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Informatics Automation Developer

Informatics Automation Developer

Milton Keynes

Competitive Salary DOE

Our client, a leading provider of life science solutions, are now looking for a Informatics Automation Developer to join their team on site in Milton Keynes for a prestigious project for a fixed term contract until end of March 2022.

Informatics Automation Developer will be responsible for provision of software design and engineering in support of laboratory operations and management.

Main duties and responsibilities:


  • Develop workflows and interfaces between our commercial Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and our internal software platforms.

    This will include developing automation scripts, data validation rules, systems monitoring and alerting, and complex calculations.
  • Deliver software engineering solutions to lab operational issues of a highly technical nature.
  • Contribute strongly to software engineering standards, documentation, tools, methods, and environments, delivering to fit a standardised approach to software engineering across the company.
  • Collaborate with the wider team to avoid a collection of point-solutions and instead create a unified and integrated software portfolio supporting the whole UK Biocentre business-as-usual operation.
  • Produce rapid and telling solutions for the Exec Management Team in response to requests for management information reports and dashboards.
  • Deliver reporting solutions in the form of web pages, dashboards and formatted reports for external laboratory customers.
  • Investigate and resolve data issues relating to occasional but sometimes urgent problems with laboratory test cases.
  • Monitor and maintain the high performance and reliability of laboratory IT solutions.
  • Interact extensively with clinical LIMS administrators, senior lab operatives, and the lab management team, exploiting software opportunities to improve our end-to-end laboratory workflow and enhance standard operating procedures.
  • Collaborate closely with the IT Infrastructure team to deliver solutions on well-architected and secure platforms and network configurations.

Essential Qualifications and Experience :


  • Undergraduate degree in IT or computer science
  • 3+ years of demonstrated software engineering, automation and reporting experience with scripting languages such as Python and R
  • 2+ years of experience programming ERP applications
  • 2+ years of experience developing systems for biological applications
  • Sound software configuration management, software testing discipline, and development governance, as well as pure development Essential Technical Skills
  • Relational database design and usage, including complex SQL coding and performance
  • Python data manipulation libraries (numpy, pandas, pyodbc) and GUI development (kivy, tkinter, PyQt5)
  • Using Python to manipulate flat files (JSON, XML, CSV) and interface with databases
  • Delivery of dashboard/reporting solutions using PowerBI
  • Development on a Linux platform
  • Git software management tools Desirable Experience
  • Relational database design and usage, specifically in Postgre
  • Instrument or robotic integration experience
  • Experience of the bioscience sector would be beneficial, particularly working with laboratory information management systems (LIMS).
  • Basic Linux systems administration at the command line, including editors and file management



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*For a confidential discussion and more detailed job description please call Tony on 0203 750 0575.

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