Bioinformatics Programmer

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As part of the sports science and genetics team, you are expected to play a critical role in bringing science and technology together by

  • Participating in building state of art DNA analytics engine using different technologies such as python, R, big data systems and REST services.
  • Facilitating collaboration between geneticists and sports scientists through your deep knowledge of human genetics, public databases (ensembl, dbSNP, the 1000 Genomes Project, HapMap, etc.), GWAS and statistical analysis.
  • Analyzing loads of genetic data and create dazzling visualizations to help guide advances into new areas of research and inform new features to provide our users.
  • Engage in cutting edge research collaborations with outside partners and be involved in high impact scientific publications that expand our knowledge of genetics and sport performance.

Core Skills

  • Understanding of genetics, systems biology and personal genomics
  • Substantial knowledge of genomic data analysis tools and methods
  • Substantial knowledge of bioinformatics algorithms and databases
  • Knowledge of statistical methods and pattern recognition algorithms
  • Quick algorithm prototyping
  • Programming in shell, R, perl, Python
  • Linux type  OS administration skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD (Preferred) or MSc + 3 years work experience in Bioinformatics or a biological science with extensive and documented programming experience/knowledge
  • Some experience with relational databases and systems (MySQL)
  • An understanding of how genetics and biochemical processes influence physiology
  • Experience using version control systems for codebase maintenance
  • Experience running analyses in a linux environment
  • Team member with experience working on interdisciplinary projects
  • Clear thinker with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate intelligently and clearly
  • Familiarity with public resources and databases such as Ensembl, dbSNP, the 1000 Genomes Project, HapMap, etc
  • Experience with human genetics data, particularly SNP genotyping data
  • Familiarity with current bioinformatics tools and techniques, particularly for working with genotype or sequencing data.
  • Experience in programming and working with data from human genetics projects and are excited about using your knowledge to develop a product that provides value to people.

Strong Assets

  • Experience with Amazon Web Services
  • Knowledge of Java
  • Experience with web development technologies
  • Knowledge/experience with web scale ‘big data’ technologies such as: HBase, Hadoop, MapReduce, etc.
  • You have a strong interest in learning new skills, particularly from areas of emerging web technologies.
  • You have some experience working with interdisciplinary groups.
  • An understanding of how genetics and biochemical processes influence physiology and physical performance.

What We Offer:
We empower our employees to take independent initiative, to be creative with their problem solving and to be drivers of progress.  We believe good ideas can come from anyone regardless of their background and experience level.

We offer a competitive salary, group health benefits and  access to our Employee Share Option Plan after a qualifying period.

Sound like a home for you? Send us your resume and help us accelerate discovery by delivering genetics to everyone.

: Full-time
Location: Halifax, NS; (possibility of remote work)

Contact: Please send cover letter & resume in one document to We look forward to hearing from you.


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