Bioinformatics IT Software Developer (MT0496, IST2F, GR5)

Job Category: 
Term positions for management and excludeds

Position Context:

Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, the IT Software Developer in Bioinformatics participates in the planning, development, co-ordination, implementation and maintenance of a Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) based at the McGill Genome Centre. This role is to support the needs of external user, principal investigators, postdoctoral researchers, students, and staff of the center. This includes the integration of novel and recent sequencing technologies and implementation of information system strategies that support the operating and analytical needs of the center. It also includes instructional development and training of the implemented system and resources for members of the center.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conceptualize, design and develop component of the LIMS to store and generate accessibility to large amounts of raw and processed next-generation sequencing;
  • Creation of new workflows, capture the appropriate sample and laboratory manipulation information; and enabling all relevant metadata to follow sample data files through various steps
  • Implementation of new tools and features interacting with the LIMS database.
  • Ensure interoperability between modules written in various languages (Python, Java, Perl, JavaScript, SQL, etc.) and frameworks (In house frameworks, Spring, Hibernate, Wicket).
  • Maintain software integration into high performance computing systems for data analysis.
  • Strengthen software infrastructure by troubleshooting, debugging and enhancing exiting code, and to ensure system stability and reliability.
  • Implement data migration tools and scripts to integrate data from legacy systems to new tools and systems.
  • Engineering and continual development of the client interface to meet the evolving needs of the user.
  • Apply knowledge of information system products and services to assist all users of the LIMS, including analysts, bioinformatics scientists, principal investigators, collaborators and end users.
  • Provide support and recommend solutions to all users of the LIMS. Troubleshoot systems problems as necessary to ensure operational integrity.
  • Develop training material and documentation for the system
  • Keep abreast of any new developments in Computer Canada network (parallel processing) and software packages for increased efficiency and accuracy of the system.


Undergraduate degree

Three (3) years’ related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities:

Undergraduate degree in Computer Science, engineering or related field. At least five (5) years related experience in software and database development, IT systems management, preferred.  At least three (3) years’ experience in bioinformatics an asset.  Proven experience in developing full-scale web applications. Experience in relational databases (RDBMS), such as MYSQL, and Postgre. Experience with server-side scripting, such as Python, Perl, Bash. Experience with Java, Python, JavaScript, Perl and their APIs and frameworks. Experience with Git version control system. Demonstrated experience with browser-based and interfaces. Openness towards new technologies and having a knowledge of various layers involved in web applications development (full-stack). Attention to detail, good communications and organizational skills. Ability to work in an interactive group. Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines. English and French, spoken and written.

How to Apply:

Please submit your application online at

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The deadline to apply for this position is February 21, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, the Faculty of Medicine will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

Employment Equity:

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Professor Angela Campbell, Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies) at angela.campbell [at] or 514-398-1660.

Faculty of Medicine
Salary Range: 
(Grade 05) $56,000 - $70,000 (midpoint) - $91,000
One (1) year
Reporting to: 
Bioinformatics Manager
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