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).

 

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Laboratory Research Assistant, Dong Lab

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for a temporary (two year-term), full-time Laboratory Research Assistant to join Dr. Dong’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.

Dong lab studies 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.

Further information on Dr. Dong and his laboratory can be found at https://www.prostatecentre.com/about-us/people/dr-xuesen-dong

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, and generates 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.
  • provides supervision to trainees.
  • recruitment of trainees as required.
  • 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.
  • carry out any other related duties as required in keeping with the qualifications and requirements of this position.

Qualifications

  • Minimum BSc. (MSc. preferred) in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics or a relevant Life Science degree.
  • Demonstrated solid molecular and cellular skills. Experience with CLIP-Seq or animal handling is considered an asset.  
  • 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.
  • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Reliable, motivated, and detail-oriented.
  • ability to work effectively and efficiently both in a team environment and independently.
  • experience creating standard operating procedures considered an asset.

Salary

  • Starting salary range for this position is $45,904 - $51,293 per annum.

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

  • Cover letter
  • Current CV

NOTE: This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. However, we prefer to have someone who can start in September 2021. No telephone calls or drop-in inquiries accepted. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

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.

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: 
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Laboratory Research Assistant, Nappi Lab (Application deadline: September 26, 2021)

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for a temporary, full-time Laboratory Research Assistant to join Dr. Lucia Nappi’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. 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. A start date of October 1, 2021 is preferred.

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 September 26, 2021. No telephone calls or drop-in inquiries accepted. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

Date Posted: 
Thursday, September 9, 2021

Postdoctoral Fellow, Nappi Lab

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has an exceptional opportunity available for a Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Nappi Lab to join our research team. For MD applicants, clinical fellowship to be integrated with lab work may be considered.

The Vancouver Prostate Centre
Dr. Nappi is a clinician scientist medical oncologist. The Nappi laboratory’s main research focus is the study of molecular mechanisms mediating resistance to the targeted and chemotherapy agents in genitourinary tumors, drug discovery and identification of new biomarkers for the diagnosis and treatment response in patients with genitourinary malignancies.

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

Qualifications and Requirements

  • PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology or similar.
  • MD with lab experience or MD with PhD preferred.
  • Minimum three years related laboratory experience.
  • Proven ability to work independently.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Statistical data analysis and database management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Organized and detail-oriented team player with strong interpersonal skills.

Salary
Salary for this position is $60,000 per annum.

Application Procedures
To apply for this position, please email careersatprostatecentre [dot] com with subject line Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Nappi 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.

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

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Breast & Prostate Cancer half-day virtual conference: Saturday, September 18th, 2021

The What you Need to Know for Your Patients Post Breast & Prostate Cancer Conference, taking place online on Saturday, September 18th, 2021 from 8:00am – 1:30pm, is an accredited virtual half-day conference focusing on screening, treatment, side-effect management & emerging new therapies for breast & prostate cancer patients. Click here for more information and to register. 

Dr. Peter Black, team captain

Terry Fox Run fundraiser: September 19th, 2021

The 41st Annual Terry Fox Run is taking place on Sunday September 19, 2021. If you are able, please consider donating to our team (tax receipts issued), raising funds for the Terry Fox Foundation's ground-breaking cancer research. 

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Recent publication proposes a potential new therapeutic approach to treatment-resistant prostate cancer

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Dr. Cherkasov receives 2021 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award

Dr. Cherkasov