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IT Specialist

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - CAMH

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted November 17, 2022.


IT Specialist (DevOps)
Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics

The Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics is hiring world-leading specialists to transform our understanding of mental health by organizing, integrating, analyzing, visualizing and modelling data across all levels of the brain -from genes to circuits to behaviour. This multimodal data is gathered across the clinical environment including genetic, epigenetic, MRI, DTI, fMRI, hd-EEG, actigraphy and electronic medical record data. Teams will employ state-of-the-art techniques including topological data analysis, machine learning and multiscale computational modeling to accelerate identification and treatment of mental health disorders. Research is performed in an open, team science environment, with an emphasis on reproducible data-driven research and a patient-centric approach. A focus on global collaboration is key to transforming our understanding of mental health and its treatment. The centre will operate as an incubator for medical technologies to identify, manage and treat mental illness, while shaping policy at national and global levels.

Position Description:

The IT Specialist will work in collaboration with the KCNI / BHDB technical teams to develop, launch and maintain systems and applications supporting key research data management and computational infrastructure, including Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning operational infrastructure. You have expertise in Development / Operations (DevOps), server hardware implementation, networking, virtual architectures and the management of test, development and production environments, server patching, anti-virus/security best-practices, for Linux and Windows operations systems. Ideal candidates have worked with health care data, that may include genomics, brain imaging, EEG, medical records, behavioral data from mobile apps and wearables. You will support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable regulatory and legislative requirements. This position will be located at 250 College Street, Toronto.

Key Accountabilities

  • Working with the KCNI and BHDB team, your responsibilities include the management, integrity and maintenance of the BrainHealth Databank data management and compute infrastructure.
  • Managing ‘knowledge graph’ system architecture, both physical and virtual.
  • Manage permissions and roles, for developers and system users, in alignment with clinical and research compliance.
  • DevOps frameworks, including Machine Learning (ML) Ops.
  • System monitoring, updates and upgrades.
  • Software development for system additions, including documentation and versioning systems.
  • Maintaining system patches and security configurations/updates in accordance with organizational best-practices.
  • Conduct research and make recommendation on network and infrastructure products, services, protocols, and standards in support of the network procurement and development efforts.
  • Coordinating hardware refreshes, warranties and upgrades as needed.
  • Support Research Informatics Cloud Strategy and service migrations.


  • Degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Neuroscience, Information Science, or related scientific field.
  • 3+ years of experience providing data architecture or engineering function.
  • 3+ years of experience working in an active research environment, ideally, including a combination of direct research experience and experience in data management, technology setting.
  • Experience with OpenStack and Kubernetes platforms
  • Strong knowledge of data management across the research lifecycle, including creation, processing, analysis, preservation, access, and reuse of research data.
  • Experience with agile/scrum development approaches
  • Expertise working with versioning control systems, package management software and software development life cycles.
  • Solid understanding of key DBMS platforms like SQL Server, Oracle and DB2, including technical expertise in data architecture principles and design aspects of various DBMS and reporting concepts.
  • Experience with High Performance Computing and Storage
  • Experience with Data Management applications / databases (e.g. REDCAP, XNAT, LabKey, EMRs)
  • Experience with operating system (Linux/Unix), administration, and support
  • Experience with interface/system integration (Linux/Windows)
  • Experience with Cloud infrastructure and system migrations.
  • Excellent organizational skills with high attention to detail and determined attitude towards ensuring accuracy and integrity.
  • Excellent problem-solving and critical-thinking skills; balancing strategic alignment with technology roadmap and emerging industry trends with practical delivery.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with research faculty, students, and staff in a team environment.
  • Experience with high performance computing and parallelization of code
  • Software development and best-practices
  • Highly self-motivated and directed personal attributes
  • Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language would be an asset

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Please Note: This full-time, permanent, position is part of the OPSEU Bargaining Unit.

Salary Range: $38.21-$51.54 per hour

CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee, you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

At CAMH, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive employer. Our commitment to equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

CAMH actively seeks candidates from First Nations, Métis and Inuit, racialized and LGBTQ2S+ communities, women, and people with disabilities (including people who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges).

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please inform us if you require accommodations during the interview process.