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Postdoctoral Fellow, Computational Cancer Biology - Toronto, Ontario

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Computational Cancer Biology
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Informatics & Biocomputing
Reports To: Dr. Paul Boutros
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 Hrs/week
Status: Full-time, Contract (2 years)

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking a post-doctoral fellow in Computational Cancer Biology to join the laboratory of Dr. Paul Boutros. This position involves the analysis of data from a very large ICGC project to study the genomes and transcriptomes of 500 prostate cancer patients. We have generated multiple independent genomic analyses, including RNA-seq and whole genome-sequencing (PacBio and Illumina Hi-Seq). Rich clinical annotation is also available on these samples, and the successful candidate will work in a collaborative team of biologists, computer scientists, and statisticians on the integrative analysis of all these datasets. Projects can include aspects of methods development, pre-processing and univariate statistical analyses, and integrative systems biology. Analysis of these data will be performed on cutting-edge IT infrastructure including a multi-petabyte storage system and a 6,500-core compute farm.

Specific projects can include development of feature-calling methods, techniques for univariate and multivariate biomarker discovery, and systems biology approaches to identify candidate driver genes. We are particularly interested in individuals with RNA-Seq expertise to aid in integration of paired DNA-Seq and RNA-Seq data.


  • PhD in computational biology, engineering, mathematics, computer sciences or any relevant field;
  • Experience with next-generation sequencing-data;
  • Understanding of and ability to extend de novo assembly and RNA-Seq analysis methods;
  • Statistical background, such as machine-learning, survival or Bayesian techniques;
  • Strong programming skills (C, R, Perl) in a linux environment;
  • Software engineering (Agile development, unit-testing, design patterns) is a major asset;
  • Experience with database-development is an asset;
  • Knowledge of sequence-analysis, particularly alignment and motif-discovery;
  • knowledge of molecular and/or cancer biology is a major asset, but not essential;
  • Team-player, interested in working in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment with biologists, computer scientists, statisticians, and clinicians;
  • Previous postdoctoral training in any of these fields is an asset, but not required.

OICR is an innovative cancer research institute located in the MaRS Centre in the Discovery District in downtown Toronto. OICR is addressing significant challenges in cancer research with multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teams. New discoveries to prevent, detect and treat cancer will be moved from the bench to practical applications in patients. The OICR team is growing quickly. We are innovative, dedicated professionals who bring expertise to each of our roles. We are looking for individuals interested in being part of a culture of excellence that will result in Ontario being recognized internationally as a leading jurisdiction for cancer research.

Launched in December 2005, OICR is an independent institute funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Research and Innovation.

For more information about OICR, please visit the website at www.oicr.on.ca.

RE-POSTED DATE: June 20, 2014
CLOSING DATE:  Posted until filled

OICR has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research thanks all applicants. However, only those under consideration will be contacted. 

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