Bioinformatics Software Developers

McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Center
Montreal, QC
Job Description: 

The next frontier in human genomics explores its tissue specific function and the impact of the environment on the genome. The Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium (CEEHRC) has awarded McGill University five year funding (2012-2017) to establish one of two National Epigenomic Mapping Centres (EMCs) as well as an Epigenomic Data Coordination Centre (EDCC), which will operate under the principles of the International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC). These Epigenomic Centres are housed in the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre (Montreal, Canada), a world-class research facility for genomics and bioinformatics located on McGill University’s main campus. The facility holds a number of high-throughput sequencing technology platforms, automated laboratory processes, and large-scale computing supporting an array of genome-wide epigenome mapping techniques (including MethylC-seq, ChIP-seq, RNA-seq).

We are seeking a number of highly motivated and team-oriented individuals with good organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills to join the EMC and EDCC teams to tackle challenges in next-generation epigenomics within a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment.

Start-date: immediate. Duration: up to 5 years.

Create web-interfaces and software for a portal that will be developed as part of the EDCC. Data and meta-data from the CEEHRC initiative will flow into this portal, which will provide summary reports and tools for data visualization, distribution and advanced analysis. This portal will be build from two existing software resources, NANUQ and CBRAIN, which will be adapted for the CEEHRC initiative to facilitate access to epigenomics resources produced by the consortium.

Duties/Responsibilities: Assisting in the design of repository software, protocols and web interfaces for the Epigenomics portal, working independently to implement and maintain bioinformatics software and repository, liaising with developers involved in other aspects of the project (LIMS, pipeline software) to achieve interoperability between modules.

Qualifications: BA or higher degree in computer science, software engineering or bioinformatics. Proficiency in Perl and Java. Demonstrated experience in web architecture and open source frameworks (Wicket Spring, WEB Services, Tomcat, Maven, Struts). Experience with relational database programming, including SQL, Hibernate, Ibatis, MySql). Familiarity with bioinformatics software tools is necessary.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their qualifications and their interest in these positions, a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information for three individuals who could provide letters of recommendation. Applications and any inquiries should be sent to