We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated Developer to join the Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies team at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK.
Are you a web developer with an eye for design? Can you grapple with complex data and work out how to present them to the world in intuitive ways? Are you excited about new front-end technologies and frameworks? If so, this is the role for you!
You’ll be working on user interfaces for two projects - the Virtual Fly Brain (VFB) and the European Bank for induced pluripotent stem cells (EBiSC). The VFB is building a resource to pull together genetic information, anatomical information and image data from the brains of fruit flies. A massive international effort is currently underway to map the neural circuitry of the brain of the fruit fly, Drosophila, and to genetically dissect the functions of these circuits. VFB serves this community by integrating all the available data into a queryable system backed by an innovative, OWL-based schema and the results of statistical image analysis of tens of thousands of insect brain images.
The EBiSC project is a large European public-private partnership project supported jointly by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) and members of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), which aims at establishing the first European Bank for induced pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC). The Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies team are responsible for the capture, storage and publication of all data on each cell line produced by EBiSC.
Both projects present really interesting challenges for the presentation of complex biological data to users in intuitive, visually appealing ways. As part of the VFB project, you will be developing a new web interface, integrating a range of new search and query features with a WebGL based 3D image browser. As part of the EBiSC project, you’ll be working with an existing interface to display EBiSC data stored in the Biosamples Database, so you’ll need to find ways to innovate the existing interface to better illustrate stem cell data and reflect links between the biological samples involved in producing these cell lines. Your primary responsibilities will be to take ownership of both interfaces, and work closely with the developers of the backend databases to find new ways to represent the existing data. You’ll be expected to be involved in soliciting user feedback and will need to be responsive to evolving requirements.
You’ll be working within the SPOT team at EBI alongside developers, bioinformaticians and ontologists. As part of your day to day job, you’ll be collaborating with the VFB team, who have a range of expertise in semantics, image analysis and 3D image display, and the BioSamples database team, who have experience in ontologies, databases and backend java technologies. You’ll also be interacting with other groups at EMBL-EBI and external collaborators, both within the UK and internationally, to improve our websites.
For further information about the Virtual Fly Brain project, please visit: https://www.virtualflybrian.org
For further information about EBiSC or the Biosamples database, please visit:
https://www.ebisc.org or https://www.ebi.ac.uk/biosamples