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Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at BC Cancer



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Research Programmer–Bioinformatics Databases

About the GSC

Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC)

Today’s Research. Tomorrow’s Medicine.

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.

The Research Programmer 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.

Job Reference No. RP_R00008_Bioinfo/Databases_2024_03_25


Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) is a state-of-the-art, large scale, high throughput, clinically accredited genomics and bioinformatics facility. We are currently looking for a Research Programmer to work on the Marathon of Hope Projects

The Research Programmer will work with the Development Support team to lead the activities on the web application development, API development, and database development to support LIMS requirements, invoicing, project summary statistics as well as applications to support the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network (MoHCCN). They will work with Project Leaders to ensure all scientific milestones are achieved and contribute to progress reporting as required. Opportunities may exist for further research on the genomic applications developed and for scholarly publication.​

The position is anchored within a team of exceptional scientists, computational biologists and programmers, which collaborate directly on improving genome sequencing technology, interpretation and application. By working within the MoHCCN program at the GSC, you will develop close relationships with world-renowned specialists in bioinformatics and 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.

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. Apply now!



  • Develop and maintain bioinformatic web applications and databases required by the MoHCCN project.
  • Assist with all aspects of the software development life-cycle, from requirements gathering to testing
  • Produce written documentation for end users of web applications
  • Present results of bioinformatics software testing internally and externally.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Proven expertise developing web applications and graphical user interfaces with languages such as Python and JavaScript (ReactJS is a plus)
  • Expertise developing and operating in a UNIX/Linux environment and writing shell scripts.
  • Functional knowledge of distributed version control systems, such as Git.
  • Experience with ticket tracking systems such as JIRA
  • Experience with wiki-based content management systems such as Confluence
  • Experience developing databases such as PostgreSQL or MySQL
  • Experience working with object relational mappers such as SQL Alchemy
  • Previous API development projects using Open API or Rest API is a plus.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills, and ability to efficiently manage time and workflow, including skillfully prioritizing both long-term projects and day-to-day responsibilities.
  • Ability for critical thinking and independent learning.


Additional Information:


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, which includes statutory benefits – Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance and WorkSafe BC plus the BC Cancer group benefits plan which includes medical & dental extended health, and group life insurance coverage, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: 

Regular Full-Time, 7.5 hrs. per day

Salary Range:

$65,884 – $94,709 p.a.

The starting salary for this position would be determined with consideration of the successful candidate’s relevant education and experience, and would be in alignment with the provincial compensation reference plan. 


Please submit a detailed cover letter and resume to bcgscjobs@bcgsc.ca, using RP_R00008_Bioinfo/Databases_2024_03_25 in the subject line of your email.

While we value and review all applications, please note that due to the volume of submissions only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. This posting will remain online until the position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.


As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

Please note all jobs at the GSC are based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Flexible work options may be available for this position upon request and is subject to change in accordance with GSC’s operational needs and PHSA’s Flexible Work Options Policy.

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.







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