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.

Job opportunities in the Department of Urologic Sciences are listed here (opens in new window).

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.

Page updated August 5, 2022

 

Date Posted: 
Monday, June 6, 2022

Laboratory Research Assistant, Daugaard Lab

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for a regular, fulltime Laboratory Research Assistant, Daugaard 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. Further details on VPC and its research programs are available at www.prostatecentre.com.

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. To learn more about Dr. Mads Daugaard and his research visit www.prostatecentre.com/about-us/people/dr-mads-daugaard.

Project description

The successful applicant will be part of an exciting project focused on characterization and development of novel antibody drug conjugate targeting a distinct oncofetal glycosaminoglycan modification to proteoglycans expressed in solid tumors. The successful applicant will  perform in-vivo experiments to support the project.

Responsibilities

The successful applicant will be working in a team structure with research trainees and project managers. Responsibilities include:

  • Following tutorial documents, procedures, methods and study protocols to provide a proficient level of support for in-vivo studies.
  • Performing various in-vivo methods in a proficient and technically competent manner (e.g., dosing, sample collection, physiological monitoring).
  • Handling of rodents.
  • Implementing data management and documentation practices.
  • Effectively and professionally collaborating with management, veterinarians, peers and research partners to support in-vivo studies.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience

  • Bachelor of Science degree in relevant scientific field such as biochemistry, biology, biomedical engineering, molecular biology or similar field. Masters degree preferred.
  • Minimum of two years of relevant in-vivo tumor experiment experience required (SQ/IP/IV injections, caliper measurements, bioluminescent imaging, standard mouse handling).
  • Demonstrated proficiency with in-vivo methods (e.g., dosing, sample collection, monitoring) and lab procedures. Cell culture experience strongly preferred.
  • Flow cytometry experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of cancer biology and immunology.
  • Proven ability to work independently.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with frequent direction and supervision and to seek assistance when needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish effective work relationships and participate in a team culture.
  • Flexibility: ability to work occasional weekends and statutory holidays as required.

Compensation

Starting salary range for this position is $50,000 to $60,000 per annum. Initial salary is dependent upon work experience and skillset.

Application Procedures

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

  • Cover letter that includes a motivation statement, a qualification statement, and the names and contact information of three references.
  • Current CV

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

Date Posted: 
Monday, June 6, 2022

Program Coordinator, Prostate Cancer Supportive Care

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for a regular, fulltime Program Coordinator to join our Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) 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, 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.

Prostate Cancer Supportive Care
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. Further details on the program are available at https://pcscprogram.ca/

Responsibilities
The Program Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the PCSC program and provides support to the Program Manager, members of the PCSC team and collaborators. The Program Coordinator is actively involved in liaising with external stakeholders, and supporting quality assurance and quality improvement. This requires organizing the educational and clinic schedule for the program, serving as the central point of contact for program participants and external stakeholders, coordinating quality assurance activities, and providing administrative support to various committees and working groups.

This will include:

  • Coordinate day-to-day operations of PCSC program, enroll patients and their families into program and serve as a point of contact. Responsible for scheduling patients for upcoming sessions and keeping them aware of relevant program information via e-mail/mail. Will be responsible for obtaining any necessary consent forms.
  • Attend evening education sessions monthly to welcome patients, take attendance, answer patient questions and present the content of the module
  • Responsible for data entry and tracking patients in PCSC program in a central database. Work with Program Manager to assist with ongoing improvements and maintenance of central database.
  • Lead monthly team meetings to discuss updates across all modules of program and update staff on any ongoing and upcoming projects. 
  • The Program Coordinator will also be responsible for preparing content for several monthly program newsletters, keeping program web page up-to-date and developing/maintaining promotional material for program as necessary.
  • Covers Medical Office Assistant when on vacation or absent.
  • Plan and organize annual Pacific Northwest Prostate Cancer Conference and medical education conferences.
  • Conducts outreach in community to advertise and promote program. Will require travel at times.
  • Attends Provincial Working Group meetings and takes minutes.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Decision Making/Level of Accountability/Extent of Authority
Moderate level. Role is responsible for gathering information, making recommendations to Program Manager and other members of the research team.

