Bioinformatics Scientist

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Bioinformatics Scientist

A position with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the University of British Columbia is open immediately for a bioinformatics scientist to work with our interdisciplinary team of researchers and software developers within the Department of Molecular Oncology at BC Cancer Research, part of the Provincial Health Services Authority. The bioinformatics scientist will work closely with researchers in the department to further our research, ranging from long-term publication investigations to ad hoc one-off analysis and scripting. With high-level instructions, you will be finding and developing bioinformatics solutions for computational genomics problems. When appropriate, your solutions will be deployed in full production processes, and you will work closely with researchers and software developers to ensure the successful deployment of workflows, pipelines and analyses. You will be on-site in the Department of Molecular Oncology at BC Cancer, working closely with software developers, students and researchers operating at the leading edge of the field of cancer genomics. Our department has recently made meaningful advances in understanding of tumour evolution and the software platforms developed in the lab will be used by world-leading scientists at BC Cancer and international collaborators to gain insight into how cancers initiate, develop and acquire resistance to treatment.

More information on the department and research we conduct can be found here and


Organizational Status We are a small team of software developers and scientists embedded within a larger cancer research lab. You will be working students and researchers to tackle genomics problems, along with developers and bioinformaticians to develop high-throughput and automated analysis solutions. You will be reporting to the principle investigator or designate. Work Performed

Perform simple to complex bioinformatics analysis and requests independently Research and implement bioinformatics solution as requested Collaborate with developers to develop, test and automate bioinformatics solutions Collaborate with developers to distribute and maintain software packages Handle bioinformatics data retrieval, processing and dissemination requests Assist researchers in computational, statistical and visualization tasks for publication Supervision Received You will be reporting to the principle investigator or designate.

Supervision Given You will help advise and recommend best course of actions to other members of the lab on subjects pertaining to bioinformatics analysis and your field of expertise.

Consequence of Error/Judgement You will be receiving instructions from researchers, students and collaborators and will be responsible for the correctness of your work. Failure to perform may result in set back to research and operational activities, and reputational and financial loss in scientific and publication output.


Post-graduate degree in Statistics. Minimum of two years experience in research analysis or the equivalent combination of education and experience.