Fixed term post on Grade 8 £40,792 - £48,677 (with discretionary range to £53,174) plus generous employment package
We are the Evidence-Based Medicine DataLab, at the University of Oxford, led by Dr Ben Goldacre.
We are a mixed team of software engineers, clinicians, and researchers, pooling skills and insights. We turn raw datasets into live, interactive, data-driven tools and services, as well as pure academic papers. Then we use these to campaign for better use of data in science and medicine.
We are looking for a Python developer to join our small, fast-moving, interdisciplinary team of software engineers, academics, clinicians, and policy-makers. You will write software that has a real impact on patients, and the practice of science in general. You will also help improve devops across all our projects and platforms.
Our work is around two themes:
- Promoting better use of patient data, by building useful real-world tools like OpenPrescribing and more.
- Promoting better research, by building tools to spotlight unreported clinical trials, conflicts of interest, bad transparency policies, and more.
Our users love our services. We frequently get unsolicited feedback, like “this is is fascinating and informative”, “incredibly useful addition to what’s already an amazing resource”, and “astounding website”. Our work is influential: it features in high-profile news stories, is referenced by parliamentary committees, and is published in a wide range of journals.
We are motivated by finding novel ways to present data, to find interesting signals, and to make the information directly relevant to users; for example, using statistical process control techniques to generate custom alert emails.
Our core stack is Django + postgres, running in VMs. We farm out computationally expensive work to Google BigQuery (e.g. for complex queries that scan all 90GB of processed prescribing data). We generate charts using HighCharts. We quickly prototype “data science” ideas in Jupyter Notebooks (example), and are able to generate tools and blog posts as rapid responses to media stories as they unfold (example). Everything we do is open by default.
You can work remotely, visiting the team in Oxford once or twice per month, or if desired you can be based in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University. This can be a full-time or part-time post.
The closing date for applications is noon on 22 April 2019