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Opportunity: Bioinformaticians / Computational Biologists @ The Hospital for Sick Children -- Toronto, ON, Canada
Submitted by Carlie Brand; posted on Monday, July 21, 2014
BACKGROUND:
Dedicated exclusively to children and their families, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is one of the largest and most respected paediatric healthcare centres in the world. As innovators in child health, we lead and partner to improve the health of children through the integration of healthcare, leading-edge research and education. Our reputation would not have been built -- nor could it be maintained -- without the skills, knowledge and experience of the extraordinary people who come to work here every day. SickKids is committed to ongoing learning and development, and features a caring and supportive work environment that combines exceptionally high standards of practice.

When you join SickKids, you become part of our community. We share a commitment and determination to fulfill our vision of Healthier Children. A Better World.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to work alongside the world's best in paediatric healthcare.

Position Description:
The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto is looking for talented and motivated Bioinformatician/ Computational Biologist to work on pediatric cancer genomics, and clinical genomics. The successful candidates will join Adam Shlien's group, a new research team employing modern sequence-based techniques including whole genome and transcriptome sequencing to better diagnose and treat childhood cancer. The group works closely with The Centre for Applied Genomics, the Division of Molecular Genetics, and the Department of Hematology/Oncology and maintains close ties with the Cancer Genome Project at the Sanger Institute.

The lab is working on a number of projects, whose aims include:
* Understanding the transcriptional consequences of somatic mutation in cancer.
* Understanding the timing and processes that give rise to mutations in pediatric cancers.
* Developing novel informatics methods for the analysis of thousands of sequenced cancer specimens with an emphasis on integrative analyses.
* Working with the Hospital for Sick Children's diagnostic lab to incorporate next-generation sequencing into routine clinical practice.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Here's What You'll Get To Do:
* Develop custom software as well as utilize commercial and open source software to help understand experimental genomic data and to support ongoing research activities.
* Keep abreast of new and emerging technologies.
* Suggest new ways of analyzing and integrating very large data sets.
* Work on challenging problems, and benefit from an intellectually stimulating and very well-resourced environment in the Hospital for Sick Children's new Research Tower, located in downtown Toronto.

REQUIREMENTS:
Here's What You'll Need:
* Masters degree in a relevant field such as bioinformatics, cancer biology, mathematics or computer science.
* Possess an advanced understanding of computer science and bioinformatics.
* Experience with genome-wide data is absolutely necessary and knowledge of next-generation sequencing data analysis is an asset.
* Demonstrated programming abilities (C, Perl, Python etc.), be familiar with Unix, and high-performance computing.
* Familiarity with statistical genomics methods and software are also an asset.
* Excellent communication skills and thrive in a collaborative team.

TERMS:
Employment Type: Temporary, Full-Time (3 year contract)

HOW TO APPLY:
Please visit: [link]

POLICY:
Our Commitment to Diversity
SickKids is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who may contribute to diversity within our organization.
SickKids is also committed to providing services in both official languages and our preference is to hire employees who are fluent in both English and French whenever possible.

DEADLINE:
Deadline To Apply: August 8, 2014

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