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DevOps, Genome Informatics - Toronto, Ontario

Position: DevOps, Genome Informatics
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Genome Informatics
Reports To: Director, Genome Informatics
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, our team is looking for passionate and talented DevOps to facilitate the deployment and operation of cutting edge tools and infrastructures used by cancer 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.

ICGC-DCC (https://github.com/icgc-dcc), our most mature and well known project, is a submission system, ETL pipeline and data portal coordinating cancer research on 89 projects with participants from all over the world. We are also building the front-end and some of the API for NCI Genomic Data Commons (https://github.com/NCI-GDC), a US-based unified data repository that enables data sharing across cancer genomic studies. Our team also operates the Cancer Genome Collaboratory (https://github.com/CancerCollaboratory), a compute and storage cloud which we progressively enhance with more tools to assist researchers running analysis pipelines. Kids First (https://github.com/kids-first/), a project aiming at facilitating collaboration on the research of childhood cancer and structural birth defects. Human Cancer Model Initiative - HCMI (https://ocg.cancer.gov/programs/HCMI), our most recent data portal project for the NIH. The team will keep growing in 2018, with more projects expected to join our portfolio.

We are looking for a passionate candidate to jump right into hands-on DevOps engineering, working jointly with our Agile development team to create (and run) solutions facilitating project operation. You will be the first DevOps to join the team, therefore need a strong level of autonomy and understanding of your domain of expertise. If you feel comfortable with the technologies mentioned below, please get in touch and tell us about yourself!


• Design and implement solutions for deployment, monitoring, alerting, backups;
• Participate in the evaluation of new tools and technologies;
• Contribute to technical documentation;
• Benchmark and make recommendations for performance tuning;
• Troubleshoot issues on any part of the stack (db, network, application, software);
• Deploy software components.


• Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science, or equivalent experience;
• Extensive experience with GNU/Linux (and more generally unix-based environments);
• Extensive experience with private (OpenStack) and public clouds (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud);
• Extensive experience with AWS S3 (and its implementation in other tools such as Ceph);
• Extensive experience with Docker and its ecosystem;
• Extensive experience with GitHub;
• Extensive experience with build tools such as Maven, Grunt, Gulp;
• Experience with CI tools such as Jenkins, Travis-CI, Circle-CI;
• Experience with Kubernetes;
• Experience with Ansible;
• Exposure to Elasticsearch;
• Good understanding of network security in a production environment (Firewall, ACLs, SSL…).

Want to learn more about our team? Check out: http://softeng.oicr.on.ca/.

The interview process will involve in-person interviews with whiteboard questions aimed at challenging your skills and assessing your approach to new and complex problems.

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.

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.

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