Simon Fraser University



, British Columbia


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Job Title: Scientific programmer – docker + django server and website development
Start Date: January 3, 2023
Job End Date: 1-year renewable pending on funding and performance
Salary: commensurate with experience

Are you interested in taking part in international collaborations to improve human health and
well-being using data and information sciences? The Centre for Infectious Disease Genomics
and One Health, led by Dr. William Hsiao and located at Simon Fraser University
(, develops innovative solutions spanning the entire knowledge generation
spectrum from data generation, processing, management, analysis, to knowledge
representation and discovery. We combine bioinformatics techniques (sequence analyses and
workflow development) with semantic web technologies (knowledge graphs, ontology, RDF) to
support better One Health-oriented data harmonization and sharing solutions.


Currently, we are developing a number of online resources and analytic pipelines for both food
and nutrition applications as well as infectious disease surveillance and outbreak investigations
using genomics data (genomic epidemiology). We are seeking a software developer to
contribute to the application development to support a number of projects, ranging from text
mining and ontology mapping applications to data validation and visualization systems to
increase data interoperability between agencies. The position will provide experience in a new
era of software development focused on the standardization of data elements and structures using
semantic web technology such as Web Ontology Language (OWL) ontology, the
suite of ontologies, and SPARQL querying. The position involves familiarity with setting up
Docker server environments and front-end website development with a focus on quality user
experience, and an additional AJAX style “microservices” data request architecture to provide
fast and low-complexity dynamic website content. The successful candidate, as part of a
research group, will participate in scientific conferences, presentations, and publications.
The primary work location will be Simon Fraser University Burnaby Campus located in Greater
Vancouver. Simon Fraser University is surrounded by wonderful green space on the Burnaby
Mountain Conservation Area. SFU has been consistently ranked as Canada’s top comprehensive
university (Maclean’s ranking no. 1 for 13 of the last 14 years).


● 3+ years of working experience in linux application server environment
● Bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science, or a related computational field
● Linux (e.g. Ubuntu, CentOS) and Apache or NGINX server familiarity
● Web development experience in setting up interactive websites with user authentication
in for example Django or WordPress
● Python, Javascript, Jquery, JSON, CSS, and HTML5 proficiency
● Coded apps in a web layout framework like Ant or Google Material Design Lite
● Postgresql or MySQL database installation and querying experience


Other Considerations (experience considered an asset):
● XML and RDF namespace familiarity
● ontology family familiarity
● OWL 2.0 ontology curation and Stanford Protégé editor familiarity
● Triplestore database (e.g. BlazeGraph, GraphDB, Sesame) setup and SPARQL querying
● Node.js or Clojure application development, including form and field validation
● First-order logic training and experience working with reasoning software

Additional Information:

Please send your cover letter, CV, and names of two referees to Dr. William Hsiao
( with the subject line: Position-Onto-2023. We thank all applicants and
regret that only those selected for an interview may be contacted further.
We hire on the basis of merit and are committed to employment equity. All qualified persons
are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority
groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual
orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage
productively with diverse communities. In accordance with immigration requirements,
preference will be given to Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, and permanent residents of
Canada. We are committed to providing employees with a positive working environment
supporting growth and flexibility. Simon Fraser is located in a beautiful conservation area in
metro Vancouver with access to a wide range of recreational opportunities. Contact us to learn


Bachelor's or master's degree in computer science

or a related computational field

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