Test Engineer, Life Science

No agencies please

Cambridge, CB4 0WG, United Kingdom


The Test team at Linguamatics is looking for someone with knowledge of biology, genomics, bioinformatics, or related areas to join us in our work testing Linguamatics' world-class natural language processing software for life science and healthcare applications, and the resources that we develop alongside it.

Are you that person? You might be a commercial scientist looking to change your career focus to developing tools for scientists; you might be an academic researcher who wants to apply their skills in industry; you might be straight out of university with a desire to work in a company that’s making the world a better place; you might be a seasoned tester with experience in those specialised domains; or you might be something else completely. We're open to anyone with the skills, knowledge, and attitude that we're looking for.

In our team we strive to provide relevant information to stakeholders and we're flexible about how we do it. We are prepared to use exploratory testing, checklists, test scripts, tools, automation, and whatever else we think will give the result the business needs. We use and we eagerly solicit peer review, we’re open to new ideas, and we perform regular retrospectives to help us improve ourselves and our work.

Linguamatics is active in the local testing community, regularly hosting meetups and Lean Coffee. Testers on our team often attend those events, testing workshops and conferences. We also have regular in-house training in testing and other skills.

Our company respects what we do, and we’re a core part of our company’s work and culture. Testers are often to be seen at brown bag lunches, entering the weekly caption contest, or writing for the company newsletter, Indefinite Articles.

If you get the job you will be expected to

  • take responsibility for your work
  • apply intelligence and judgement at all times
  • be able to justify your position and be prepared to discuss alternatives
  • look for ways to improve yourself, your work, the team and the company

You will have most or all of the following attributes

  • detailed knowledge of some areas of life sciences, bioinformatics, genomics, …
  • good general knowledge of the domain as a whole
  • experience with the scientific method
  • a demonstrable interest in software development or technology
  • programming or scripting experience
  • familiarity with ontologies and data sources such as PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov, …
  • great communication skills, both written and spoken
  • analytical skills
  • a questioning mind
  • high intelligence
  • flexibility, adaptability
  • pragmatism
  • creative thinking
  • strong initiative
  • desire to self-learn
  • desire to share

It'd be good if you had background in or knowledge of some of these

  • natural language processing
  • text mining
  • data analysis and presentation
  • software development
  • technical or customer support

And what you'll get from us is

  • great colleagues with outstanding team spirit
  • interesting, challenging and varied work
  • encouragement to test the way that best suits the task at hand
  • a team that's open to change and continuous improvement
  • a company that's growing fast
  • a company that cares about its employees and their careers
  • the opportunity to make a difference

Please note that this role is solely office based in Cambridge, UK. We are unable to accept applications for remote working.

Before applying for this position, please read our privacy notice for job applicants which explains how we process your personal data when you apply for a job and how we comply with our legal obligations to you under GDPR: www.linguamatics.com/privacy-notice

Please note that successful applicants will be required to have a disclosure check.

This is a challenging and exciting position in a rapidly growing company with headquarters in the UK and an expanding presence in the US. If you think you have the right skills and experience, and are ready to make an outstanding contribution to the success of our business, please send your CV with a covering letter by email to:

Heather Stewart, Linguamatics (www.linguamatics.com)

Email: ukjobs@linguamatics.com