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WormBase is hiring! You want to do web architecture development in support of a project essential to basic biomedical research.

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research seeks an agile and adaptable software engineer with a broad skill set and an interest in applying it to scientific problems. You will assist the team in designing and implementing a scalable architecture and web interface to a vast array of biological data supporting a global community of researchers. This position will be based in Toronto, ON, Canada.

We're looking for someone excited about science, computers, and technology. You're comfortable working with big data and moving information between formats, systems, and platforms. You are passionate about trending technology and social media and how they might enhance the scientific process. You can work within the constraints of legacy systems when required and in proposing and evaluating new alternatives when warranted. In the past, you’ve confronted issues related to scalability and data management and have created demonstrable solutions resolving them.

As a web developer, you possess a broad range of skills that you've used to generate maintainable and stable solutions. You've deployed or considered things like EC2, Hadoop/Hoop/HBase/HDFS, Map/Reduce, and NoSQL variants for data management and analysis. You speak Perl fluently, know what Moose look like, have heard of Catalyst, use MySQL and interact with it via ORMs, and love git. You actually enjoy writing documentation and tests. You're not a designer, but can write HTML and CSS when necessary, know some Javascript and the basics of Ajax. When required, you can jump in and help out on a variety of tasks that might not immediately fall under your purview as the needs of the project evolve. Strong candidates will have an understanding of modern biological concepts and familiarity with open source bioinformatics tools like BioPerl and GBrowse. Those from other non-biological science backgrounds but with strong software engineering skills will also be considered.

We're a small, dedicated, distributed team. You should work well independently, and be receptive to exchanging ideas via IM, Google Hangouts, Skype, social media outlets, conference calls, and email threads. In short, excellent communication skills are assumed.

Experience: Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Biology or related field with a minimum of three years experience. On the upper end, a Masters or PhD with 3-5 years suitable experience.

Please send resumes and vitaes to Todd Harris (


Posted to the GMOD News on 2011/10/20