Bioinformatics Engineer 1

Institution / Department:
Laboratory of Dr. Benjamin Haibe-Kains
Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM)

Summary of Responsibilities

The candidate will take a lead role in establishing and managing the Bioinformatics core facility, developing automated analysis pipelines for processing high-throughput genomic data, and implementing in-house bioinformatics tools. Working collaboratively with the other members of the Bioinformatics and Computational laboratory, as well as IRCM researchers and external collaborators, the candidate will gather user and technical requirements, define functional specifications, design report formats, and routinely evaluate and monitor pipeline functioning and efficiency. In addition to the pipeline responsibilities, the candidate will work directly with users in the collection, management, interpretation, and analysis of biological/clinical data, with a focus on high-throughput sequencing data. The candidate will devote his time to the core facility and the Bioinformatics and Computational laboratory which houses the core facility headed by Professor Benjamin Haibe-Kains, to implement novel bioinformatics tools.


  • PhD or M.Sc. in bioinformatics, computer science, and/or the life sciences, or a related field and a minimum of 3-5 years experience, more specifically:
    • Expertise with a wide range of biological databases and resources, including, but not limited to GenBank, EnsEMBL, the UCSC genome browser, Reactome, and other similar resources.
    • Knowledge and proficiency with genomic technologies and their applications, including high-throughput sequencing.
    • Proficiency in programming using Perl/Python/Java/C++, statistical programming using R or related tools, web-development, and database query through SQL and ability to prototype software solutions for data analysis.
    • Knowledge of standard concepts, practices, and procedures of software development
    • Skills in both Unix/Windows environments
  • Ability to work in fast paced, agile development environment and to take on a leadership role.
  • Excellent problem-solving, organizational, communication and people skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well as the ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a deadline driven environment.
  • Proficiency in English, basic knowledge of French is considered an asset.

Working conditions
Full time position with an initial two (2) year contract (renewable).The IRCM offers a competitive range of benefits.

Please submit your resume and cover letter no later than February 26, 2012 stating: Bioinformatics Engineer 1 contest at : or mail to:

Dr. Benjamin Haibe-Kains
Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM)
110, Pine Avenue West
Montreal (Québec) H2W 1R7

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