Current Employment Opportunities

Critical funding from our research partners and donors has helped us to attract and retain the very best research talent from around the world, which in turn, increases our ability to move discoveries further along into clinical research and eventually treatments.
 

Positions currently available:


Date Posted: 
Friday, September 14, 2018

PhD Student (2), Daugaard Lab

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for 2 PhD Students to join our research team.

The Vancouver Prostate Centre
The VPC has a large number of multi-disciplinary research programs in basic, clinic, and translational cancer research. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research. It is affiliated with the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Daugaard Lab
The Daugaard laboratory focuses on innovative research in molecular cancer biology developing biotechnology for diagnostic and therapeutic use in different cancer indications. The successful applicant will work in a multi-disciplinary research team with access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities in collaboration with national and international research groups and pharmaceutical companies.

Project 1: Ewing sarcoma (EWS) is the second most common bone cancer in children and adolescents with a high metastatic potential. EWS development is driven by specific chromosomal translocations resulting in generation of chimeric EWS-ETS transcription factors. In this project, the student will develop different screening approaches to select compounds to target EWS-FLI1 activity with high specificity. The student will perform in vitro and in vivo experiments and will work in collaboration with chemists, biologists, bioinformaticians and clinicians.

Project 2: The dysregulation of the 3’UTR landscape is a fundamental signature of many types of cancer. In this CIHR funded project, the successful applicant will have to interrogate the mechanisms underlying alternative poly-adenylation (APA) of 3’UTRs of oncogene-induced mRNAs and assess the impact hereof on tumor initiation and progression. The project is part of a collaboration with SickKids Hospital in Toronto, ON.

Click here for more information on Dr. Daugaard and his team.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or similar.
  • Demonstrated experience in RNA molecular biology.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Statistical data analysis and database management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Friendly, organized, and detail-oriented team player.

Application Procedures
To apply for this position, please email careersatprostatecentre [dot] com with subject line PhD Student, Daugaard Lab with the following items attached:

  • Cover letter that includes a motivation statement and a qualification statement
  • Current CV
  • University transcript

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until November 10, 2018. Please be prepared to provide the names and contact information of 3 references if successfully selected.

No telephone calls or drop-in inquiries accepted. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Laboratory Research Assistant, Wyatt Lab

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for a regular, full-time Laboratory Research Assistant to join Dr. Alexander Wyatt’s genomics and bioinformatics research team.

The Vancouver Prostate Centre
VPC has a large, multi-disciplinary research program that undertakes basic, clinic, and translational research. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research. It is affiliated with the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Wyatt Lab
Our laboratory studies the genomics of metastatic prostate and bladder cancers. Our primary research goals are to reveal the clinical relevance of specific molecular subtypes, and to develop minimally-invasive biomarkers for guiding therapy selection (i.e. precision oncology). We leverage innovative next-generation sequencing techniques and bioinformatics tools to interrogate tissue and liquid biopsies from patients enrolled on a series of ongoing clinical trials and protocols. We work very closely senior medical oncologists and urologists to ensure our research findings are translated to the clinic.

More information on Wyatt Lab is available at https://blogs.ubc.ca/wyattlab/

Responsibilities

  • DNA library preparation and next-generation sequencing
  • Clinical sample and database management
  • Circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) assay development and standardization
  • Daily communication with clinical coordinators and physicians

Qualifications

  • B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry or a relevant field
  • At least one-year work experience in an academic or industrial lab setting, ideally in areas related to molecular biology
  • Meticulous organizational and record keeping skills
  • Expertise with next-generation DNA sequencing and nucleic acid based techniques
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Application Procedures
To apply for this position, please email careersatprostatecentre [dot] com with subject line Laboratory Research Assistant, Wyatt Lab with the following items attached:

  • Current CV
  • Cover letter

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until October 26, 2018. No telephone calls or drop-in inquiries accepted. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

Date Posted: 
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Post-doctoral Fellow, Lack Lab

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for a Post-doctoral Research Fellow to join our research team.

The Vancouver Prostate Centre
The VPC has a large number of multi-disciplinary research programs in basic, clinic, and translational cancer research. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research. It is affiliated with the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Project in the Lack Lab
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in Canadian men and one of the leading causes of cancer-related death. At almost all stages of the disease, the androgen receptor (AR) is essential to the growth and proliferation of the cancer. Yet, despite the importance of AR signaling many questions still remain about this critical nuclear receptor.  Our laboratory is focused on interrogating the molecular mechanism of AR-mediated transcription using novel experimental techniques.

In this CIHR funded project, the successful applicant will investigate the role of the binding function site 3 in androgen receptor mediated transcription. Specifically, we will utilize functional genomics and proximity proteomics to delineate the role of this important site.  The successful applicant will work in a multi-disciplinary research team with access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities in collaboration with national and international research groups and pharmaceutical companies.

More information on Dr. Lack and his team can be found at https://lacklab.ku.edu.tr/  

Qualifications and Requirements

  • PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or similar.
  • Demonstrated experience in protein biology.
  • Experience analyzing mass spectroscopy data is desired, but not essential.
  • Proven ability to work independently.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Statistical data analysis and database management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Friendly, organized, and detail-oriented team player.

Application Procedures
To apply for this position, please email careersatprostatecentre [dot] com with subject line Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Lack Lab with the following items attached:

  • Cover letter that includes a motivation statement and a qualification statement
  • Current CV

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2018. Please be prepared to provide the names and contact information of 3 references if successfully selected.

No telephone calls or drop-in inquiries accepted. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

A World Class Centre

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has a track record of success that has earned it a reputation as one of the world’s most respected cancer facilities. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.

Events

Movember Foundation 2018

Movember 2018

The Movember Foundation's fundraiser runs from November 1 to 30.  The Vancouver Prostate Centre team will join teams across Canada to raise funds for men's health research in the areas of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Dr. Gleave awarded the 2018 Dr. Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research

Dr. Gleave
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Three VPC trainees receive 2018 VCHRI Rising Star Awards

2018 Rising Star Awardees
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