrate the following:
  • Relevant degree or equivalent IT knowledge gained through education, training and experience, together with two or more years of wide ranging IT software development projects that were successfully delivered.
  • Demonstrable asp.net experience and/or Angular (other front-end frameworks acceptable). (Essential)
  • Experience with DDD and/or CQRS preferred.
  • Knowledge and experiences on ASP.NET API OO Programming.
  • Some knowledge on pre-clinical modelling and research.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with students, staff and project stake holders at all levels.
  • Very good analytical and design skills
  • Competence in a range of computer operating systems, software development tools, web technologies, eLearning systems, pedagogies and Web 2.0 concepts with expertise in one or more areas.
  • Thorough knowledge of current University IT policies, facilities and services
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • The ability to inspire confidence and to provide authoritative information
  • Willingness to learn new technologies and implement best practice

9. Dimensions

The post-holder provides IT software development services as part of a small but diverse technical project team of ten members of staff working to deliver IT systems that underpin a number of clinical trials.

10. Job Context and any other relevant information

Currently the main technical infrastructure is based around Microsoft IIS and SQL servers with applications predominantly written in ASP.Net

The role is grade UE06 and attracts an annual salary of £27,830 to £32,236 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

This post is available on a fixed term basis, with a working pattern of 35 hours per week for 30 August 2020.

Pension Scheme
This role is grade UE06 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our pension’s website: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/finance/pensions/scheme-details/uss

Right to Work

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To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on right to work please visit our right to work webpage

If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example:

  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website
  • Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).
    Please note if you were last granted leave to stay in the UK in any Tier 2 category in the 12 months immediately preceding an application and the leave has
  • ended or expired.
  • the CoS which led to that grant of leave was issued for more than 3 months, and
  • you are either:
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    o you are in the UK and had a previous period of Tier 2 leave, but then changed (‘switched’) into a different immigration category and now wishes to apply again under Tier 2.
    You must wait 12 months before applying again.

Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Application Procedure
All applicants should apply online by clicking the “apply” button at the foot of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

Closing date: 12August 2019 at 5pm.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

The Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences (http//www.ccbs.ed.ac.uk)

The Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences (CCBS; Director Professor Siddharthan Chandran), part of Edinburgh Medical School and Edinburgh Neuroscience, integrates laboratory and clinical research to study the causes, consequences and treatment of major brain disorders. Anchored in the Edinburgh Bioquarter at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, with bases at three other Edinburgh hospital sites, CCBS’ location links clinical and laboratory science with informatics and commerce to encourage the free-flowing exchange of ideas, the efficient use of clinical data and joint academic/health service delivery.

CCBS comprises 83 Principal Investigators—including 21 Personal Chairs. Of these, 70% are active NHS clinicians, which grounds the Centre’s research aims close to unmet clinical need and facilitates the translation of research findings into real-world impact. The 400+ members of CCBS conduct research of international recognition and reputation and publish approximately 300 papers a year. Major strengths include clinical trials and trial methodology, neuroimaging, neuropathology and regenerative neurology (including human stem cell research) in a wide range of conditions encompassing brain vascular disease/stroke, neurodegenerative disease, prion disease and psychiatric disorders. CCBS researchers attracted £42M in grant-funding over the last three years and collaborate widely, leading international clinical trials in stroke (e.g. IST-3) and dementia (e.g. EPAD) and playing a major role in the UK Dementia Research Institute at the University of Edinburgh. The National CJD Research and Surveillance Unit is a WHO Reference Centre for Human Prion Disease. The research generates significant and measurable impact in terms of patient health and wellbeing, NHS policy and economy, and public awareness.

CCBS currently has 89 postgraduate students, mostly PhDs. It is particularly strong in clinical PhD training, with a number of innovative schemes including Psy-STAR, Rowling Scholars and Princess Margaret Research Development Fellowships. The Edinburgh Imaging Academy is a flagship for e-learning MSc and CPD courses. The Centre also has a strong record of attracting philanthropic donations to establish specialist research hubs (Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research, Centre for Dementia Prevention, Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre, Salvesen Mindroom Centre) that are maintained and expanded by community fundraising.

