Job posting

Bioinformatics Specialist

Classification: MT0602, IST2E, GR5


Position Summary

The Canadian Center for Computational Genomics (C3G) at McGill University provides bioinformatics analysis and high performance computing services for the life science research community. Currently the team is comprised of 17 staff members (2 administrators, 6 bioinformaticians involved in Bioinformatics services, 6 software developers in research and development, 3 data core developers).

C3G develops customized and case-by-case bioinformatics solutions as well as an extensive suite of open-source software, including bioinformatics analysis pipelines ( used by multiple academic institutions, and many data access and analysis portals. Since 2011, C3G has completed more than a thousand bioinformatic analysis projects for over 600 distinct groups of researchers across Canada.


Primary Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Bioinformatics Manager, the incumbent will perform advanced analyses at McGill’s Canadian Center for Computational Genomics (C3G). He/she will contribute to the development of analysis pipelines associated with Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) instruments. He/she will be a member of the technical development group and perform advanced statistical analyses that facilitate genomics data interpretation. Further, the incumbent will work closely both with other members of the C3G team and scientists at the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation center. He/she will be exposed to a wide variety of novel sequencing technologies, bioinformatics approaches, and state of the art computing resources in facility dedicated to high-throughput sequencing and large-scale genomic studies.

  • Actively contribute to the Technical Development group efforts to create Standard Operating Procedures and perform on-demand analyses;
  • Actively contribute to the Technical Development group efforts to create Standard Operating Procedures and perform on-demand analyses;
  • Provide support and guidance to Bioinformatics Consultants in the unit. Monitor their progress and insure quality of results delivered.
  • Use and develop analysis pipelines using in-house and third party tools or algorithms, and incorporate them into specialized analysis workflows
  • Develop bioinformatics solutions for the analysis of complex genomic datasets.
  • Update and extend bioinformatics tools and software methods used or developed at the C3G.
  • Provide detailed reports with analysis results and descriptions of methods used.
  • Contribute to problem-solving discussions.
  • Provide regular internal reports regarding the progress of projects (oral presentations);
  • Keep online documentation up-to-date, explaining the services offered and the analysis methods used.
  • Stay informed of the most relevant bioinformatics practices in genomics.
  • Can provide bioinformatics training workshops organized by the center.
  • Manage several analysis projects at the same time.

Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities


  • MSc in Bioinformatics, Statistics, Computer Science or related field is preferred.
  • PhD is an asset.
  • Three (3) years of experience in bioinformatics or genomics research desired
  • Team-oriented but also capable of working autonomously;
  • Excellent understanding of statistics is a must.
  • Experience with Python is a requirement
  • Experience with data analysis in the research context is a plus; Good knowledge of R, git, and bash is needed
  • Additional programming experience (perl and java) is an asset.
  • Experience in using HPC environment.
  • Experience with Docker or VM environment for analysis is an asset.
  • Experience lecturing in training workshops is desirable.
  • Capable of getting multiple tasks assigned at once, and making them all progress steadily.
  • Very good communication skills in English, spoken and written
  • French is an asset

Internal candidates: Please provide your McGill ID number when applying.*
*Please submit your cover letter and resume as one [.PDF].
Submit your application online by clicking HERE and indicate the McGill job Number MT0602.