Bioinformatics Programmer

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Bioinformatics Programmer

Date Posted: 10/05/2020
Req ID: 1151
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Medicine
Department: Donnelly Centre
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


About us:

Home to over 40 departments and institutes, the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine lies at the heart of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network and is a global leader in ground-breaking research and education, spanning clinical medicine, basic science and the rehabilitation sciences sectors.

Your opportunity:

The Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research is an interdisciplinary research institute where scientists make fundamental discoveries in biology to improve health. Our faculty, staff and trainees come from various fields of science and collaborate to develop and apply cutting-edge tools in genome research, regenerative medicine and computational biology, ultimately to gain new insights about how the human body works. Founded in 2005, the Centre is globally recognized as a leading biomedical research hub thanks to our researchers' landmark discoveries in genetics, stem cells and the molecular basis of disease, as well as state-of-the-art tools in analysis of large-scale datasets.

As Bioinformatics Programmer, you will work on OpenMS, a mature open source software project written in C++ in a dynamic research environment. You will contribute to a bioinformatic software used by analytical chemists and biologists all around the world, who rely on our visualization, data analysis and algorithms. Relying on your strong interpersonal and problem solving skills, you will collaborate with a passionate research group of students and postdoctoral fellows and contribute to our research on human disease.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Designing, testing, and modifying C++ programming code using Qt5
  • Interfacing existing C++ code with C# and Python
  • Creating visualization solutions tailored to scientific users
  • Deploying programming solutions on HPC and cloud platforms
  • Analyzing user needs and business processes to create programming solutions
  • Evaluating programming code to ensure it has validity, compatibility, and that it meets appropriate standards

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or acceptable combination of equivalent experience
  • Minimum three years of experience in programming web and online applications, including requirement analysis
  • Experience in open source development
  • Experience writing, developing, testing, and reviewing code
  • Experience in deployment on cloud platforms using container technology
  • Experience designing, developing and maintaining websites
  • Experience in user interface design, usability testing and database reporting
  • Experience analyzing user needs and business processes
  • Advanced proficiency with C++, C#, Python programming languages and QT Widgets module
  • Excellent communication (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with non-technical users
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent time management, prioritization, and multi-tasking skills
  • Ability to work well as team member in multi-professional environment
  • Ability and inclination to keep one’s technical skills up-to-date and relevant

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Communicator
  • Diligent
  • Problem solver
  • Procedural
  • Team player

This is a 1-year grant term position.

Closing Date: 10/19/2020, 11:59PM EDT
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Grant - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 09 -- $58,242 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $74,482. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Research Administration & Teaching
Recruiter: Aarthiga Sivakumar

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Posted: 10/6/2020
Application Due: 10/20/2020
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