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.

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Date Posted: 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

PhD Student, Daugaard Lab

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for one PhD student, Daugaard Lab to join our research team.

The Vancouver Prostate Centre
The is affiliated with the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.  The VPC is a National Centre of Excellence, with collaborative links across on-campus and hospital-based research facilities, and is internationally recognized as a comprehensive and integrated cancer research and treatment facility. The VPC uniquely integrates many critical components of translational research under one organization, facilitating seamless management of the complex processes involved in discovery, preclinical development, commercialization, and clinical research in close partnership with clinical trials and research networks as well as industry.

Daugaard Lab
The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Mads Daugaard. The Daugaard laboratory focuses on innovative research in molecular cancer biology developing biotechnology applicable for diagnostic and therapeutic use.

The PhD student will be involved in research projects investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying chemo-resistant pediatric, urologic, and lung cancer indications. The student will work in a multi-disciplinary research team with access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Through the interactions with different biomedical labs and pharmaceutical companies, the student will gain invaluable insights in cancer research and next-generation drug development on platforms of both academia and industry.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science or Master’s Degree in Biology, Biochemistry, and/or Pharmacology
  • Basic technical skills in molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry and immunology, such as cell culture, transfection, PCR, Western bloting and immunocytochemistry
  • Experience with DNA damage and repair signalling, as well as animal work
  • Strong problem solving skills are beneficial
  • Statistical data analysis and database management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A 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:

  • Current CV
  • Cover letter
  • University transcript

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2017. No telephone calls or drop-in inquiries accepted. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

 

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cherkasov Lab

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for a Postdoctoral Fellow, Cherkasov Lab to join our research team.

We are looking for a talented Postdoc to join the computer-aided drug design group of Professor Artem Cherkasov. The Postdoc will work on exciting drug discovery programs providing essential computational chemistry support to structure-based and ligand-based virtual screening and lead optimization.

The Vancouver Prostate Centre
VPC has a large, multi-disciplinary research program that undertakes basic, clinical, 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.

Cherkasov Lab
More information on Dr. Cherkasov and his team can be found here: http://www.prostatecentre.com/about-us/people/dr-art-cherkasov.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • PhD in Computational Chemistry or Biology.
  • Strong problem solving skills in cheminformatics and bioinformatics.
  • Solid background in biological chemistry, organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry and pharmacokinetics
  • 2 years of hands-on experience in structure-based and ligand-based drug design and compound library design
  • Expertise in ligand-protein and protein-protein docking, homology modeling, MD simulation and free energy perturbation calculations, pharmacophore modeling, and QSAR
  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art modeling and cheminformatics tools such as MOE, Schrodinger, and OpenEye suite of programs
  • Minimum 1-year programming experience using SVL, R, Perl, python or other programming languages
  • Background in deep learning is beneficial
  • Statistical data analysis and database management skills

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

  • Current CV
  • Covering letter
  • Research proposal

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2017. No telephone calls or drop-in inquiries accepted. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

Date Posted: 
Friday, September 22, 2017

Laboratory Research Assistant, Lack Lab

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for a regular, full-time Laboratory Research Assistant to join Dr. Nathan Lack’s research team. This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a research-oriented, creative and dynamic environment.

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.

Lack Lab
Our laboratory studies the molecular mechanisms of prostate cancer development and progression (http://lacklab.ku.edu.tr/). The group is focused on better understanding the mechanisms of this complex disease through the development of novel experimental techniques. We are specifically interested in the role of androgen receptor (AR) in both early and late stage prostate cancer.

Typical Responsibilities

  • Molecular biology techniques including PCR, RT-PCR, cloning, NGS library preparation.
  • Chromatin immunoprecipitation.
  • Large-scale cell culture.
  • Western blotting.

Qualifications

  • B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Molecular biology, Biochemistry or a relevant Life Science degree.
  • At least one-year work experience in an academic or industrial lab setting, ideally in areas related to molecular biology.
  • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Positive attitude and motivation to learn and take responsibility.

