Front-End Biocoder

Desktop Genetics
Job Location
United Kingdom
Job Description

As a Front-End Developer, you will design and implement new user ­facing applications, specialising in building web ­based genetic engineering tools and visualizations. You will write client ­side code to create fast, easy­ to­ use, high volume production applications. You will help shape our vision for a streamlined, beautiful way to engineer living organisms and hack biology to do amazing things. Our experts will train you in biology, and you will participate in conferences and hackathons to grow your skills and reputation. To get the most out of working with the team, you are a self-starter and fast learner who is naturally curious and passionate about the future of genomics & biotechnology.



    • Proven track record of building rich single­page web applications
    • Fluent in Angular.js framework and Javascript 
    • Proficient with D3.js, SASS/CSS 
    • A keen eye for good UI design is strongly desirable 
    • Proven ability to write well­ structured, testable code in Karma and Protractor as part of an interdisciplinary team 
    • Proficient with Git and git­based development workflows 
    • Able to communicate complex technical ideas fluently in English
    •  Able to relocate to London to work on­site full time intellectualy curious and passionate about solving complex biology with clever software


    • Produce testable, modular, high quality code
    • Review code produced by other team members
    • Design and implement intricate systems and user workflows under tight deadlines.
    • Own projects end-to-end, from developing prototypes to ensuring reliable roll-outs to large organizations.
    • Communicate clearly and constantly with other engineers as well as product owners and designers.
    • Participate in product and technology design sessions
About Our Organization

We develop technologies at the intersection of biotechnology, software and laboratory automation. We are a team of geneticists, molecular biologists, engineers and computer scientists. Together, we've developed the DESKGEN platform, an intuitive and powerful system that supports the next generation of biological research: genome editing. This platform helps scientists be more efficient in the lab by optimising the design, construction, management, and purchase of the DNA, reagents and services important in gene editing and molecular biology. Through our platform, we aim to enable “literal Desktop Genetics”, a process that researchers can use to design CRISPR gene editing experiments, purchase reagents and find commercial entities to execute those experiments - and obtain results - without them having their own specialist laboratories. To this end, we are partnering with several leading suppliers and third party vendors to offer research tools and custom CRISPR libraries for on-demand cell line engineering.

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