Data Engineer

Lisa Thomson, on June 26, 2018

Do you have a passion for delivering exceptional customer products and services? Are you a solution and commercially-focused problem solver who enjoys taking ownership of challenges, developing your skills and operating in a fast-paced service delivery environment?

Aridhia provides a cloud-based platform for research hospitals to participate in collaborative biomedical research with universities and life sciences companies. Our customers work with patients and other research participants to create research-ready datasets and algorithms that drive the next generation of innovation in health.

High-quality data drives precision medicine and it must be organised, available and ready for machine learning and statistical analysis. Diverse data types including hospital patient records, clinical trial, genomic and medical imaging sources are combined and filtered for highly specialist research topics. The results of research are re-integrated to create learning healthcare systems.

We’re looking for a talented Data Engineer to join our team.

To apply for this position please send your CV and a covering letter to

What you’ll deliver

As a Data Engineer you will support our customers in automating the integration and use of datasets. Your technical and analytical skills will help academic medical centres in the UK and elsewhere provide research groups with the ability to find and access the best data for their projects, while respecting patient privacy, consent and confidentiality.

As part of a multidisciplinary agile team, you will apply data integration skills to develop, create and maintain data processing pipelines on time and at scale. You will be expected to participate fully in teams that will include members from multiple customer and partner organisations.

This role would suit a graduate or entry-level professional looking for a fantastic opportunity to develop their skills.

What you’ll bring

We’re looking for someone with the following technical skills

  • Proficiency with SQL programming (PostgreSQL preferred).
  • Programming and maintenance of data processing automation pipelines.
  • Knowledge of ELT best practices.
  • Strong data management skills and data storage principles.
  • Experience of diverse source data formats (e.g. CSV, JSON, XML, imaging, genomic, hierarchical and scientific data).
  • Evidence of testing and quality analysis of data integration solutions.
  • Version control using Git.
  • Basic statistical analysis and awareness of modern frameworks (e.g. R tidyverse, Python pandas).
  • Experience of data visualisation.
  • Experience of project work.

Additionally, you may have knowledge of, or interest in, some or all of the following:

  • Degree in a computer science or quantitative field, or relevant work experience.
  • Interest and/or experience in the healthcare or bioinformatics sectors.
  • Knowledge of de-identification and pseudonymisation techniques.
  • Strong data modelling, schema design.
  • Experience in multiple database platforms (SQL Server, Oracle etc).
  • Knowledge of NoSQL including graph data.
  • Experience with Electronic Patient Record systems.
  • Understanding of clinical trials and Good Clinical Practice (GCP).
  • Experience with XML/XSLT processing at scale.

What we offer in return

Aridhia is an entrepreneurial and ground-breaking company leading the way in bringing clinical research into the digital age. Today, academic, pharma and healthcare organisations across the world are using our AnalytiXagility services to make research more open, global and connected than ever before, with the aim of improving clinical practice and patient outcomes. Join us and you have the chance to change lives.

As a high-growth innovative business, we work with a cutting-edge technology stack and follow an agile working method with daily team stand-ups, progress boards, sprints, and show and tell sessions, to keep people informed and involved as projects evolve, and to share knowledge across teams.

In addition to competitive remuneration packages with opportunities to share in our commercial success, we offer the following benefits:

  • 35 days annual holiday entitlement, inclusive of four public holidays
  • Private healthcare for employees and their families
  • Death in Service scheme
  • Generous Company Pension scheme
  • Childcare Vouchers scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and sick pay benefits
  • Individually tailored induction and personal development plans
  • Opportunities for international travel


Lisa Thomson

Head of HR

Lisa has a range of HR experience gained in high-growth, Scottish technology companies including Wolfson Microelectronics, Axios Systems, and Sumerian Europe prior to working with Aridhia Informatics in 2010. Lisa is also Director for Scotland of Startup Grind, a networking organisation for entrepreneurs, and is a 2014/15 Saltire Fellow with Entrepreneurial Scotland. She has recently returned from a programme of accelerated MBA programme studies at Babson College in Boston USA and is Founder of Purpose, a niche HR/Management growth consultancy to early stage and investor backed businesses.

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