Deanery of Clinical Sciences (http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/clinical-sciences)

The Deanery of Clinical Sciences (Head, Professor Hilary Critchley) has an international reputation in clinical based research through the combination of basic, clinical and translational science and epidemiological studies, and as a part of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, offers unparalleled opportunities for ground-breaking interdisciplinary research in the bio-medical sciences.
The Deanery comprises 5 interdisciplinary Research Centres: the University of Edinburgh/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences (Director, Professor Andrew Baker), the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research (Director, Professor Moira Whyte), the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (Director, Professor Stuart Forbes), the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences (Director, Professor Siddharthan Chandran), the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health (Director, Professor Jeff Pollard); plus a Division of Health Sciences (Head, Professor Peter Hayes) incorporating 7 clinical specialties; and the Edinburgh Dental Institute (Director, Professor Angus Walls).
Clinical Sciences employs around 850 members of academic and support staff and has over 550 Honorary members who contribute significantly to teaching and research. The Deanery is a major contributor to the undergraduate MBChB curriculum and has approximately 1000 registered post graduate students studying a range of PhD, MD, taught and research MSc and on-line distance learning programmes. The Deanery can be found at the Little France site (Queen’s Medical Research Institute, Chancellor’s Building, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine in the Bioquarter), the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, the Lauriston Building, Lauriston Place, the Western General Hospital and the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.
In the most recent UK Research Assessment Exercise, Medicine was ranked in the top 5 for the whole of the UK.

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine traces its origins back nearly 500 years (Darwin, Simpson and Conan-Doyle were students here) and is internationally renowned for its research and teaching. Professor Moira Whyte is the Head of College, the only conjoint Medical and Veterinary Medical School in the UK. The College employs over 3000 academic and support staff. The College has two Schools, the Edinburgh Medical School comprising 3 Deaneries; Biomedical Sciences; Molecular Genetic and Population Health Sciences and Clinical Sciences and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences

Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Teaching Organisation

Edinburgh Medical School: Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences

Edinburgh Medical School: Clinical Sciences

The undergraduate medicine teaching programme in the College enjoys a high reputation nationally and internationally, with over 1,300 students enrolled on the MBChB and Intercalated courses and nearly 1000 on the Veterinary Sciences BVS and related programmes. In addition, approximately 2000 students are currently enrolled in the College’s taught and research post-graduate courses, including an extensive range of online distance learning diplomas and degrees. They are trained by over 1000 outstanding academic staff. Details of PhDs, research programmes and studentships are available through our interdisciplinary research institutes and centres.

The academic disciplines within Medicine are largely concentrated in the two teaching hospital campuses, the Royal Infirmary at Little France and the Western General Hospital. Both have extensive new infrastructure with major research institutes and state of the art research facilities on clinical sites. Edinburgh hosts a number of prestigious MRC and BHF Research Centres. The approach is interdisciplinary, with basic and clinical researchers working together at the laboratory bench and in our clinical research facilities to address major themes in basic, clinical and translational medicine.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies on the Easter Bush Campus houses outstanding teaching and clinical facilities as well as the splendid Roslin Institute, one of the world’s leading veterinary research centres. The College offers outstanding opportunities to address ‘One Health’ and Global Health problems of the highest international priority.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The College’s reputation as one of the world’s leading centres of medical and veterinary medical research has been reaffirmed by its UK REF2014 results. Medicine, the University’s largest submission, was ranked in the top 5 in the UK. Veterinary Medicine came 1st in the UK, and retained its position as the UK’s top Vet School. It made a joint submission with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). Neuroscience was ranked 3rd in the UK out of 82 submissions, representing a major advance. Overall, 84% of the College’s research activity was rated world leading or internationally excellent (3* and 4*). In terms of 'one medicine' research (human and animal medicine), the University of Edinburgh's research power (quality x volume) is the strongest in the UK.

The University of Edinburgh

For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.
The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 41,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 14,500 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

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