University Health Network: Java Programmer/Analyst

The Unversity Health Network (UHN) is looking for two Java Programmer/Analysts:

The Systems Engineering team at SIMS makes software to serve the health care community. We work directly for a large partnership of Toronto area hospitals, community and long term care organizations, understanding the needs of front line caregivers and tools to make them more effective.

This is an entry level position, appropriate for new graduates through roughly three years of industry experience. You will get broad exposure to enterprise systems development in the health care environment, and the satisfaction that your work is directly improving peoples’ lives.

Candidates must be able to program in Java, with J2EE and/or web application development experience a plus.

The Good
It’s health-related, which I know interests some people; UHN is a joint effort of several hospitals of pretty high reknown.  They’re in the top employer list for the 6th year in a row.

Health, and particularly e-Health, is expected by many to be a growth field, particularly as the baby boomer population ages.

The technology list also seems relatively sane, and possibly even interesting, although there’s not really much there to latch on to.

They’re also looking for more than one candidate, which helps to increase your odds.

The Bad
They’re not looking for much in the way of experience — they’re willing to take new grads, and the upper end of their experience range is three years.  That’ll knock a lot of you potentially out of contention.  Then again, if you’re new to the field, this might be an interesting position.  Rumor has it that UHN isn’t a terribly well-paid gig, although that’s third-hand, so I imagine that if this is of interest to you, you should talk to them and get a better sense for the pay yourself, if that’s a potential concern.  But then, if you don’t have much experience, then pay might not be the immediate concern.

What’s Missing?
All sorts of things.  What would you be working on?  What’s the compensation like?  Are you going to be on a team, and if so, what’s the size and composition of the team?  How does the technology list break down; is it mostly Java, or is there a fair amount of the mentioned dynamic languages as well?

YMMV
They’re not looking for much experience.  Your mileage may vary by the experience you have — if you’ve got a lot, this might not be the right fit. 

The Location
Looks like it’s basically behind Toronto General, on Elizabeth, by  University and Gerrard (or College, if that’s easier).  It’s not a bad location, pretty central, pretty easy to get to by transit.  It’s not ideal if you’re driving or taking the GO. 

It’s not a total wasteland, but it’s also not a hotbed of great restaurants and food.  Then again, it’s not too far to walk to Baldwin, Chinatown, and the Eaton Centre could be reached without too much of a walk, so it’s not totally out of range either.

In Summary
This is probably most interesting if you’ve got a Java background, not a ton of experience, and you’re interested in doing something related to health.

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