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Position: Software Engineer, Bioinformatics
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Informatics & Biocomputing
Reports To: Dr. Paul C. Boutros
Salary: Flexible based on experience
Hours: 35 Hrs/week
Status: Full-Time Contract, 1-3 years

The Role:
The Boutros Lab research team at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research is a global leader in cancer genomics. Our work helps to improve the treatment and care for thousands of cancer patients across the world. As one of the largest bioinformatics labs in Canada, our team utilizes a broad set of computational, mathematical and statistical skills to answer pressing questions in cancer research. Our work is regularly published in scientific journals such as Nature and Bioinformatics.

Software engineers at the Boutros Lab are passionate about applying their knowledge of software development and design to improve scientific research. Our engineers develop scalable and distributed software solutions that maximize utilization of our 8500 core computing cluster and address the challenges of storing and accessing the hundreds of terabytes of genomic data that our team generates and analyzes. Solving these types of problems requires talents in research, collaboration as well as technical leadership. Having a solid background in computer science will enable you to continually come up with new ideas and strong leadership skills will allow you to see your great ideas adopted by others.

* As a software engineer you will use your design, analysis and programming skills to create systems that improve code quality and boost productivity.
* Assist with adoption of professional level design practices

Preferred Qualifications:
* Bachelor's degree or greater training in Software Engineering (preferred) or Computer Science/Engineering
* Experience in systems software or algorithms.
* Excellent implementation skills (C++, Perl, Python).
* Knowledge of UNIX/Linux environments.
* Familiarity with distributed programming beneficial.
* Candidates with 1-3 years of hands-on experience (co-op included).

Nice to Have:
* Experience developing R code.
* Prior exposure to molecular biology, biochemistry, or bioinformatics.
* Experience with RDBMS systems (e.g. PostgreSQL)

About Us:
Located in the Discovery District of downtown Toronto, lab members have access to numerous international speaker series and conferences covering a wide range of medical research topics. In addition to the academic resources, the lab also regularly takes advantages of the many dining and entertainment assets that Toronto has to offer.

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: January 6, 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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