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

Supervision Given
None.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, Life Sciences or Psychology. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum four years relevant research and administrative experience, preferably in a psychosocial/biomedical area
  • Solid communication and presentation skills, with demonstrated expertise communicating with patients in a professional manner. Ability to maintain confidentiality essential.
  • Computer literate, including solid Microsoft Office skills and database expertise. Experience using EMR software preferred.
  • Demonstrated teamwork, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated initiative and willing to learn
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work.
  • Ability to work under time pressures to meet deadlines and handle interruptions and changing priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, analyze, implement and problem solve independently as well as the ability to work in the context of a team and participant centered environment.
  • Willing and able to work evenings as required

Compensation
The salary range for this position is $50,830 - $73,068 per annum, plus benefits including a defined benefit pension plan, extended health and dental coverage, and paid annual vacation. Starting salary to be determined based upon education and experience.

Application Procedures
To join our team, please email careersatprostatecentre [dot] com with subject line Program Coordinator, PCSC with the following items attached:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume

Closing Date: Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified

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.

Date Posted: 
Monday, June 6, 2022

Laboratory Research Assistant, Rakovina Therapeutics Inc. (not currently accepting applications)

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for a temporary, fulltime Laboratory Research Assistant, Rakovina Therapeutics Inc. to join the research team of Dr. Mads Daugaard. This is a 12-month contract with possibility of extension.

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

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. To learn more about Dr. Daugaard and his research, visit www.prostatecentre.com/about-us/people/dr-mads-daugaard.

The successful applicant will be part of an exciting project developing several classes of novel PARP inhibitors in collaboration with Rakovina Therapeutics Inc. To learn more about Rakovina Therapeutics Inc., visit https://www.rakovinatherapeutics.com/.

Responsibilities
The successful applicant will be working in a team structure with research trainees, research assistants, and a project manager. Key aspects of the job include effectively planning and performing a variety of in vitro assays, including western blots, flow cytometry, immunofluorescence. Technical competence and proficiency with aseptic cell culture methods and general laboratory procedures is required. This position will also include some in vivo work. Responsibilities include:

  • Optimizing and performing in vitro laboratory assays, including cell culture, compound screening, western blot, flow cytometry, immunofluorescence, and commercially-available activity assays
  • Timely and accurately recording of data and procedures
  • Collecting raw data and performing data analysis
  • Creating and implementing SOPs
  • Writing study reports and communicating data to the research team
  • Monitoring and maintaning laboratory equipment and reagents
  • Effectively and professionally collaborating with management, peers and research partners
  • Implementing necessary precautions while handling potentially hazardous materials

Qualifications, Skills, and  Experience

  • BSc with minimum 2 years of relevant experience or MSc in relevant scientific field such as biochemistry, biology, biomedical engineering, molecular biology or similar field
  • Demonstrated experience with cell culture techniques is required
  • In vivo experience highly preferred but not required
  • Flow cytometry experience preferred
  • Demonstrated basic understanding of cancer biology
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • Friendly, organized, and detail-oriented team player
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with frequent direction and supervision and seek assistance when needed
  • Demonstrated computer literacy
  • Flexibility: ability to work occasional weekends and statutory holidays as required

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

  • Cover letter that includes a motivation statement, a qualification statement, and the names and contact information of three references.
  • Current CV

NOTE: Submitted applications are currently being reviewed. We are not accepting new applications at this time. No telephone calls or drop-in inquiries accepted. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cherkasov Lab

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

This position is located within a health-care facility. Therefore, this position requires successful verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 provided prior to the start date, as required by the provincial health mandate.

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

Cherkasov Lab
Dr. Artem Cherkasov is a Professor in the Department of Urologic Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, and Senior Scientist at the Vancouver Prostate Centre. His research interests include computer-aided drug discovery (CADD), structure-activity modeling, drug reprofiling, new cancer therapeutics discovery and development of novel CADD tools and applications.
More information on Dr. Cherkasov and his team can be found here: Dr. Art Cherkasov | Vancouver Prostate Centre

Qualifications and Requirements
Dr. Artem Cherkasov is looking for a talented Postdoctoral Fellow with a demonstrated research background and experience in computer-aided drug design. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work on exciting drug discovery programs providing cutting-edge Deep-learning docking strategy to support structure-based and ligand-based virtual screening and lead optimization.

  • Strong problem solving and efficient communication skills.
  • Strong Deep-learning programming experience with GPUs.
  • Statistical data analysis and database management skills.
  • Strong python, bash, Perl, awk, and SVL programming skills.
  • Strong portfolio of open-source software available on GitHub.
  • Solid background in computational chemistry, biological chemistry, organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry and pharmacokinetics.
  • Hands-on experience in structure-based and ligand-based drug design and compound library design.
  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art modeling and cheminformatics tools such as MOE, Schrodinger, OpenEye and ICM suite of programs.

