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Web Developer

16 January 2018

Job Description

We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented Web Developer to join the the Open Targets Core team. 

Your primary tasks will be development of the web front-end for the core Open Targets deliverable, a genome-wide database of target validity ( 

Your responsibilities will include:

Designing, developing and improving a robust, testable web application to facilitate target validation;
Working with other developers in the team to ensure consistency in the web application;
Working with scientists and UX professionals to ensure a positive user experience and an integrated display of information;
Developing, integrating and maintaining reusable data visualisation components for data display.
This is an exciting opportunity to work on a growing project at the interface of academic and industry research (

What would I have done last month?

Begin work displaying a new genetics dataset:
Met with front-end team (developers, UX) and scientists to sketch designs for a visualisation
Performed preliminary analysis of the dataset using Python in Jupyter Notebook to check feasibility
Agreed the new REST API requirements with the back-end team (using Python's Flask framework and Elasticsearch)
Help build and iterate a D3-based visualisation component based on the designs and integrate into our AngularJS web app (using Netlify)
Receive feedback on the visualisation
Improved table filtering for categorical data in tables in the web app
Refactored existing D3-based visualisation to use canvas to improve performance

At EMBL-EBI, we help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in biology by enabling them to exploit complex information to make discoveries that benefit mankind. Working for EMBL-EBI gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by 23 member states and two associate member states and proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are engineers, technicians, scientists and other professionals from all over the world.

Qualifications and Experience

Required skills and experience include:
Highly skilled at front-end engineering using JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS;
A solid understanding of web application development processes, from the developing the layout/user interface to deployment and testing.
Experience building Angular web applications (or using similar libraries/frameworks such as react, ember, backbone or knockout);
Experience using responsive web design frameworks (for example SASS/LESS, Twitter Bootstrap, Foundation, etc.);
Experience in Python or node.js

Additional desirable skills:
Interest in data visualisation for the web (D3, Canvas, SVG);
Interest in modern web technologies (ES6, Web Components);
Understanding of web application security, scalability, performance and reliability;
You will work in a small team and interact with UX and back-end teams. You should be able to demonstrate the ability to work well with colleagues and to collaborate with external partners. You must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and enjoy working in a stimulating, international culture. An interest or experience in life sciences would be advantageous


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme and health insurance, educational and other family related benefits where applicable, as well as financial support for relocation and installation. 

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else. 

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.

Application Instructions

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV, with two referees, through our online system click here.