Assistant Bioinformatics Coordinator

Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at BC Cancer
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Job Type:
  • Programmer/Developer
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Assistant Bioinformatics Coordinator

The ABC ensures that the day-to-day activities of a large scale, high throughput facility meet research, data analysis throughput and software development objectives. We seek candidates with strong coding experience in Python and/or Javascript, demonstrated expertise in development and management of large databases and web applications. The successful candidate will be responsible for the ongoing design as well as managing the implementation and maintenance of several large-scale full-stack development projects. These projects include several large-scale databases, which house genomic and clinical data from over ten thousand patients. They will be involved in several high-profile national data sharing efforts in which databases play a central role. Previous experience with Hadoop or other high-performance data solutions such as graph databases is highly desired.



  1. Assists the Bioinformatics Group Leader in the day to day activities of the Bioinformatics group by performing duties such as providing input on quantity and quality of work, making recommendations for improvements, workflow and procedures.

  2. Coordinates projects of the Bioinformatics group by performing duties such as chairing project-specific meetings and provides project status reports to the Bioinformatics Group Leader, with suggestions towards any required improvement of project management, task allocation and overall process.

  3. Develops and implements assays to monitor project progress and measure project accomplishments to ensure that appropriate project focus is maintained and to provide feedback to staff.

  4. Provides supervisory support to the Bioinformatics group by performing duties such as:

a. Orientating new staff. b. Providing input to the Bioinformatics Group Leader on training requirements. c. Providing input to the Production Coordinator on the establishment of clear definitions of responsibility for employees. d. Assigning workload assignments and establishing work schedules. e. Reviewing and establishing work priorities and adjusting work schedules to ensure priorities are met. f. Completing performance reviews and addressing performance issues in conjunction with the Bioinformatics Group Leader.

  1. Participates in the recruitment of staff through methods such as interviewing internal and external applicants and forwards hiring recommendations.
  2. Participates in the development and implementation of quality improvement programs to ensure services are provided in the most efficient and effective way by performing duties such as:

a. Monitoring quality and quantity of service and information provided by the bioinformatics group and identifying areas for change and/or improvement. b. Generating test metrics to evaluate progress of research programs.

  1. Participates in a variety of meetings by performing duties such as providing and/or receiving information and contributing to decision making.

  2. Participates, in conjunction with the Bioinformatics Group Leader, in determining the computer infrastructure necessary for successful completion of projects and ensured viability of research programs by performing duties such as providing input and recommendations regarding purchasing decisions related to hardware, software and related items for the Bioinformatics platform.

  3. Interprets statistical analyses and makes recommendations for review including preparing reports on statistical findings for publication and presentation.

  4. Conducts feasibility studies for computerization by performing duties such as determining user requirements, examining and identifying problems with existing systems and recommending modifications to and/or new systems; provides details of estimated implementation costs including associated staffing requirements.

  5. Performs technical functions related to the bioinformatic functions of the GSC.

  6. Performs other related duties as required.


Education, Training and Experience

• Graduation from a recognized Bachelor of Science Program in Computer Science or equivalent with significant computer science components. • A minimum of four (4) years of recent related experience including experience in computer programming and quantitative data analysis, handling biological sequence and/or mapping data, database development and database schemas or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience acceptable to the GSC Group Leaders.

Skills and Abilities

• Experience with computer operating systems such as Linux, UNIX. • Demonstrated ability to develop with software such as Python, Postgres, and Javascript (NodeJS) • Experience with REST API development • Familiarity with non-relational databases such as Hadoop or graph databases • Demonstrated ability to accept responsibility and work independently. • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others in a team environment. • Demonstrated ability to supervise staff and schedule work. • Excellent organizational, leadership interpersonal and communication skills. • Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.

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