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Old 09-03-2014, 12:45 PM   #1
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Position: Software Engineer
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Informatics and Biocomputing
Reports To: Director of Informatics and Biocomputing
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 Hrs/week
Status: Permanent, Full-time

This position will assist a small, dedicated, and distributed team in designing and implementing a scalable architecture, data schema and web interface to a vast array of genetic, genomic and molecular biological data. Specifically, we are porting a legacy database system to a new platform, exploring various NoSQL, graph, and document options hosted on a commercial cloud system.

The responsibilities include:
- Assist in engineering a highly available, future-forward and scalable data management system and port legacy data to that system;
- Automate an existing software development pipeline using best practices for continuous integration and cloud deployment;
- Extend an existing data warehouse and mining platform with new data types and oversee scheduled builds of the warehouse.
- Participate with the web development team in addressing bug reports and feature requests;
- Assist the project manager with triaging and addressing issues and managing the production architecture;
- Develop new types of biological displays for genomic data.
- Help end users in data mining tasks and support desk problems
- Liaise with distributed team members to resolve data integration, distribution, and visualization issues
- Provide high quality documentation and reports throughout the course of employment.
- Work collaboratively with members of the OICR genome, bioinformatics and medicinal chemistry platform to identify and solve other data management and visualization issues.

- At minimum, completion of a bachelorís degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, or related experience and/or 1 year on-the-job training required
- At minimum over 1 year up to and including 2 years practical and related experience and/or 1 year on-the-job training required.
- Experience with all phases of software engineering and best practices, from development to deployment preferably using a continuous integration approach;
- Demonstrated ability to address data storage challenges using modern solutions such as NoSQL variants and graph databases hosted on AWS or similar cloud product;
- Fluency in the Perl programming language; familiarity with Java beneficial;
- Working knowledge of core web development such as CSS, Javascript, Ajax;
- Knowledge of effective use of distributed source code management.
- Working knowledge of modern molecular biology, although not specifically required, would be beneficial.

OICR is an innovative cancer research institute located in the MaRS Centre in the Discovery District in downtown Toronto. OICR is addressing significant challenges in cancer research with multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teams. New discoveries to prevent, detect and treat cancer will be moved from the bench to practical applications in patients. The OICR team is growing quickly. We are innovative, dedicated professionals who bring expertise to each of our roles. We are looking for individuals interested in being part of a culture of excellence that will result in Ontario being recognized internationally as a leading jurisdiction for cancer research.

Launched in December 2005, OICR is an independent institute funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Research and Innovation.

For more information about OICR, please visit the website at

POSTED DATE: August 20, 2014
CLOSING DATE: Posted until filled

Interested candidates can apply here:

OICR has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research thanks all applicants. However, only those under consideration will be contacted.

Resume Format: If you elect to apply, you will need a text or HTML version of your resume so that you can cut and paste it into the application box provided. Before you submit the completed application, you will be asked to attach one or two files to your application. Please attach your resume as a .doc file.
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