Duties
Reading published papers and adapting procedures accordingly. Liaising with collaborators and present research findings in international conferences. Preparing manuscripts to high impact journals. Assisting with research proposals to be submitted to granting agencies.

Application Procedures
To apply for this position, please email careersatprostatecentre [dot] com with subject line Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Cherkasov 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: 
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Laboratory Research Assistant, Nappi Lab

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for a temporary, fulltime Laboratory Research Assistant to join Dr. Lucia Nappi’s research team. This is a 12-month contract, with the possibility of extension based upon satisfactory performance.

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. To learn more about Dr. Nappi and her research visit: www.prostatecentre.com/about-us/people/dr-lucia-nappi.

Position Summary
The Laboratory Research Assistant provides technical support to the scientific research team, planning and conducting research experiments, evaluating test results, creating customized reports and research records. Significant supervisory/project management duties frequently required at more senior levels.

Responsibilities

  • plans and conducts tests, experiments, takes samples and evaluates results
  • selects, develops, and evaluates research methods
  • collects raw data, creates and maintains databases, research related reports
  • operates broad scope of laboratory equipment and ensures laboratory equipment is kept in clean, in working order, performing basic maintenance as required
  • monitors inventory of lab supplies and ensures proper storage of materials and supplies
  • may supervise others, be responsible for complex/high impact projects.
  • 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 working with radiation.
  • other duties as assigned

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.
  • demonstrated knowledge of research laboratory best practices and techniques
  • willing and able to complete all required safety training, both at point of hire and on an ongoing basis
  • willing and able to work occasional shift work as required
  • ability to work effectively and efficiently both in a team environment and independently
  • computer literate
  • excellent communication and organizational skills

Salary

  • Starting salary for this position is $47,000 per annum.

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

  • Cover letter
  • Current CV

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until August 7th, 2022 at 11:59pm. No telephone calls or drop-in inquiries accepted. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

 

Date Posted: 
Friday, August 5, 2022

Co-op Student, Flannigan Lab

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for a full-time, 4 to 12-month, Science Co-op Student to join Dr. Ryan Flannigan’s research team beginning in September 2022. This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a research-oriented, creative and dynamic environment.

This position is located within a health-care facility. Therefore, this position requires successful verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 provided prior to the start date, as required by the provincial health mandate.

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.  The Vancouver Prostate Centre 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.

Flannigan Lab
The Flannigan Lab is a precision-regenerative medicine lab studying mechanisms of severe male infertility and regenerative strategies to generate sperm in a lab using bio-engineering approaches. Research involves multiple platforms for single cell sequencing and multi-OMICs investigations of clinical biopsies, in addition to human iPSC cell differentiation, organoids and 3-D bioprinting. The student will gain experience in basic biology research methods such as cell culture, but will also gain experience in advanced applications such as organoids, 3D bioprinting and iPSC cells.

Job Requirements
Preferred candidates for this position are 3rd or 4th year Biomedical Engineering/Biology/Life Sciences undergraduates looking to gain exposure to a research laboratory. This position is suitable for students looking for a minimum 4-month placement, with the possibility of extension up to 12-months. Minimum qualifications include a solid foundation of scientific knowledge, basic lab skills (pipetting, using centrifuges and balances, dilutions, cell culturing), and strong organizational and communication skills. Experience with specific laboratory techniques (cell culture, RNA extraction, 3D bioprinting), 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, Flannigan Lab with the following items attached:

  • Cover letter addressed to the attention of Dr. Ryan Flannigan
  • 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

Pars for Prostate fundraiser: September 22, 2022

The First Annual Pars for Prostate golf fundraiser in support of Prostate Cancer Foundation BC takes place September 22, 2022 at Westwood Plateau Golf Course. For information and to register please visit www.parsforprostate.ca

Dr. Black

Terry Fox Run fundraiser: September 18th, 2022

The 42nd Annual Terry Fox Run is taking place on Sunday September 18, 2022. If you are able, please consider joining and/or donating to our team (tax receipts issued), raising funds for the Terry Fox Foundation's ground-breaking cancer research

Employment

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

With just a tablespoon of blood, B.C. researchers aim to transform cancer treatment

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Dr. Govind Kaigala appointed Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Govind Kaigala