Posted on August 14, 2012 - GC1266

Company: BioDiaspora
Position: Web User Interface (UI) Developer
Location: Toronto (downtown)
Salary: 1 year contract
Contact Name: Jennifer Sears

Job Description


This position is located in Toronto, Canada with BioDiaspora and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ).


BioDiaspora is based at St. Michaels Hospital, a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. The project’s mission is to create innovative scientific and software solutions to help prepare for and respond to international infectious disease outbreaks and future pandemics. The BioDiaspora system was developed among multiple scientific disciplines including medicine, public health, geographic sciences and mathematical modeling.


CDC DGMQ is responsible for the prevention and control of infectious diseases in the United States and among globally mobile populations. Activities to accomplish this include overseeing the medical examinations of newly arriving persons, notifying State and local health departments of mobile populations arriving in their jurisdictions, providing travelers with essential health information, and collecting and disseminating worldwide health data.


BioDiaspora and CDC DGMQ have a strong interest in effectively communicating important public health information. Combining various types of data sources, expertise and capabilities can give a better representation of infectious disease risks, population-specific characteristics, and dynamic change. This collaboration is focused on delivering Internet solutions that can rapidly analyze, visualize, and report on complex spatial and temporal data.


The individual filling this position will work with team members and partners to lead the design of effective and innovative UI’s for Internet applications. The incumbent will apply principles of human-computer interaction, innovative design and programming to unite project objectives with sound solutions.


Job Description:

Primary responsibilities include the following:

  1. Design and help implement user interface for a Silverlight Web Mapping Application
  2. Design and implement data visualizations and dashboard controls
  3. Create and oversee prototypes for usability testing
  4. Share web application design expertise with other project team members
  5. Adopt a user-centric approach to problem solving, collaborating with team members, clients and performing user testing and responding to feedback.
  6. Employ best practices in interface development and technical documentation
  7. Assist in the creation and maintenance of technical and functional application design documentation, including a manual defining the structure and content of the application
  8. Attend periodic meetings with key partners in Atlanta as required
  9. Generate monthly status updates and attend weekly meetings or calls
  10. Ensure deliverables of the contract
  11. Other duties as assigned

Job Qualifications

Skills and Knowledge Requirements:


  • Minimum BA in computer science, engineering, UI design, or equivalent experience
  • A digital design portfolio of previous work experience demonstrating successful implementations of interface design
  • Experience in one or more .Net compliant programming languages, preferably VB.Net
  • Additional experience in one or more of: HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • 3+ years of experience in UI design
  • 3+ years of experience in Adobe Creative Suite
  • In-depth understanding of user-centered design methodologies
  • Exceptional communication skills to articulate functional and UI choices to clients and team members
  • Experience working with spatial data
  • Hands-on experience designing interfaces in Expression Studio
  • Experience working collaboratively with other developers and in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Ability to work independently
  • Detail oriented and able to prioritize tasks
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must conduct all duties in a professional manner
  • Must uphold data security or privacy agreements
  • Must be able to live and work in Canada


  • Experience working with temporal data
  • Experience in ArcGIS 10.0
  • Experience in mobile application development
  • Experience working with Latitude Geographics GeoCortex products

Other Information

Performance Measurement:

  • Performance measures will be evaluated by the director of BioDiaspora with input from the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at CDC


Period of Performance:

A 40-hour work week is anticipated.  The work schedule is Monday thru Friday, 9am -5pm, but infrequently may include time during an evening or weekend.  No overtime is anticipated for this position.


Place of Performance/ Location of Work:

Toronto, Canada (Downtown)


Please send cover letter and resume to

30 Bond Street

Toronto, ON
M5B 1W8

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