Data Engineer

Centre for Medicines Discovery, NDM Research Building, Old Road Campus, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7FZ

We are recruiting for a Data Engineer to join to our multi-skilled Research Informatics team at the Centre for Medicines Discovery (CMD) here at the Nuffield Department of Medicine. The team are responsible for a wide range of data management and analysis platforms in the biomedical space, working with researchers locally and in national and international consortia.

Reporting to the Research Informatics SRF Coordinator, you will be embedded within the Research Informatics team and work directly together with our scientists and researchers within the CMD, across Oxford and with collaborators and partners internationally. You will also work closely with the NDM Biomedical Data Platform team who provide novel data integration and visualisation solutions for multi-modal, multi-‘omic data.

You will be responsible for implementing end-to-end data engineering solutions, ensuring that datasets and their metadata are captured in an unambiguous manner to support research hypothesis generation. You will be tasked with designing and developing novel methodologies, providing performant, robust and scalable data products and services. You will act as a source of information and advice to other members of the CMD on data capturing and solutions for data analysis. You will also be responsible for ensuring that datasets are appropriately annotated and made available in a manner which is FAIR compliant (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) wherever possible.

It is essential that you hold a Master's degree in Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Computer Science, or a related subject. You will have proficiency in coding in either Python or R and other scripting languages. You will have experience of working with relational databases, including the development of bespoke schemas, and writing performant SQL. Additionally, you will have experience in managing large and diverse multimodal biomedical data types. Finally, you will be able to organise and prioritise work efficiently whilst delivering results to the required standard and to an agreed schedule, along with evidence of ability to take a leadership role and drive project completion, working independently, and organising and prioritising work to deliver accurate results to the required standard and to an agreed schedule.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience.

This position is offered full time on a fixed term contract for 3 years and is funded by the Department.

Only applications received before 12 midday on 22 April 2024 will be considered. Please quote 171147 on all correspondence.

Contact Person : Phoebe Astbury Vacancy ID : 171147 Contact Phone : 01865 287775 Closing Date & Time : 22-Apr-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : Grade 7: £36,024 - £44,263 with a discretionary range to £48,350 per annum

Job details


Data Engineer


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


March 26, 2024

Application deadline

April 22, 2024

Job type



Biology,Chemistry,Computer Science,Engineering,Mathematics,Medicine,Physics

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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