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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As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.

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Date Posted: 
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dong Lab

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

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.

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.

Dong Lab

The Dong laboratory focuses on gene transcription and RNA splicing in prostate cancers. The lab is dedicated to deciphering mechanisms by which tumors develop resistance to anti-cancer therapies with focuses on RNA splicing in reprogramming cancer cell phenotypes. The overall goal of our laboratory is to develop diagnostic and therapeutic means for prostate cancer. Representative work can be found in J Clin Invest. 2020, Eur Urol. 2017/2019 and Front Oncol. 2021.

More information on Dr. Dong and his team can be found here: https://www.prostatecentre.com/about-us/people/dr-xuesen-dong

Qualifications and Requirements

  • PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology or similar.
  • Minimum five years related laboratory experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in cell culture/transfection, western blotting, real-time PCR and molecular cloning, protein interaction, and microscopy.
  • Experience with lentivirus manipulation and animal work will be considered an asset.
  • 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, Dong Lab with the following items attached:

  • Current CV
  • Cover letter

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: 
Monday, November 22, 2021

Laboratory Research Assistant, Black Lab

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for a regular, fulltime Laboratory Research Assistant to join Dr. Peter Black’s research team.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.

The Vancouver Prostate Centre

VPC has a large, multi-disciplinary research program that undertakes basic, clinical, and translational research. It is National Centre of Excellence designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research. It is affiliated with the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Further details on VPC and its research programs are available at www.prostatecentre.com. To learn more about Dr. Black and his research visit www.prostatecentre.com/about-us/people/dr-peter-black.

Position Summary

The Laboratory Research Assistant provides technical support to the scientific research team in the planning and conducting of experiments, evaluating results, and generating reports and research records. Significant supervisory/project management duties are frequently required.

Responsibilities

  • Contributes to the execution of wet lab and in vivo experiments, and data analysis related to ongoing cancer research projects together with other team members
  • Performs genotyping and colony maintenance
  • Creates and maintains research-related databases, reports, and ethics protocols
  • Processes patient-derived blood and tissue samples
  • Operates a broad scope of laboratory equipment and performs common molecular biology techniques (e.g. Western blot, qPCR, cell/tissue culture)
  • Trains and provides supervision to new and more junior members of the team, as appropriate
  • Monitors inventory of lab supplies and ensures proper storage of materials and supplies
  • Works according to OH&S policies, WSIB and QA standards. Takes all necessary safety training and necessary precautions when handling potentially hazardous materials, chemicals, biological agents or animals
  • Performs other duties as required

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in relevant scientific field
  • A minimum of two years relevant laboratory experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, histology, immunology, or pathology environment, or other relevant field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of research laboratory best practices and techniques
  • Demonstrated experience with in vivo work. Current certifications to perform in vivo work are considered an asset, but not required
  • Willing and able to complete all required safety training, both at point of hire and on an ongoing basis.
  • Willing and able to work a flexible schedule, within a 37.5 hour work week. This includes occasional attendance of team meetings outside of the usual 9AM-5PM core hours, as well as occasional longer working days to accommodate experimental needs
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently both in a team environment and independently
  • Computer literate with demonstrated proficiency using suite of Microsoft Office software
  • Excellent team, documentation, communication, and organizational skills

Salary and other benefits

  • Starting salary range for this position is $45,904 - $51,293 per annum
  • An attractive compensation package, including extended health and dental coverage; an Employee and Family Assistance Plan (EFAP); and a defined benefit pension plan
  • Paid annual vacation
  • The opportunity to work with a dynamic team on challenging and interesting translational cancer research projects

We’d love to hear from you if:

  • You are strongly self-motivated and are able to work independently on a number of wet-lab and in vivo translational cancer projects with other members of the team
  • You are organized and able to multi-task as the projects require

Application Procedures

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

  • Cover letter
  • Current CV

NOTE: The application deadline has been extended to December 6, 2021 at midnight PST. No telephone calls or drop-in inquiries accepted. Only those under consideration will be contacted. Preferred start date is January 2022.

Date Posted: 
Monday, November 22, 2021

Clerical Assistant, Clinical Trials

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exciting career opportunity for a temporary, fulltime Clerical Assistant interested in pursuing a role in clinical trials regulatory affairs.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.

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. Further details on VPC and its research programs are available at www.prostatecentre.com.

Position Summary

The Clerical Assistant works closely with the Regulatory Affairs Coordinator and Clinical Trials Manager and provides assistance to the Clinical Trials Coordinators. The Clerical Assistant provides a broad scope of administrative and data entry support to the Clinical Trials team.

Typical Responsibilities

  • Assist with day-to-day operations of assigned research studies, duties of which may include:
  • Provides clerical support for data entry trials.
  • Files regulatory documents, Research Ethics Board (REB) submissions, acknowledgements, approvals and sending to the sponsor/coordinating centre
  • Files/maintains correspondence files for all studies.
  • Ensures CVs are signed, filed in the master binder with copies in each study binder annually.
  • Ensures medical license verifications are updated annually.
  • Creates files for new studies.
  • Updates staff training documents (binder and electronic files) and ensures that staff training is up to date.
  • Assists with regulatory documents collection and submission for new studies.
  • Basic REB submissions such as acknowledgements and renewals.
  • Performs additional duties and administrative tasks as required by the Regulatory Affairs Coordinator and Clinical Trials Manager.

Decision Making/Level of Accountability/Extent of Authority

Minimal.

Supervision Received

This is a junior-level position. The Clerical Assistant will be under the supervision of the Regulatory Affairs Coordinator and Clinical Trials Manager.

Supervision Given

None.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Grade 12 plus additional relevant training such as a Medical Office Assistant (MOA) or Office Assistant certificate/diploma.
  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills, with demonstrated experience communicating concepts in a  professional manner.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality essential.
  • Computer literate, including solid Microsoft Office skills and data entry experience.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Relevant clinical trials experience and/or knowledge of relevant regulatory and ethical guidelines and principles for conducting research with human subjects is preferred but not required. Training will be provided to the successful candidate.

Compensation

Salary range for this position is $43,892 to $57,608 per annum, plus benefits – initial placement will be at $43,892 per annum for this junior-level position.

Application Procedures

To join our team, please email careersatprostatecentre [dot] com ( )with subject line Clerical Assistant, Clinical Trials with the following items attached:

  • Covering letter
  • Resume

Closing Date: December 3, 2021

Note: We thank all applicants for their interest. However, due to the high volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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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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