Ontario Institute for Cancer Research



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Position: Software Developer III
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Genome Informatics
Reports To: Director, Genome Informatics and Principal Investigator
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 hours/week
Status: Full-time, Permanent


We are growing! With new projects and lots of exciting technologies, the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is looking for a passionate and talented Software Architect to join the Genome Informatics team to continue building cutting edge tools and infrastructures used by researchers around the globe to fight cancer.

Our open source applications handle vast amounts of data (2+ PB) and run on large compute environments. Designed and implemented by our in-house developers, we maintain a diverse set of tools and projects, from complex ETL systems to modern user interfaces. The Genome Informatics team has worked on a variety of projects including:

  • ICGC-DCC (githubapplication) – Our most mature and well known project is a submission system comprised of an ETL pipeline and data portal coordinating cancer research on 86 projects with participants from all over the world. With ICGC-ARGO ICGC is entering a new phase with an engaging and complex set of software engineering challenges ahead of us, such as providing researchers with access to 100’s of billions of genetic variants.
  • ICGC-ARGO (githubapplication) – The next generation and evolution of the original ICGC-DCC, this platform aims to uniformly analyze specimens from 100,000 donors with high quality clinical data in order to address outstanding questions that are vital to the quest to defeat cancer.
  • Cancer Genome Collaboratory (githubwebsite) – A compute and storage cloud operated by the team which is progressively enhanced with more tools to assist researchers running analysis pipelines.
  • VirusSeq Data Portal for COVID-19 (github,application) – The goal of the CanCOGeN VirusSeq project is to sequence up to 150,000 viral samples from Canadians testing positive for COVID-19 and make the sequences and associated non-personal contextual data available for research and exploration in an open-source and open-access data portal
  • Human Cancer Models Initiative (HCMI) Catalog (githubapplication) – A searchable catalog of cancer models.

As part of the Genome Informatics team, the successful candidate will be joining some of the above-mentioned projects, but also be contributing to (githubwebsite), our suite of open-source components for big data genomic science in the cloud.

We are looking for a passionate Software Developer/Architect to join our agile development team. In this role, you will serve as a technical guiding force for multiple ongoing projects as well as be responsible for spearheading and championing technical innovation. This would be an ideal position for a solid software developer who is looking to transition towards a software architect role.

New employees who may be required to work on-site 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.


The responsibilities include:

  • In collaboration with other software artchitects, you provide oversight and technical guidance on multiple concurrent projects, making critical decisions on all aspects of the team’s technical approach to any given deliverable
  • Spearhead greenfield architecture design for new products and services. Provide the team with technical blueprints that can be reviewed and followed for implementation
  • Support the coaching and training of team members to ensure all necessary team members are confident in the development of software services
  • Actively seek ways to improve software processes and interactions by always keeping abreast of the technical challenges the team is facing
  • Champion best practices and technical innovation
  • Engage in a highly collaborative, fast paced, fully agile development environment
  • Ability to learn and utilize new technologies and ramp up quickly while being as self-sufficient as possible in doing so


  • 4+ years of experience building complex applications in a professional setting utilizing agile methodologies
  • Able to confidently contribute to technical architecture discussions and help drive technical decisions within the team
  • Clear and concise communication and collaboration skills. Explaining complex technical concepts to designers, product owners and other developers comes easily to you.
  • Must have the following:
    • Experience building Microservices and distributed systems
    • Ability to utilize different Database Systems as needed SQL & NoSQL
    • Experience with containerized applications and platforms: Docker, Kubernetes/ECS/Swarm/OpenShift.
    • Good Software design and modeling skills: OOP, Design patterns, UML diagrams, DB schemas.
    • Experience with one or more Cloud Platforms (AWS, GCP, Azure, OpenStack)
    • Experience building Production level systems, focusing on: security, automated testing, monitoring, and performance.
  • Experience with all or some of the following technologies:
    • Java 8+: Spring, Spring Boot
    • JS, Express, Typescript/ES6
    • Elasticsearch / Solr
    • Event sourcing (Apache Kafka) and message queues (RabbitMQ)
    • GraphQL, Apollo Server
    • Build Systems: Maven,Gradle, npm
    • Continuous integration tools: Travis, Jenkins, GitLab, etc.
  • Experience or exposure with the following technologies is a plus:
    • Linux OS
    • Functional Programming Concepts (in any language)
    • Reactive Programming Concepts/Frameworks/Libraries (Spring Webflux/Reactor, RxJava, Bacon.js, etc)
  • Prior experience in genomics or health data
Additional Information:

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 Information 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.

Resume Format: If you elect to apply, you will need a text or HTML version of your resume so that you can cut and paste it into the application box provided. Before you submit the completed application, you will be asked to attach one or two files to your application. Please attach your resume as a .pdf or .doc file.


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