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Research Associate - Toronto, Ontario

Position: Research Associate
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Informatics 
Reports To: Principal Investigator
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 Hrs/Week
Status: Full-Time, Contract (1 Year)

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research is looking for a research associate in bioinformatics to join the Dr. Ferretti’s lab. Our group has been involved in the analysis and development of computational methods for pathogen sequence identification and characterization in human cancer whole genomes and transcriptomes, sequence analysis using information theory, and taxonomic sequence classifications. The successful candidate will be expected to work on both the application and possibly further development of our analysis methods. The Ferretti’s lab is deeply involved in the data management and analysis of the large and complex datasets produced by the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC). One of our main goals is to extract meaningful information from the ICGC data that would help us better understand cancer. The position offers excellent scientific training opportunities in a highly stimulating and interdisciplinary environment involving close interactions between bioinformaticians, computational scientists, software developers, geneticists and basic scientists.

The responsibilities include:

  • Minimum 2 years of related experience required;
  • Participate in the computational analysis of large cancer datasets;
  • Automate data management and analysis processes of large datasets;
  • Responsible for researching, planning, implementing, and testing bioinformatics software tools that meet the analysis needs for specific projects;
  • Participate in the further development of the lab’s bioinformatics tools and pipelines;
  • Participate in the writing and the publication of research papers;

Required Qualifications:

  • Master or Ph.D. degree in bioinformatics, biostatistics, statistics, computer science or related disciplines with demonstrated experience in the skill set;
  • Advanced knowledge of bioinformatics tools and concepts;
  • Proficiency with Unix based scripting language (Perl, Python) required;
  • Advanced knowledge of Unix shell programming environment;
  • Must have excellent communications and interpersonal skills;
  • Knowledge of statistics and R desirable;

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, Innovation and Science.

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

POSTED DATE: May 11, 2017
CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

OICR is an inclusive employer dedicated to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates and will accommodate applicants’ needs throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the Recruiter to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated throughout this process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research thanks all applicants. However, only those under consideration will be contacted. Candidates will be expected to provide their current employer as a reference.

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