Ontario Institute for Cancer Research



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Position:                      Research Associate II – Outreach Coordinator
Location:                     MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department:                Computational Biology

Reports To:                 Project Manager, Reactome
Salary:                         Commensurate with level of experience
Hours:                          Flexible (Full-time or Part-time options up to 35 hours/week)
Job Type:                    Hybrid or Remote
Status:                         Full-time Permanent or Renewable Contract

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to act as Outreach Coordinator for the Reactome project.

Reactome ( is an open access and open-source curated database of human biomolecular pathways. Pathways are assembled from the published literature by Masters- and PhD-level scientists and integrated into powerful bioinformatics analysis tools on the Reactome website. Our interdisciplinary and international team comprises biologists, software engineers, and user interface designers. 

As Reactome Outreach Coordinator, you will lead our community outreach activities, strengthening existing collaborations and developing initiatives to foster new ones. Working with the software and curatorial teams, you will coordinate Reactome communications, including conference presentations, workshops, scientific and lay papers, and social media. You will develop education and training materials for in person and online learning and will contribute to the documentation on the Reactome web site.



Your responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining a calendar of outreach activities, including community events, workshops, appearances and other communication opportunities
  • Planning and delivering training workshops on Reactome tools and application programmer interfaces (APIs) and using these in next generation sequencing analysis. This responsibility will involve multiple public presentations per year as well as international travel
  • Promotion of Reactome and communication of Reactome news through social media channels like Twitter and Facebook
  • Creating and maintaining documentation and e-learning materials on our advanced tools and APIs, and their application in bioinformatic analysis
  • Direct support of user queries via email and tracker on using our APIs and advanced tools
  • Direct interaction with our development teams to fix bugs identified by users and find solutions to user problems
  • Supporting usability testing of tools and APIs

Required Qualifications:

We are seeking a self-reliant, resourceful team player comfortable with multitasking who is open to cooperation and collaboration both within our group and in the larger bioinformatics community.

  • You have a Master’s Degree, or equivalent experience, in life sciences, preferably in bioinformatics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cancer research or a related field
  • In addition to your academic training, you have at least 2 years of relevant job experience related to bioinformatics, pathway databases, analysis of biological data sets or similar. Knowledge of cancer genomics is helpful but not required
  • Significant experience in teaching, training, public outreach, online help and/or event planning events is essential
  • You should be comfortable speaking persuasively to large audiences as well as conducting teaching and tutorials in small group settings, both online and in person
  • You have excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal, to facilitate effective communications with other team members and to communicate with external collaborators and users
Additional Information:

Working hours can be negotiated to fit the needs of the applicant and the project. A part-time renewable contract or full-time permanent position can be considered, or a Professional Services Agreement for those candidates out of province.

New employees who may be required to work at OICR offices are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 subject to the duty to accommodate on the basis of protected grounds pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.  

Fully vaccinated is defined as having received all of the required doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine and having received the final dose at least 14 days before your employment start date. 

As described above, the requirement to be fully vaccinated is subject to the Ontario Human Rights Code. If the candidate is unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for a reason protected by the Code, requests for accommodation from the vaccine policy will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.  

To learn more about working at OICR, visit our career page.

OICR is a collaborative, not-for-profit research institute accelerating the development of new cancer research discoveries for patients around the world while maximizing the economic benefit of this research for the people of Ontario. We are dedicated professionals who bring expertise to each of our roles. We are looking for individuals who share our values of excellence, innovation, collaboration, impact, responsibility and community.

Launched in December 2005, OICR is an independent institute funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

For more information about OICR, please visit the website at

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

OICR is committed to fostering a climate of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. This commitment is central to, and mutually supportive of, our research excellence mandate. We welcome and respect the diversity of all members of our community and we support an inclusive culture for all. We welcome all applicants, and encourage applications from racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S persons, and others who may contribute to furthering a diversity of ideas within our community. OICR is committed to fair assessment of a candidate’s abilities, and consideration for diversity of thought, method, and experience. Providing an accessible workplace and recruitment process is important to us, as described in our Accessibility Plan (  Should you require accommodation during any stage in the recruitment process, please complete the form at the bottom of page received related to accommodation will be handled confidentially.  

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research thanks all applicants. However, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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