An example of a job that computer scientists might do (at Public Health England)

As an example of ‘jobs people with a background in computer science might do’ here’s one from Public Health England. They’re looking for someone wha degree in Computer Science or equivalent qualification with web development skills. The project – e-Bug – is a schools’ outreach project to inform people about microbes, antibiotics and infectious diseases. Always wash your hands :)

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

Public Health England
Web Developer (e-Bug)

Job Reference: 919-MP-8101122-EXT
Employer:     Public Health England
Department:     Operations Specialist Microbiology Services
Location:     Gloucester
Salary:     £26,717 – £33,816 per annum
Closing Date:  29/07/2015

“The Primary Care Unit undertakes community-based research in the areas of antibiotic resistance and the management of infectious disease. A web designer is required to support e-Bug, a pan-European educational resource for junior and senior schools covering microbes, antibiotic resistance and spread of infection.

The e-bug Website Developer will take responsibility for the continuous delivery, development and support of the e-Bug Content Management System and Flash websites.

They will add translated sub-sites to the existing site and new Flash websites aimed at schools.

The postholder will also be responsible for delivering support, training and project documentation for all website contributors.

The postholder will be experienced in client-side web development with an excellent understanding of HTML, CSS and XML. A good understanding of database management (SQL Server 2005) and web accessibility guidelines would also be beneficial. Microsoft server side development experience would be highly desirable, in particular VB.NET along with Visual Studio 2005. Experience of using Adobe Flash would be of benefit but not essential. A high level of attention to detail is required in ensuring that sites in various languages are correct as changes will need to be applied from supplied translated content.

In addition they will contribute to research of web-related technologies for the development of the e-Bug and PHE websites, and will provide support and guidance to users in applications and other technical developments.

The successful candidate will have a BSc in Computer Science or equivalent, web development experience and through understanding of use or development of Content Management Systems.”

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.


What’s happening at Teaching London Computing this week? – free workshop, job vacancy closing

1. Free workshop – Monday 3 March 2014
Prof Paul Curzon will be running the third in his four-part series of FREE workshops for computing teachers in London. The talk starts at 5.30pm, at Queen Mary University of London (nearest tubes Stepney Green and Mile End, or 25 and 205 buses).

Programming unplugged: learning programming without computers is an inspiring free unplugged session on introducing computing concepts into the classroom.

“It’s easy to assume that programming is something you have to learn at a computer but if you want your students to deeply understand programming concepts, rather than blindly getting programs to work then unplugged techniques can work really well to get students started. We will see how to program a robot face that is made of students, look at a simple way to give a deep understanding of how variables work by making them physical, and see how to compile programs onto your class instead of onto a computer.”

Paul’s next workshop, on Computational Thinking: it’s about people too, will be the last in this series, though the talks will be repeated. Free tickets for the event, on Monday 17 March 2014, are now available if you want to book a place.

2. Job vacancy closing – Tuesday 4 March 2014
We’re looking for a research assistant / postdoctoral research assistant to help us develop our teaching support resources and evaluate them. The job is based at Queen Mary University of London (Mile End campus).

3. Looking ahead to April – a new short CPD course
We’ll be running another CPD course for London computing teachers, at King’s College London. “Computing CPD GCSE one week Easter 2014” runs from Monday 7 to Friday 11 April 2014 and tickets are available from King’s website. They cost £150 for London teachers (who are eligible for a 50% discount thanks to our funding) and cost £300 for non-London teachers, if space is available.


Head of Curriculum wanted by @CodeClub (closing 10 March 2014)

Code Club is after a Head of Curriculum. They’re based in London (Old Street) but are happy for remote workers to apply. They’re looking for someone with experience of designing and writing learning materials for children, with experience of Scratch and Python in addition to HTML and CSS.

Salary is £35-45k depending on experience, applications close on Monday 10 March 2014. More details at Code Club’s Head of Curriculum vacancy page.

Other jobs
We also have a job vacancy – we’re looking for Research / Postdoc Research Assistant for the Confidently Teaching Secondary Computing (“Teaching London Computing“) project (£31-34k, closing 4 March 2014), based in London.



We’re hiring! Research / Postdoc Research Assistant needed for Teaching London Computing £31-34k, closing 4 March 2014

The Teaching London Computing project has a vacancy for a research assistant / post-doctoral research assistant. The post will be based in Queen Mary University of London. Information, including a copy of the job description, and how to apply can be found below – applications close on 4 March 2014.

Ref    QMUL3124
Region    London
Main Site    Mile End
QMUL Faculty    Science & Engineering
Dept     EECS (School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science)
Full Time / Part Time    Full Time

Job Advert
QMUL@School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Research Assistant / Postdoctoral Research Assistant

The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Research Assistant as part of the ‘Confidently Teaching Secondary Computing’ project ( It aims to support London’s computing/ICT teachers by providing resources and courses and evaluating their effectiveness. Supervised by Prof Paul Curzon and Dr William Marsh, the successful candidate will undertake computer science education research in the context of school computing. This involves helping organise courses, the creation and distribution of resources, evaluating their effectiveness, analysing the data collected and writing up the results.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate expertise indicating a capability in empirical research methods and outstanding experience working with multiple stakeholders and in a deadline-driven environment. The successful candidate is especially expected to have substantial experience of education or related project evaluation.  An excellent empirical research skill such as using interviews, surveys and focus groups is highly desirable.

The post is full time for 18 months (depending on the start date), starting as soon as possible. The starting salary will be in the range of £31,113 – £34,626 per annum inclusive of London allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave pro rata, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof.  Paul Curzon at

Details about the School can be found at

To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on and search with Vacancy Reference Number QMUL3124. Click on the job listing (appears as PDRA (FTC) TLC Project **Paul Curzon) then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the ‘Apply for this job’ link.

A copy of the job description can also be found here:  Teaching London Computing – RA PDRA February 2014

The closing date for applications is 4 March 2014

Interviews are expected to be held soon after the closing date.