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

  • Current CV
  • Cover letter

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until October 20, 2017. No telephone calls or drop-in inquiries accepted. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Clinical Research Coordinator - Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program

The Vancouver Prostate Centre has an exciting career opportunity for a regular, full-time experienced Clinical Research Coordinator interested in pursuing a role in clinical research logistics and management.

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.

The Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program
The Vancouver Prostate Centre launched the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program in January 2013, a comprehensive survivorship program for prostate cancer patients, their partners and family from diagnosis to end-of-life care. The Clinical Research Coordinator will work closely with the existing PCSC Clinical Research Coordinator and between them they will be responsible for the day-to-day management of research studies, and provide program and research support to the PCSC team and collaborators under the supervision of the Provincial PCSC Program Manager.

Typical Responsibilities
Coordinate day-to-day operations of assigned research studies from the PCSC program, duties of which may include:

  • Approach & consent patients, and serve as a point of contact for study participants.
  • Responsible for Study File including all essential documents and maintenance of such documentation.
  • Provide cross-coverage between Clinical Research Coordinator portfolios and supporting the Program Coordinator/Manager when needed.
  • Coordinate study submissions/amendments/updates to UBC REB, VCHRI, and Health Canada.
  • Administer research procedures per study protocol and collect & record data.
  • Experience using research databases such as REDCap
  • Ensure all study timelines are met.
  • Maintain study budgets (if required).
  • Responsible for maintaining the accuracy, accessibility, and confidentiality of study files and subject records.
  • Data management & data analysis.
  • Assist in the development of research studies and grant applications.
  • Organize study update meetings, and prepare & distribute agendas and meeting minutes.
  • Provide study updates at the bi-weekly PCSC team meetings.
  • Contribute to preparing abstract submissions and posters for national and international scientific/medical conferences.
  • Performs additional duties and administrative tasks as required by the Provincial PCSC Program Manager.

Decision Making/Level of Accountability/Extent of Authority
Moderate level:

  • Role is responsible for many of the program’s funded research studies, and thus an interface with many external collaborative groups.
  • Accountable to ensure studies are conducted under all applicable provincial and national medical research guidelines and law.
  • Responsible in improving the program’s research processes.

Supervision Received
Works under the general direction and supervision of the Provincial PCSC Program Manager.

Supervision Given
None.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, Life Sciences or Psychology. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum three years’ relevant clinical trial, research and project experience, preferably in a biomedical area.
  • Experience submitting ethical and regulatory applications and amendments, preparing and updating protocols and patient information/consent forms.
  • Solid communication skills, with demonstrated expertise communicating with patients in a professional manner. Ability to maintain confidentiality essential.
  • Experience using/developing research database systems such as REDCap.
  • Computer literate, including solid Microsoft Office skills.
  • Demonstrated teamwork, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative and willing to learn.
  • Willing and able to evenings/weekends as required.

Compensation
The salary for this position is $45,448 per annum, plus benefits including a defined pension plan, health and dental coverage, and paid vacation.

Application Procedures
To join our team, please email careers (at) prostatecentre.com with subject line Clinical Research Coordinator, PCSC with the following items attached:

  • Covering letter
  • Resume

NOTE: This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. No telephone calls or drop-in inquiries accepted. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Laboratory Research Assistant, Cherkasov Lab

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for a 1 year, full-time Laboratory Research Assistant to join Dr. Artem Cherkasov’s 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.

Cherkasov Lab
More information on Dr. Cherkasov and his team can be found here: http://www.prostatecentre.com/about-us/people/dr-art-cherkasov

Typical Responsibilities

  • Generating gene expression constructs
  • Protein expression in bacterial, insects and mammalian systems
  • Protein purification and biophysical characterization
  • Cell culture, transfection, drug screening
  • Molecular biology techniques including PCR and Western blot

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Minimum B.Sc. (MSc. Preferred) in Biochemistry, Biophysics or a relevant Life Science degree
  • At least one year work experience in an academic or industrial lab setting, ideally in areas related to protein biochemistry
  • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Positive attitude and motivation to learn and take responsibility
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Reliable, motivated, and detail-oriented

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

  • Cover letter
  • CV/Resume

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until November 30, 2017. No telephone calls or drop-in inquiries accepted. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

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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.

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