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Senior UI/UX Designer - Toronto, Ontario

Position: Senior UI/UX Designer
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 a passionate, talented and autonomous UI/UX designer to improve our existing web applications and, working closely with our bioinformaticians and business analysts, build user interfaces for our new projects.

Our open source applications handle vast amounts of data (2+ PB) and run on large compute environments. Aimed at facilitating Cancer research, our applications are used daily by researchers, bioinformaticians, clinicians and patients.

ICGC-DCC (https://dcc.icgc.org/), 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://portal.gdc.cancer.gov/), a US-based unified data repository that enables data sharing across cancer genomic studies. Our team also operates the Cancer Genome Collaboratory (http://cancercollaboratory.org/), 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.

Fully integrated in our Agile teams, the candidate will be the team’s UI/UX domain expert, will be responsible for recommending approaches and taking decisions necessary to attain the team’s objectives of delivering modern user interfaces for our software components.
“Working very closely with our business analysts, product owners and software developers, the candidate will be expected to lead UI/UX design decisions, initiate UI/UX changes and, when necessary, make UX/UI recommendations to improve the products. The candidate will also be expected to review implementation (QA) and identify possible design deficiencies and suggest improvements.

The candidate is expected to close the loop between specifications prepared by our business analysts (and associated feature-oriented wireframes) and front-end developers, defining consistent general styling guides, creating mockups and visual assets/icons for individual components or entire product pages.

We are looking for passionate candidate with 5 to 10 years of professional experience, eager to work, in autonomy, in a fast paced environment to join our agile teams. If you are comfortable with the technologies mentioned below, please get in touch and tell us about yourself!



• Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, Visual Communications or similar;
• 5 to 10 years of professional experience in the field;
• Designing: Sketch, Photoshop/Illustrator;
• Prototyping: Invision, Axure, Adobe XD;
• Wireframing: Balsamiq;
• Front-End development (desired): HTML5 / CSS;
• Other: GitHub, Jira, Confluence, MacOS, Markdown.

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

Note: Although this might happen on occasions, the candidate is not expected to design websites, those activities are carried by our web development team.

Please provide a link to an online portfolio, that showcase previous work, along with the application. During the interview process, you will be asked to walk us through some of your relevant projects and answer 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.

Resume Format: If you elect to apply, you will need a text or HTML version of your resume so that you can cut and paste it into the application box provided. Before you submit the completed application, you will be asked to attach one or two files to your application. Please attach your resume as a .doc file.