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Natural Language Processing Engineer - Biomedical

Location: Cambridge, UK

Salary: A competitive compensation package including share options, subject to experience

Start date: Immediate start preferred

Application deadline: 31st July 2016

Healx is an award­-winning startup using genomic data analysis and machine learning to find existing drugs that could treat rare diseases. There are over 7,000 rare diseases that affect an estimated 350 million people worldwide, most of which lack effective treatment. Healx is a social enterprise using drug repurposing to radically reduce the time to find novel treatments for rare diseases.

We are currently recruiting a software developer / bioinformatician with expertise in natural language processing and machine learning.

What you'll do

You'll be responsible for implementing and improving software to perform large scale biomedical text mining. Your work will be used in our internal drug repurposing pipelines and also tools we make available for use by the rare disease research community.

Your initial focus will be on identifying biological entities and relationships in text, incorporating appropriate machine learning techniques. You'll also work on algorithms to analyse the resulting knowledge graph for use in our drug repurposing analysis. You will investigate the application of cutting-edge technologies and be encouraged to keep up with current research in the field.

You'll join a small team of developers with existing experience in bioinformatics, cheminformatics, machine learning and software engineering. As an early employee in an ambitious, growing startup company you'll be able to make a significant contribution to our technical direction.

What we're looking for

We're looking for a talented developer who is able to use their existing experience in NLP to help solve problems that really matter.

The ideal candidate shall:

  • be educated to at least Master's level in computer science, bioinformatics or related discipline
  • have significant experience in natural language processing
  • have a solid understanding of machine learning approaches
  • ideally have experience applying NLP to biomedical text mining
  • have significant programming experience, ideally in Python
  • be flexible, proactive and be able to implement practical solutions rapidly

We're looking for someone who can work independently and contribute novel ideas to help improve our analysis.

About Healx

Healx is an award-winning Cambridge UK startup focussed on predictive drug repurposing for rare diseases. There are over 7,000 rare diseases that affect an estimated 350 million people worldwide, most of which lack effective treatment. Drug repurposing can radically reduce the time to develop treatments by finding existing drugs that can be used to treat another disease.

At Healx we combine in-depth drug repurposing expertise with biological data analysis, data mining and machine learning. As a social enterprise we work closely with patient groups and charities to find therapies for rare diseases that may not otherwise receive sufficient research investment.

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We can offer a competitive compensation package including share options. Immediate start preferred.


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