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FlyBase Systems Administrator/Software Developer

Postby sjm41 » Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:42 am

Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, UK
Salary: £36,532-£46,278

Closing date: 24 August 2009.

The Cambridge (UK) division of FlyBase ( currently seeks a Systems Administrator/Software Developer, working either full or part-time to support its team of genetic literature curators.

FlyBase ( is the premier database of genetic, genomic and functional data for Drosophila species, with a focus on the model organism Drosophila melanogaster. The primary goal of FlyBase-Cambridge curators is to identify relevant genetic data from scientific articles concerning Drosophila, and to record these data in a systematic manner. Curated data are subsequently validated and integrated into the FlyBase database.

The core tasks of the Systems Administrator/Software Developer role include systems administration and the maintenance of Perl scripts and files required by the curators in their work. These tasks will occupy approximately 50% of a full-time position, and we are happy to consider applicants who only wish to work part-time (50%) to perform these essential tasks. However, we would like to enhance the current scripts/files and develop additional software to aid curators, and the remaining 50% of the full-time position would be spent on these areas.

Essential skills/experience:
· Unix-based system administration and IT support
· Knowledge of Linux and MacOS
· Expertise in Perl scripting
· Knowledge of relational databases and SQL
· Familiarity with subversion
· Familiarity with client-server operations for files, scripts and database access
· Familiarity with both GUI and text-based tools for data entry, querying and display
· Ability to communicate and collaborate productively with non-developers in office
· Ability to communicate and collaborate productively with developers based at international sites

Useful skills/experience:
· Design and implementation of graphical user interfaces
· Familiarity with XML and XSLT
· A background in, or familiarity with, genetics
· Familiarity with the FlyBase database and/or website

Informal enquiries to Dr Steven Marygold (; Tel: +44(0)1223-333170).

See the official advert ( for full details and application procedure.
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