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Software Developer - Toronto, Ontario

Position: Software Developer
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

Reports To: Operations Lead
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 hours/week

Status: Full-time, Temporary (1 year), with opportunity to renew

The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) is an international open-science organization building genomic data standards for the benefit of human health and medicine. Formed in 2013, GA4GH brings together 500+ leading organizations working in healthcare, research, patient advocacy, life science, and information technology to create frameworks and standards to enable the responsible, voluntary, and secure sharing of genomic and health-related data

GA4GH is supported by an international staff based at five sites around the globe, including the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research in Toronto. As the organization grows and gains more support from the global genomics community, the GA4GH is building its in-house technical team. This role will support the development and implementation of open source technical standards for genomic data sharing. These APIs and other standards will be implemented by genomic data projects from around the world in order to improve health outcomes. As part of your activities you will have the opportunity to be exposed to a large set of technologies. You will have the opportunity to work remotely on occasion, while still having the benefit of on-site management at our local site in Toronto.

As a member of the GA4GH team you will meet and work with leading international software engineers in the area of genomics. As part of the role, you will attend our two annual in-person meetings. The GA4GH Connect Working Meeting is our next meeting, which will take place at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, UK from April 29 - May 1, 2019.


  • Support the delivery of high quality technical standards
  • Development of applications implementing technical standards
  • Documentation
  • Support projects through the product approval process
  • Act as GA4GH technical liaison with other projects at OICR, e.g. ICGC-ARGO (icgcargo.org)


  • University degree in computer sciences, software engineering or equivalent
  • 1-4 years professional experience in software development
  • Professional experience with Java and/or Python is a must
  • Proficient with source control (git) and collaborative project management platforms (Confluence, Jira, GitHub, Slack)
  • Prior experience with automated software testing
  • Excellent communication skills (listening, written and verbal), both in articulating your ideas and gathering input from a variety of collaborators in remote settings
  • Resourceful team player who excels at building trusting relationships with customers and colleagues
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics/cancer genomics or experience in an international project is an asset but not essential


  • Collaborative;
  • Inspired by challenging problems;
  • Independent and self-motivated;
  • Capable of managing effort across multiple parallel projects;
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment;
  • Ability to work flexible hours on occasion

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 Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

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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