An example of a job that people who code might do (at Cancer Research UK)

We often talk about coding as a skill that’s useful in a variety of jobs (as well as just being an enjoyable challenge in itself). Here’s an example of a recently posted job advert from Cancer Research UK – they’re looking for someone with a knowledge of coding. The job description is saved on this blog so you’ll be able to look at it even after the job advert has closed, for example if you want to use it in giving your students an idea of some of the jobs available, and skills wanted by employers.


Information Designer or Coder

Permanent link to job description: Role Profile – Information Designer

Are you a creative and analytical individual who can create infographics and interactive web content to communicate science and statistics?

We’re looking for a driven and self-starting Information Designer or Coder to…

  • Create infographics and data visualisation tools, working with our Senior Information Designer
  • Support our Statistical Information Team with the delivery of visual and interactive content for the web and production of downloadable materials
  • Contribute to new ways of presenting information for a wide range of audiences

Here at Cancer Research UK, we work to inspire volunteers, unite the scientific community, educate the public about cancer prevention and tell our story to the government to bring about change. Every day we achieve extraordinary things by being innovative, imaginative and bold in our work. Now we need an Information Designer to support the Statistical Information Team to present and communicate complex information about cancer to a variety of audiences in a smart and engaging way.

Join our collective force and help us lead the way through your…

  • Knowledge
    • of infographics and data visualisation
    • of interactive web development, design software and content management systems
    • of numbers and statistics
  • Experience (either in the work-place or during relevant qualification)
    • of graphic design, and/or front-end web development (HTML, CSS, SVG, JavaScript)
    • of assimilating, analysing and presenting information to a variety of audiences
  • Skills and Competencies
    • Good understanding of design for web, print and social media
    • Creative and visual thinker with a keen attention to detail
    • Able to understand, interpret and communicate science or statistics
    • Able to find a story or a message in complex information and bring it to life
    • Strong verbal communication skills, organisational skills, initiative and flexibility

Our passion, determination and ambition leads us to set ourselves more and more challenging targets, which means you’ll need to translate concepts and creative briefs into demonstrable solutions, to communicate complex ideas and processes visually. You’ll also provide suggestions, promote best practice and engage with a variety of teams.

Whether your background is primarily in design, science communication or web development, this is a growing area for us with enough flexibility for the right person to find their balance between these three skill sets. If this describes you, you can enjoy a great career with us as, together, we bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Closing Date: 18th May 2014
Interviews: 5th and 6th June 2014

Job details
Salary: £23,000 – £28,000 p.a + excellent benefits
Location: Angel Building
Contract: Permanent
Contracted Hours (per week): Full Time (35 hours)
Business Area: Health & Patient Information, PR & Communications, Web and Digital
Closing Date: 18/05/2014 23:55

Visit Cancer Research UK’s website to apply for this job.


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