Senior Data Engineer

Lisa Thomson, on May 13, 2019

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 currently looking for a talented and commercially experienced Data Engineer to join our team.

To apply please send your CV and covering letter stating your current and expected salary and benefit expectations to marked for the attention of Lisa Thomson, Head of HR.

What you’ll deliver

As a Senior Data Engineer you will support our customers in automation to make their data more findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR data). Your technical and analytical skills will enable hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and universities to provide biomedical researchers access to the best data to their projects, while respecting patient privacy, consent and confidentiality.

As part of a multi-disciplinary agile team, you will apply and further develop your data engineering skills to design, 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, international customer and partner organisations.

As an experienced data engineer, we will be expecting you to take a lead in customer implementations and help us make use of cloud computing and machine learning.

What you’ll bring

Required technical skills

  • A versatile and experienced, problem solving data engineer with expertise in writing advanced SQL (we use PostgreSQL)
  • A track record of delivering data solutions to customers
  • Expertise in building and maintaining reliable data processing pipelines
  • Experience in at least one other programming languages for data engineering and data science (we use python, ruby and javascript)
  • Demonstrable ability to work with a variety of data infrastructure, including transactional and analytical databases and data APIs
  • Experience with version control software and task tracking tools (we use git and JIRA)
  • Experience adapting and designing data models
  • Evidence of testing and quality analysis of data integration solutions

Desirable skills

  • Experience in public cloud services (we deliver services on Azure)
  • Experience of FHIR healthcare APIs
  • Experience applying machine learning for data engineering tasks
  • Experience with a variety of structured data formats (CSV, JSON, XML, imaging)

The ideal candidate

  • Creative, enjoys problem solving, strong attention to detail
  • Ability to take initiative and lead multiple projects
  • Ability to support and train less experienced members of the team
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to present problems and solutions to customers – occasional travel to customer sites required
  • A desire to understand the business and where it’s heading
  • Desire to learn and develop new skillsets in the area of data science, working with statistical and machine learning (we use R, Shiny, Python)

What we offer in return

Aridhia is an entrepreneurial and ground-breaking company. We 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.

Our work can have long range impact on science and healthcare across multiple disease types. We currently support active programmes in rare diseases, Alzheimer’s Dementia, cancer genomics and dentistry. Joining our team, you can develop a wide range of transferable skills, working with some of the world’s leading research hospitals, universities and pharmaceutical companies.

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 three 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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