University of Alberta

The Applied Genomics Core Manager and Bioinformatician

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry - Office of Research

Competition No.  -    A104432037
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Applied Genomics Core (TAGC) is a Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (FoMD) associated core research facility that supports the development and application of innovative genomics and genetics technologies at the University of Alberta. TAGC provides services for nucleic acid analyses, with a current focus on next-generation sequencing (NGS). Recent developments include services for metagenomics, bacterial diversity, virus discovery, and small genome sequencing. TAGC enables faculty members to access expertise and core infrastructure that individual laboratories cannot otherwise support.

Reporting to the Chair of the TAGC User/Management Committee, the Applied Genomics Core Manager and Bioinformatician is FoMD's expert in the rapidly changing fields of genomics and bioinformatics, both of which are critical platforms in biomedical research. The Manager is the point of contact for TAGC and oversees operations of this facility, including supervision of TAGC technical staff, facilitating access to platforms for researchers, and ensuring new platforms and applications are efficiently integrated into TAGC workflows.

Specific accountabilities of this position include:

  • Develops strategies and policies for the safe and sustainable operation of the facility in cooperation with the Associate Dean, Research Facilities and Director, Core Research Facilities
  • Monitors infrastructure usage to ensure the facility is being efficiently utilized and matches user needs to equipment
  • Provides advice to the Director, Core Research Facilities regarding infrastructure grant applications; indicates where infrastructure exists currently in the facility or where requested infrastructure could have a wider application
  • Takes the lead role in writing grants to acquire funds to replace aging equipment, upgrade infrastructure for emerging technologies and/or assay development as needed
  • Assists users with NGS techniques and bioinformatic analyses of data sets
  • Provides consultation for individual users with experimental design and suggests appropriate instrument choice
  • Identifies emerging technologies through ongoing literature searches
  • Collaborates with researchers (students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty) to develop novel assays and extend research capabilities
  • Designs and provides training for users of all levels including basic training and advanced workshops and/or summer courses

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • PhD in Genetics, Genomics or Molecular Biology
  • Demonstrated expertise in next generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatics
  • Demonstrated participation in the design and management of clinical and basic research projects
  • Strong management skills
  • Superior communication skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability in providing written contributions to grant applications, manuscripts and administrative reports
  • Teaching experience is an asset

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has an approximate term length of 3 years, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at: and annual salary of $72,989 to $100,385.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.