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Old 07-08-2014, 09:38 AM   #1
Location: Downtown Toronto

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Position: Software Developer
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Informatics & Bio-computing
Reports To: Associate Director – Bioinformatics Software Development
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 hours/week
Status: Full-time, Permanent
Vacancies: 2 positions

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is looking for a Java Software Developer to contribute to the technical development of a world-class software platform in cancer genomics. As a successful candidate, you will join the OICR Bioinfomatic Software Development team to deliver an ambitious roadmap, building the new National Cancer Institute’s Genomics Data Commons Portal, and enhancing the existing International Cancer Genome Consortium Data Portal ( These two high-profile data portals will provide the research community with advanced and innovative computational tools to access, mine, and visualize the largest cancer genomic datasets produced by DNA sequencing centers worldwide.

Our software infrastructure is built upon distributed and scalable frameworks such as Hadoop, Cascading, HBase, Elasticsearch and MongoDB. Our RESTful web applications are based on AngularJS, D3.js and other popular open source JavaScript libraries. Our development/deployment environment is using Maven, Jenkins, Artifactory, OpenStack and Ansible. The current ICGC infrastructure consists on a cluster of 101 nodes of 64 to 128 GB of RAM and 3-12 TB of local storage.

• Contribute in software programming and quality control
• Participate in the design of the ICGC software infrastructure
• Participate in writing technical documentation
• Participate in big data processing required for releasing periodically ICGC cancer data to the scientific community
• Interact with the scientific team, users and collaborators to understand their needs and discuss implementation solutions.

• University degree in computer sciences, software engineering or equivalent
• Minimum of 5 years professional experience in software development
• Strong expertise in OOA/D, Java and related libraries
• Experience developing and maintaining multi-module Maven projects
• Strong expertise in web development working with MVC architectures and interactive, JavaScript-based, dynamic applications in a production environment
• Deep understanding and working experience in web service architectures (RESTful, XML, JSON)
• Strong expertise in database programing including both SQL and NoSQL databases such as HBase, ElasticSearch, Hive and MongoDB
• Experience using distributed frameworks such as Hadoop / YARN, Cascading, Pig, Hive
• Experience in writing unit and integration using JUnit and Mockito
• Experience profiling and benchmarking applications using jhat, JVisualVM, Caliper, etc.
• Desire to contribute to all parts of the development process
• Desire to work in a high-level scientific environment and in bioinformatics
• Knowledge of bioinformatics is an asset but not essential.

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 Economic Development and Innovation.

For more information about OICR, please visit the website at

POSTED DATE: July 7, 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. Candidates will be expected to provide their current employer as a reference.

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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