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Research Software Engineer- Focused Ultrasound Laboratory 

Posted: 5/17/2019 9:07:23 AM

The Focused Ultrasound Laboratory at Sunnybrook Research Institute at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario is looking for a motivated and serious individual to fill the role of Research Software Engineer. Our group is one of the leading laboratories in the world in the development of highly innovative, leading-edge technology for completely non-invasive image-guided surgery and targeted drug delivery using focused ultrasound. We are involved in a broad spectrum of projects ranging from technology development, modelling of ultrasound-tissue interactions, and evaluation of novel devices and delivery strategies in tissues and animal models. The technology being developed in our group will be used to treat benign or malignant tumours and a variety of neurological disorders non-invasively. Many of these projects are conducted with close collaboration with the medical device industry. The imaging research at Sunnybrook has spun off 7 companies in the past 5 years, and is a hotbed for innovation.

This research lab has a truly multi-disciplinary team of individuals with backgrounds in physics, engineering, biology, and medicine. The clinical relevance of this work is high, and the pace of research is fast. This is an excellent environment for a motivated individual interested in the field of medical technology and biomedical engineering to gain valuable skills and experience.

A full time research software engineer is required to assist in software development, testing and documentation.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Test and validate ultrasound imaging software
  • Interfacing software for real time control of hardware
  • Development of a clinical user interface to comply with FDA guidelines
  • Participating in the preparation of figures and material for grants and publications
  • Assist in bench top experiments to test software and hardware
  • Document testing procedures and ensure rigorous UA / QA testing to comply with FDA regulations

for software in medical devices

  • Software documentation
  • Collaborate with designated personnel to develop various Computer Systems Validation (CSV) documents per FDA guidance (General Principles of Software Validation), including but not limited to Requirements Specifications, Validation/Test Plan, Testing (across all phases of Development), Integration Test Scripts, Operational/System Test Scripts, Validation Summary Reports
  • Ensure completeness and accuracy of software validation records
  • Work with team to manage development of integrated system

Required background:

  • Undergraduate degree in Software Engineering / Computer Science or other Engineering / Science with strong programming experience
  • Software engineering experience in a medical device/FDA or similar regulated industry preferred
  • Strong programming skills with demonstrated experience in interfacing hardware
  • Familiarity with laboratory equipment and techniques preferred
  • Experience in ultrasound imaging is a benefit, but not a requirement
  • Strong object-oriented programming experience: C++ and C# required.
  • Interface development experience;
  • Ability to maintain a code repository with well-organized version control
  • Experience in software testing, verification, and validation, including an understanding of test tools and methods, test documentation, test management, test traceability, defect management and tracking is required.
  • Extensive experience in defining test strategy, designing and developing test cases from software requirements
  • Experience or working knowledge of testing medical devices, FDA/GMP requirements, software development life cycle, design control processes, and cross-functional product development team experience preferred.
  • Prior successful testing and validation of medical products through full life cycle strongly preferred.
  • Excellent writing skills and strong attention to detail

In addition, you will be expected to:

  • Work within the larger context of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SHSC) and observe Hospital and Research Institute rules and regulations, policies, procedures, practices, safety procedures and current legislation, in particular the Human Rights Code regarding discrimination and harassment.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of patient, employee, graduate student and Hospital information at all times.
  • Work cooperatively and constructively with the other members of staff.
  • Perform the above functions in a manner which reflects SHSC Hospital philosophy and mission of service, while promoting and maintaining good public relations with patients, visitors and staff.

In accordance with Canadian Employment and Immigration guidelines, applicants must be eligible to work in Canada. Sunnybrook Research Institute is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resume, cover letter and contact information of three references, to Zeynep.acar@sunnybrook.ca

Deadline for application: Until the position is filled

We would like to thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Sunnybrook Research Institute is strongly committed to inclusion and diversity within its community and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: visible minorities, all religions and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


Sunnybrook Research Institute is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Sunnybrook Research Institute is strongly committed to inclusion and diversity within its community and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: visible minorities, all religions and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.