UNH/Eysenbach Research Group – Technical Analyst – OJS/LAMP Web-developer

EMPLOYER: University Health Network (http://www.uhn.ca/) – Centre for Global eHealth Innovation (http://www.ehealthinnovation.org), Toronto General Hospital – Eysenbach Research Group, Toronto

Posted: April 25th, 2007

The Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) is an international, interdisciplinary, scientific, peer-reviewed journal focused on eHealth, i.e. the development, evaluation and application of information and communication technologies in the health care field, with an emphasis on Internet-and intranet-related technologies. The journal was one of the world’s first Open Access journals in the health field, and serves as an experimental model for novel ways of publishing and peer-review. It was also an early adopter of OJS (Open Journal Systems) and contributed to its development. The Eysenbach Research Group at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation experiments with cross-media publishing techniques, using extensible markup language (XML) as well as other technologies and collaborates with the Public Knowledge Project at the University of British Columbia, developing a variety of open source toolkits for Open Access publishing (such as Open Journal Systems, OJS) and related e-publishing projects, for example WebCite, a archiving system for cited web-based material.

The Eysenbach Research Group seeks a web-developer who will be in charge for JMIR/OJS/WebCite-related activities, including but not limited to:

  • enhancing and maintaining the functionality of the Journal of Medical Internet Research
  • designing and implementing a web archiving system with PHP/MySQL
  • writing and running scripts to automatically tag articles with XML for publication
  • typesetting (XML-tagging) manuscripts
  • developing new ways to improve online academic publishing and promote open access publishing
  • resolving any server/technical issues that arise with either webcitation.org or jmir.org
  • supporting site users, authors, etc.
  • providing technical guidance and support for new research projects

Required Skills

  • capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing
  • intimately familiar with ALL aspects of LAMP-based Web development
  • able to work in a shell environment
  • knowledge of XML and related technologies (XSL XPath, DOM)
  • excellent problem solving skills and a love for technical challenges

The following are also considered assets

  • JavaScript, CSS, AJAX
  • familiarity with regular expressions
  • strong awareness of usability and human interface / design issues
  • interest in open access publishing
  • familiarity with research databases and their related
    technical challenges

  • desire to work in the non-profit sector
  • interest in and knowledge about Web 2.0 approaches
  • information science background, with technical knowledge about bibliographic and other metadata
  • experience with content management systems, wikis etc

The University Health Network has repeatedly been selected as one of Canada’s top 100 employers.

The position is based in downtown Toronto, but we are willing to discuss a teleworking arrangement. We are thinking of a full-time employee, but are also willing to discuss a freelancing arrangement (please specify your hourly rate).


Some of the work could be used as a thesis/research project, thus students (e.g. PhD part-time students) – especially in information and computer science – are invited to apply.

Contact geysenba at uhnres.utoronto.ca