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: 
Monday, December 10, 2018

PhD Students (2), Daugaard Lab (closes January 31)

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 invitro 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.

More information on Dr. Daugaard and his team can be found here: http://www.prostatecentre.com/about-us/people/dr-mads-daugaard

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 January 31, 2019. 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: 
Monday, January 7, 2019

Laboratory Research Assistant, Flannigan Lab (closes January 25)

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for a regular, full-time Laboratory Research Assistant to join Dr. Ryan Flannigan’s molecular biology, 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.

Flannigan Lab
The Flannigan lab is focused on innovative translational research evaluating genetic and molecular mechanisms contributing to severe male infertility with the goal of identifying novel therapeutic targets. The successful applicant will work in a multi-disciplinary translational research team with access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities in collaboration with local, national and international research groups. He/She will perform in vitro and in vivo experiments and will work in collaboration with biologists, bioinformaticians, biomedical engineers, and physicians.

Dr. Flannigan joined the University of British Columbia in July 2018 as Assistant Professor and Director of Male Reproduction and Sexual Medicine Research. He holds an Adjunct position at Weill Cornell Medicine where he recently completed his training in New York working with pioneers in the field of male reproduction. He has several sources of funding including CIHR.

Responsibilities

  • RNA & DNA extraction, library preparation and next-generation sequencing
  • Single Cell RNA sequencing, CRISPR gene editing, proteomics, qRT-PCR
  • Cell culture maintenance, transfections and transductions
  • Immunofluorescence, In situ hybridization, Western Blotting, FACS, Flow cytometry
  • Results preparation and reporting
  • Clinical sample and database management
  • Supply management, ordering and maintenance
  • Daily communication with PI and research team

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
  • Detail oriented & Strong problem-solving skills
  • Expertise with next-generation RNA sequencing and nucleic acid based techniques
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, team player

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

  • Cover letter
  • Current CV

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until January 25, 2018. No telephone calls or drop-in inquiries accepted. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Co-op Student (8-months), Cherkasov Lab

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for a full-time, 8-month, Science Co-op Student to join Dr. Art Cherkasov’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.

Cherkasov Lab
Dr. Cherkasov’s lab focuses on the development of novel cancer therapeutics. The lab consists of a multidisciplinary team working with state-of-the-art facilities on clinically translational projects.

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

Job Requirements
The co-op student will be responsible for characterization of novel inhibitors and exploring the molecular mechanisms of novel drug targets in cancer. He or She will gain experience in a wide variety of techniques in molecular biology, biochemistry and tissue culture including  experience in basic biology research methods, such as cell culture, western blotting, cloning, and PCR, qRT-PCR.

Preferred candidates for this position are 2nd, 3rd or 4th year Biology/Life Sciences undergraduates looking to gain exposure to a research laboratory. This position is suitable for students looking for an 8-month placement, with the possibility of extension after this period. Minimum qualifications include a solid foundation of scientific knowledge, basic lab skills (pipetting, using centrifuges and balances, measuring pH, dilutions), and strong organizational and communication skills. Experience with specific laboratory techniques (western blotting, qPCR, cell culture), and a previous co-op placement is an asset but not required.

NOTE: Please do not apply if you are a first year student.

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

  • Cover letter addressed to the attention of Dr. Kriti Singh
  • Resume
  • University transcript

NOTE: No telephone calls or drop-in inquiries accepted. Only those under consideration will be contacted. Thank you for your cooperation.

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

It's A Snow Day

It's A Snow Day: Friday March 8

It's A Snow Day at Mt. Seymour, a fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC, is being held on Friday March 8, 2019. Visit the event website for more details, and to register and/or sponsor a participant, or donate directly to Prostate Cancer Foundation BC.

10th Anniversary Ride to Live

West Coast Motorcycle Ride To Live: May 26th

The 10th Anniversary West Coast Motorcycle Ride to Live is taking place in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley on May 26 (Victoria date to be finalized), with details on the event and how to register on the event website.  This fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC includes a 50/50 raffle open to all BC residents over age 19.

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