Cloud Computing Bioinformatics Programmer
- Simon Fraser University
- Greater Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Cloud Computing Bioinformatics Programmer
Are you interested in developing software to enable real-time disease surveillance and outbreak investigations, and playing a critical role in a national and international collaboration involving academic researchers, industrial partners and provincial and federal laboratories? The Hsiao Laboratory (https://pathology.ubc.ca/faculty/william-hsiao/) at BC Centre for Disease Control Public Health Laboratory (academic affiliations with University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University) has an immediate opening for a scientific programmer position that will focus on using Cloud Computing Technologies to combat infectious diseases. The successful candidates will have close interaction with other researchers and scientific programmers in the IRIDA project (http://www.irida.ca/) - a Canada-wide collaboration with international partners to develop bioinformatics resources for genomic epidemiology. The candidate will also work with public health professionals (our end users and stakeholders) to ensure the tools we develop can directly benefit health-care research and operations.
The job candidate will work independently and collaboratively and report to the Principal Investigator or designate. The primary work location will be Simon Fraser University located in Greater Vancouver. Simon Fraser University is surrounded by wonderful greenspace on the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area approximately 5 km from the edge of the city of Vancouver (and a three-hour drive north of Seattle, Washington, in the U.S.). SFU has been consistently ranked by respected national surveys, such as Maclean’s, as one of Canada’s top three comprehensive universities for over 20 years. The candidate will also work part-time at BCCDC Public Health Laboratory. The candidate will interact with other Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) workers located at BCCDC and will be expected to observe both the UBC and PHSA policies and rules of conducts when working on-site at BCCDC. The Candidate will work on the following areas:
- Design and develop a cloud-based solution for the IRIDA platform
- Develop cloud and semantic web enabled applications as part of the core IRIDA development team
- Design and implement new genomic epidemiology analysis pipelines using the IRIDA framework
- Package the analysis pipelines using container technologies
- Design and implement novel algorithms for microbial genomics and metagenomics analysis
- Setup bioinformatics software and other software packages needed for the project
- Participate in scientific discussions and presentations
- BSc or MSc in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, computer engineering, or relevant experience or certification.
- Documented experience with software development
- Experience in working with complex samples a benefit, as is experience working with a multidisciplinary team.
- Experience in designing and building robust computational pipelines in a Unix-like environment
- Familiarity with molecular biology or genomics, and experience using the Illumina and Oxford Nanopore sequence platform and the associated computational analysis tools for assembly and annotation.
- Demonstrated open-source software development activities.
- Familiarity with cloud computing systems’ (Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform) and/or containerization technologies (Docker)
- Familiarity with semantic web technologies and ontology development preferred.
- Must have excellent communication skills and be fully fluent in spoken and written English.
- Must have strong self-motivation and be able to work in a multi-tasking and multi-disciplinary environment.
How to Apply
Please send your cover letter, CV and names of two referees to William Hsiao (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line: IRIDA_Dev1 We hire on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.