Genomics Specialist, BCCDC Public Health Laboratory
Lower Mainland Laboratories
BCCDC Public Health Laboratory is looking for a genomic specialist who is experienced in various bioinformatics tools and computer languages to join our team. Whole genome sequencing is a rapidly expanding function at BCCDC Public Health Laboratory with a focus on metagenomics and bioinformatics analysis of various bacterial, viral pathogens and other microbial agents to support surveillance and/or antimicrobial resistance prediction.
What you’ll do
- Support the BCCDC PHL in genomics data generation both operationally and through research and development
- Acquire and analyze genomic data related to emerging issues in laboratories and in public health to provide accurate and timely information to guide diagnostics, interventions and policy.
- Understand the scientific computing infrastructure needed for molecular and genomics data management and analysis and supports computational troubleshooting.
- In conjunction with the Genomics Senior Scientist, help design diagnostic assays using genomics data
- n collaboration with laboratory technologists and senior scientists, integrate and develop useful bioinformatics tools and pipelines to support the Lab’s core molecular and genomic data management and analysis activities.
- In conjunction with the Bioinformatics Senior Scientist, conduct genomics and bioinformatics user training.
- Facilitate sequences and genomics analysis in the lab under the guidance of Senior Scientists.
- Create standard operating procedures (SOPs) for workflows and pipelines as part of the Laboratory’s Quality Management system.
- Represent the organization in various forums as a speaker and disseminates findings including publishing scholarly work.
What you bring
- A Master’s program in related discipline such as Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or Genetics including a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Information Technology.
- A minimum of three (3) years of recent related experience or an equivalent combination of graduate education, training and experience.
- Documented proficiency in sequence data analysis and experience in building biological databases based on SQL.
- Documented proficiency in at least one of: Python (preferred), Java, Perl, Shell, R and other modern computer languages.
- Experience with data standards including XML is desirable.
You will have the ability to:
- Design and build robust computational pipelines in Unix-like environment using Galaxy or other workflow engines, and develop web applications in the Linux environment using Apache Tomcat and at least one web front-end development language.
- Utlize excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing.
- Work effectively with others within a team environment, to accept responsibility and to work independently.
- Efficiently organize work assignments and establish priorities. Excellent time management skills.
- Have impeccable organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills.
What’s in it for you
Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.
- Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
- Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs.
- Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan.
- 12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
- Perks include onsite fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.
655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Monday to Friday; 0830 - 1630 or other shifts as required
Requisition Number: 98101
What we do
BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) bccdc.ca is dedicated to preventing and controlling communicable disease and promoting environmental health for the province.
Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, coordinates and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services
PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experiences, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.
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