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.

By joining the GSC you 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.

Summary

Job Reference No: RP POG_R00008_2021_03_16

Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Science Centre of BC Cancer is looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated Research Programmer to work on a federated genome data sharing project based on the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health framework. The position is within Dr. Steven Jones’ group, therefore the successful candidate will have the opportunity to get insights on Personalized OncoGenomics (POG) program and other precision medicine initiatives. This requires a combination of interest in DNA technology and a strong background in software development.

Eligibility

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in computer science, software engineering or any quantitative science field related to genomics or cancer biology.
  • Experience in front and/or back end development as well as solid programming skills in Python is a must.
  • Experience with Flask and Javascript or other web framework would be particularly useful.
  • Basic understanding of DNA technology or previous work experience with genetic data is a plus, but not required for the position.
  • The position requires working with a wide variety of researchers, software developers and clinicians, thus excellent communication skills are essential.

Apply

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names of three referees willing to provide letters of reference. The cover letter should include a brief description of your previous research experience and long-term career goals. Please email your application to bcgscjobs@bcgsc.ca.

Important!

We believe that 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.

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

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the position would require working remotely on a part-time temporary basis. This restriction would be re-evaluated upon re-contracting.

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