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Web Developer - javascript, es6, react, graphql at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Cambridge, UK)

Salary in the region of £27,117- £49,428 - dependent on skills and experience, plus excellent benefits

Permanent/ Open Contract

We are looking for a talented and motivated front-end developer to join COSMIC, the Catalogue Of Somatic Mutations In Cancer (, a major international resource in cancer research, based at the Wellcome Sanger Institute (

The opportunity

We are beginning a large-scale redevelopment of our infrastructure and services and we’re looking for a talented front-end developer to help design and build new web applications that will allow us to manage and visualise our complex data.

About you

We’re building new backend infrastructure using MongoDB, Python3/Django, Express and GraphQL and now need a JavaScript developer with practical experience of modern front-end technologies such as Node, ES6 and React.

Working with the COSMIC web team and our UX lead, you will be at the heart of our development efforts in this fast-moving discipline. The tools you build will help ensure COSMIC remains a world-leading resource for scientists researching new approaches to understanding and treating cancer.


A revolution is underway in health informatics, with genetics increasingly important in understanding human health and disease. COSMIC, a database of genetic mutations in cancer, is used by over 3000 scientists every day across the informatics, diagnostic and pharmaceutical industries.

We are open to a range of flexible working options including part- or full-time employment, as well as flexible hours. This position is available at grade 2 or 3, dependent on relevant experience. This will be discussed during the interview process.

Essential Skills

  • In-depth experience/working knowledge of developing modern API-driven web applications

  • Expert/good knowledge of JavaScript/React

  • Good team working and communication skills

  • A passion for writing clear, concise, and well-tested code

Ideal Skills

  •  Interest in using CI/CD and TDD

  • Experience/knowledge of working in an agile development environment

  • Interest in applying UX methodologies

  • Familiarity with version control software, preferably git

  • Understand of building services with REST/GraphQL

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