Owlstone Medical: Graduate Python Developer

  • Closing date 31 Mar 2018

Owlstone Medical has developed a breathalyzer for the early detection of cancer, inflammatory and infectious disease. Our mission is to save 100,000 lives and $1.5B in healthcare costs. We are currently seeking a Graduate Python developer to join the Algorithms & Data Software Group, which is responsible for delivering diagnostic and detection algorithms for our projects.

You’ll become part of a diverse and welcoming team using data science to solve real problems. Our in-house knowledge of chemical sensing and detection is world class.  It’s a welcoming and highly collaborative workplace: sitting (or standing) side-by-side with colleagues from engineering, chemistry and clinical teams, you will have opportunities to try things out, succeeding or trying again in a supportive system.  We use python (3, mostly), jupyter, git, HipChat, Jira, Jenkins and a swathe of other tools to accommodate rapid, flexible and high-quality code development and exploratory analysis.

About the Job:

The role would involve developing and maintaining software tools used to manage the data critical to our projects, alongside experienced developers, data scientists & algorithm developers. Our technology stack is python-based, and uses open source tools and libraries including RabbitMQ, Redis, Celery, Flask, Django, Luigi, SQLAlchemy, Alembic and PostgreSQL. Test and documentation use pytest and sphinx.

The role can be based in our Cambridge or London offices.

About You:

For this position, we are looking for an enthusiastic, proactive graduate software developer with a strong understanding of software engineering fundamentals and good practice, a desire to produce high quality code, and an interest in working on data science tools.

You will be able to demonstrate:

  • A pythonic mindset with experience delivering projects in python
  • Experience with Git or other version control software
  • Familiarity with Linux
  • A drive to produce effective, well-documented, re-usable code
  • Great communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent attention to detail


Experience in any of the following will be an advantage:

  • Familiarity with DevOps tools such as Jenkins, Ansible, Vagrant and Docker
  • Some experience of web frameworks, ideally Django
  • An understanding of modern best practices in software development (e.g. test-driven development, continuous integration, code reviews)

Most importantly, we are looking for someone who wants to make a difference, can figure out what the right problem to tackle next is and gets stuff done.

About Owlstone:

Our vision is to change the way we currently diagnose and monitor serious disease; we aim to become the global leader in the non-invasive detection of cancer, infectious disease and inflammatory disease. The key is detecting diseases earlier, when treatments are more effective, where more lives can be saved. There is no better example than cancer, where if detected early the chances of survival can be as good at 95% but at late stage drop to about 5% – unfortunately there are still far too many people detected at late stage.

The Owlstone group also commercialises a range of highly innovative products based on its proprietary FAIMS chemical sensing technology in other markets including Scientific, Industrial Process Control, Military and Homeland Defence.

We offer a relaxed, friendly, flexible and international working environment with a great team-spirit. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary package that includes share options and your work will have a clear impact on people’s lives. If you want to experience the buzz of an expanding company set to succeed on a global scale, Owlstone may be the place for you.


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