Bioinformatics Analyst

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Job Description

Job Posting #871849

Position: Bioinformatics Analyst
Site: Princess Margaret Research Institute
Department: Computational Biology & Medicine Program
Reports to: Chair, Computational Biology & Medicine Program
Pay Range: $31.56 - $39.45 per hour (Commensurate with experience and consistent with the UHN Compensation Policy)
Hours: 35 per week; 9:00am to 5:00pm; Monday to Friday
Status: Permanent Full-time

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Bioinformatics Analyst in the Computational Biology & Medicine Program.

Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.

University Health Network (UHN) is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. Research across UHN's five research institutes spans the full spectrum of diseases and disciplines, including cancer, cardiovascular sciences, transplantation, neural and sensory sciences, musculoskeletal health, rehabilitation sciences, and community and population health. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PM), University Health Network (UHN), is the largest cancer centre in Canada, providing more patient visits and involving more cancer doctors and specialists than any other oncology centres in Canada. The PM Computational Biology and Medicine Program (CBMP) is home to Scientists and Clinicians focused on developing computational methods for fully exploiting cancer data to advance basic, translational, and clinical cancer research. Within CBMP, innovative computational methods and scientific software are being developed to investigate the biological processes involved in carcinogenesis, cancer evolution and response to therapies.

We are looking for a Bioinformatics Analyst to help develop a new bioinformatics recommendation platform at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and further develop our scientific software.

Building on the expertise of the current development team, the Bioinformatics Analyst’s main roles will include:

  • Working with the current development team to develop new methods for extracting and interpreting text from bioinformatics publications.
  • Contribute to development of an operating model for an AI-driven recommendation system.
  • Contribute to development of decision tree visualization using react.js and D3
  • Attend and contribute to weekly strategy meetings. Help inform the scope and direction of development.
  • Work with the development team to ensure the recommendation platform is computationally efficient, maintainable, easily deployable, well-documented, efficient, and user-friendly.


  • At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree bioinformatics, computational biology or computer sciences preferred  
  • At minimum, 1 year practical and related experience in software development
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience with natural language processing
  • Experience with tensorflow
  • Experience with javascript front-end and back-end frameworks
  • Proficiency in Python and R
  • Knowledge of software development best practices such as unit testing and Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment.
  • Ability to manage multiple project simultaneously and adapt to changing requirements/timelines
  • Proficiency in Java, C++, Bash is an asset
  • Experience in commercial software development is an asset
  • Experience in software education (ex. Software Carpentry) is an asset

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posted Date: February 18, 2021         Closing Date: March 11, 2021

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.
University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted

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