Computational Biologist—Software Development , Bioinformatics Analysis

Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC)
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Computational Biologist—Software Development , Bioinformatics Analysis

Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC)

Today’s Research. Tomorrow’s Medicine.

Job Reference No.: CBSD_P01066_HSA101465_2022_01_21

If you have a B.Sc. in Computer Science or Biological Sciences—and experience in bioinformatics—this is an opportunity to join our team of likeminded colleagues in a cutting-edge technology environment.

As a Computational Biologist, you will participate in developing, improving and maintaining bioinformatics tools for high-throughput processing pipelines. The Computational Biologist specifies, implements, tests and maintains bioinformatics computer applications and systems, and participates in code walk-throughs and design and review of bioinformatics software solutions. The successful candidate will also assist in the packaging and distribution of developed tools and analysis results to the scientific community, and will contribute to the preparation of scientific publications.

The position is anchored within a team of exceptional scientists, computational biologists and programmers, which collaborate directly on the development of robust, cost efficient and competitive processes for new targeted and precision medicine analytical pipelines. By working within the GSCs bioinformatics facility, you will develop close relationships with world-renown computational and genome science technologists, cancer researchers and medical scientists; have access to one of the most robust computational and next generation genome sequencing technology facilities in Canada, all while living in one of the most beautiful, diverse and eclectic cities in the world. Your work will help to save lives and contribute to a world free from the fear of cancer.

This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and significant career development opportunities.

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Duties and Responsibilities •Develop code using Python •Specify, implement, test and maintain bioinformatics pipelines and applications as assigned. •Assist with devising or modifying systems to solve complex problems associated with high throughput pipelines, considering computer equipment capacity and limitations, operating time and form of desired results. •Participate in code walk-throughs and reviews of the coded solutions to PEP8 standards. •Participate in the design and build of database and software solutions taking performance into consideration. •Coordinate production problem resolution for assigned applications, including working with other technical teams. •Evaluate third-party software and incorporates new systems into legacy systems. •Produce written documentation of algorithms, validations, SOPs, and other processes related to pipeline updates and procedures as required. •Present results of bioinformatics software testing internally and externally. •Perform literature searches, testing and validation of new data analysis software related to bioinformatics pipelines.


Qualifications •Graduation from a recognized Bachelor of Applied Science or Bachelor of Science Program in either Computer Science, Biological Sciences, or equivalent program. •Two (2) years of recent related experience in a bioinformatic setting or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience acceptable to the GSC Group Leaders. •Demonstrated expertise with Python or other similar high level languages for application in data analysis. •Demonstrated ability to program and run analysis in a high throughput bioinformatics production environment. •Functional knowledge of distributed version control systems, such as GIT. •Functional knowledge of Agile development and ticketing systems. •Demonstrated ability to work with bioinformatics workflow managers (e.g. Nextflow). •Excellent verbal and written communication skills. •Demonstrated ability to work in an Unix environment, including experience with shell scripting and common command-line tools. •Demonstrated ability to develop software as part of a team. •Demonstrated interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively with others in a team environment. •Demonstrated ability to efficiently organize work assignments and establish priorities.

  • How to Apply

    Application Please submit a detailed cover letter and resume to, using Job Reference No: CBSD_P01066_HSA101465_2022_01_21 in the subject line of your email. This posting will remain online until filled. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the position would require working remotely on a temporary basis. This restriction would be re-evaluated upon re-contracting. We believe that equity, diversity and inclusivity are essential for the advancement of human knowledge and science. We welcome all applicants and provide all employees with equal opportunity for advancement, regardless of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, conviction of a criminal or summary conviction offence unrelated to their employment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Additional Information

About the GSC

The GSC is a department of the BC Cancer Research Institute and a high-throughput genome sequencing facility. We are leaders in genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics in pursuit of novel treatment strategies for cancers and other diseases.

Among the world’s first genome centres to be established within a cancer clinic, for more than two decades our scientists and innovators have been designing and deploying cutting-edge technologies to benefit health and advance clinical research.

Among the GSC’s most significant accomplishments are the first publication to demonstrate the use of whole-genome sequencing to inform cancer treatment planning, the first published sequence of the SARS coronavirus genome and major contributions to the first physical map of the human genome as part of the Human Genome Project.

By joining the GSC you will become part of an exceptional and diverse team of scientists, clinicians, experts and professionals operating at the leading edge of clinical research. We look for people who share our core values—science, timeliness, respect—to join us on our mission to use genome science for the betterment of health and society.