Cloud Engineer

The Refugee Law Lab, hosted at York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies and Osgoode Hall Law School, is looking for a part-time Cloud Engineer.

The Cloud Engineer will join a team that currently includes a law professor, a research lawyer, a data scientist, a software engineer, and a front-end developer who are building a legal analytics app to help lawyers draw on insights from data about Canada’s refugee determination system to advance the interests of refugee claimants.

The app is backed by a data pipeline that scrapes data about refugee law processes from various online sources, parses the data, applies natural language processing, transforms the data into information that will be of use to refugee lawyers, presents the information to refugee lawyers, and provides a secure venue for refugee lawyers to exchange tips that relate to the information. The app will be made available free of charge to refugee lawyers and more broadly to members of the public. Wherever possible, data obtained through the project will be shared so that it can be used by other researchers.

The app and pipeline are currently deployed on Azure Kubernetes Service. We are seeking a Cloud Engineer who can help us migrate to an Openstack-based private cloud infrastructure, as well as introduce and improve general DevOps practices.

Core Requirements:

  • Degree in computer science, engineering, or related fields
  • Expertise in cloud infrastructure management, including an advanced understanding of cloud security
  • Knowledge of Dev Ops practices
  • At least 1 year work experience in cloud engineering
  • Current legal authorization to work in Canada

Assets, but not required:

  • Certifications in Azure and/or OpenStack
  • Prior experience working with Compute Canada services
  • Prior experience working on data science project and/or legal analytics projects
  • Interest in leveraging technology to advance the interests of displaced people and other marginalized groups
  • Interest in contributing to open-source technologies

Pay, hours & location

  • Pay is to be negotiated, based on the successful candidate’s qualifications
  • This is a part time position with flexible work hours. We anticipate a total level of effort at around 120 hours, with approximately 10 hours per week for the first 8 weeks of the contract, followed by 10 hours per month as we move into the launch face of the project.
  • Start date: as soon as possible.
  • End date: 31 December 2022
  • Work is remote
  • Additional work may become available, as the Refugee Law Lab is growing quickly.

Application Process: Apply online with a CV and a brief cover note describing your interest in the position by Feb 7 at 5:00pm EST.