Technical Specialist (Software Developer)

Toronto, ON, Canada
Job Type:
  • Programmer/Developer (Temporary Full-Time (1 Year))
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Technical Specialist (Software Developer)

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Technical Specialist in our Bioinformatics and HPC Core team for the CanDIG Project (

Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.

In the current landscape of large-scale biological data, genomics has the ability to unravel the mysteries of various human disease. Access to this data remains a challenge. CanDIG’s initiative is to unlock genomic data and create a nationwide distributed network for easy access to researchers and clinicians while retaining privacy through each institute.

To accomplish this, we need software developers with a background in large scale data warehousing, analysis and distributed computing. We will be the data providers for several Canadian projects including the Precision Oncology for Young People ( and the Manathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network (

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.

University Health Network (UHN) is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. Research across UHN’s five research institutes spans the full spectrum of diseases and disciplines, including cancer, cardiovascular sciences, transplantation, neural and sensory sciences, musculoskeletal health, rehabilitation sciences, and community and population health.


• Develop a distributed infrastructure to serve genomic data from different projects • Build a next generation workflow system to process genomic and transcriptomic data • Develop a disk object store environment to house large scale genomic and transcriptomic data for easy file submission and data retrieval


• University degree in Computer Science/Engineering • 5 years development experience with Python 2.7 or 3 • 2 years experience with the Go programming language for backend development • Experience with REST API developing using Swagger/OpenAPI • Experience with SQL (e.g. MySQL, PostgreSQL) and noSQL (e.g. MongoDB, Redis) • Experience with frontend development using HTML, CSS and Javascript • Experience building container environments using Docker and Kubernetes for microservice architecture deployment • Experience with authentication and authorization using OAuth2 and OpenID Connect

Additional Information

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

POSTED DATE: November 28th, 2019 CLOSING DATE: Until filled

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN’s attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.