Neo4J Developer UCL

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Closing Date
22 Feb 2024
UK DRI at UCL, Queen Square On site (> 80% of working time)
The post is available immediately and funded by UK DRI until 31 March 2028 in the first instance. This role is eligible for hybrid working with a minimum of 20% of time on site.

About the job

Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century.

To date there is no way to prevent it or even slow its progression, and there is an urgent need to fill the knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause it.

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative supporting research to fill the major knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause dementia.

Research from UK DRI at UCL covers the journey from the patient to the laboratory and back to the patient with improved diagnosis, biomarkers and candidate therapies put to the test. Led by Professor Karen Duff, UK DRI Centre Director, the team addresses the key unanswered mechanistic questions that link genetic and lifecourse factors to dysfunction in molecular pathways, in cells and in neural systems during the progression of the dementias. This work will be enhanced by clinical resource to link lab work to the clinic.

UK DRI core data science team

Neurodegenerative research spans various scales, from molecular to population levels and it benefits immensely from the rapidly evolving innovations in informatics and data science and the growing collation of omics and population level life-course data. The UK DRI holds the lead in identifying novel questions that can only be addressed with the inclusion of such innovations. The UK DRI data science team will serve as the core for the UK DRI national informatics programme over the next four years. The team will enhance data access, training, partnerships, and technical capacity

for researchers, fostering data sharing and boosting data science capabilities. The team is currently based at UCL and interacts closely with the UK DRI UCL centre staff.

About the role

As a research organisation, the UK DRI is increasingly generating data that would benefit from in-house services that allow the researchers an easy and reliable mechanism for viewing and analysing the data. This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic Neo4J developer who would like to tackle dementia by participating in and contributing to scientific collaborative projects involving UK DRI researchers and our partners.

We intend to provide an open-source graph network-based framework that allows data integration in a multi-omics context which is easily accessible to users.

Your role will be to set up an internal web portal where existing data sets are integrated and visualised along with disparate data sets. Following successful deployment, you would move ahead with building a public portal that will be regularly updated with data releases, and there will be scope to expand the functionality of the system to incorporate additional data types and modalities.

Essential Criteria

You will be interested in the research and mission of the UK DRI, enthusiastic about joining our newly established data science team, and passionate about working effectively and collaboratively with researchers at all levels across the Institute.

You will also have extensive experience in Neo4J, in-depth knowledge of developing and applying integrative analyses to large, disparate data sets, expert programming skills (Python, R, JavaScript, shell scripting), and be comfortable with cloud technologies.

This role meets the eligibility requirements for a skilled worker certificate of sponsorship or a global talent visa under UK Visas and Immigration legislation. Therefore, UCL welcomes applications from international applicants who require a visa.

Contact Information

To apply visit here.

Informal enquiries regarding the role can be addressed to Amonida Zadissa, Associate Director of Informatics .