Program Administrator

McGill University
Montreal, QC, Canada
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Program Administrator

McGill Initiative in Computational Medicine (MiCM) was formed in 2017 and is composed of 12 Committee Members with expertise spanning across several departments such as Human Genetics, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Computer Science, Medicine, Mathematics, Physiology and Radiology. One of the main objectives of MiCM is to deliver inter-disciplinary research programs and empower the use of data in health research and health care delivery ( One of the ways this objective is realized is through the development and support of education programs in quantitative life sciences. Although, there are a number of existing training programs at McGill University relevant to computational medicine (Quantitative life Science Ph.D. program, Quantitative Biology and Medical Genetics for the World project), we plan to team up with the Canadian Center for Computational Genomics (, the Healthy Brains for Healthy lives NeuroHub and the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshop (CBW) series ( in order to provide additional resources to further enable these training opportunities. CBW began offering workshops in 1999 and has since become a valuable bioinformatics training resource in the community. CBW’s mission is to accelerate the use of bioinformatics and neuroinformatics as a tool in health and life sciences through education, networking, and outreach, and vision is to become a leader in bioinformatics education, networking, and outreach.

We are seeking a Program Administrator (MT0649) to organize and support the current workshops and engage in the development of additional training opportunities in the fields of bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, health informatics, and more broadly computational medicine. To accomplish this, the chosen candidate will interact closely with the Director of MiCM, the Scientific Director of CBW and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR).


Under the direct supervision of the Director of the MiCM and the Scientific Director of CBW, the incumbent will take a leadership role in the organization and support of the current workshops series as well as the development of new workshops to reflect the latest approaches being used in computational biology and medicine. This position also plays an active role in developing and leading a wide variety of awareness and educational activities within the McGill and broader community. The Program Administrator will interact with researchers across organizations to understand their research and translational objectives and collaborate with teams to lead the development of knowledge and research exchange activities. Additionally, the role also involves representing on an international stage and ensuring that it is globally relevant and competitive.

He/she will be responsible for the following:

● Develop current and new workshops, monitoring research needs for new training opportunities; ● Manage the logistics and delivery of workshop series (10 workshops in 2019) across Canada and at CSHL (NY); ● Support and develop new training opportunities of relevance to both the MiCM and CBW communities; ● Maintain and MiCM websites and brand as the top source for high-quality bioinformatics training materials, workshops, jobs, and resources in Canada. Oversee website upgrades working with a web development team; ● Oversee the social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit); ● Promote workshops within the McGill community and beyond ● Coordinate an annual educational board meeting for with key stakeholders from across Canada and the world, ensuring accountability and educational leadership; ● Actively participate in MiCM board meetings to give status updates; ● Manage the and MiCM training budgets; ● Seek and determine the fit of innovative learning and networking approaches to enhance the participant experience at workshops and build a bioinformatics community; ● Represent and ensure competitiveness in the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (GOBLET) and ISCB through participation in committees, working groups, and conferences; ● Provide education and training to various audience groups, such as advanced researchers who participate in the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops (CBW), the public at various outreach and scientific conference and events.


● Graduate in a life science-related or bioinformatics-related disciplines or equivalent experience is desired; ● Minimum of three (3) years of bioinformatics or computer knowledge and/or related experience; ● Project management experience is desirable; ● CIHR, Genome Canada and/or NSERC grant writing knowledge and experience; ● Proven ability to think and work independently, as well as within a team; ● Excellent written, organizational and communication skills; ● Proven ability in organizing workshops; ● Excellent computer skills, specifically in MacOS and Unix/Linux; ● The ability to install and troubleshoot the installation of packages on Windows, Mac and Linux computers an asset; ● Experience with navigating and using Amazon Web Services (AWS) and or academic cloud infrastructures also an asset; ● Excellent computer skills with spreadsheets, word processing and presentation packages; ● Experience with R/Rstudio an asset; ● Experience and knowledge of GitHub; ● Excellent financial management skills, budget forecasting and reporting skills; ● Demonstrated experience with event coordination; ● Demonstrated ability to prioritize and multitask to meet deadlines; ● English and French communication skills, spoken and written.

  • How to Apply

    To apply for this position please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the job reference number. The deadline to apply for this position is March 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

Additional Information

Department/Area: McGill initiative in Computational Medicine Reporting to: Director, McGill initiative in Computational Medicine Salary Range: $46,300 (min) $57,900 (mid) $69,500(max) Hours: 33.75 Contract Duration: 12 months.