Careers

We are an international group of lifelong learners and innovators expanding the world’s knowledge with cancer research. Working under the leadership of Dr. Samuel Aparicio, we are an interdisplinary group of individuals from all walks of life. Physically located at the BC Cancer Resarch Centre in the heart of Vancouver, BC, we are an academic non-profit research lab affiliated with the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

As researchers, we strive to invent and apply the newest technologies to uncover findings in our unparalleled sample collection, producing world-class research regularly published in high-impact journals. As staff, we bring our unique talents and experiences to building a unmatched foundation of scientific and software support to aid in the drive to discovery.

We seek like-minded individuals looking for academic lifestyle, personal growth and a meaningful contribution to health, science and research.

Job Summary

The candidate would work within a dynamic and vibrant lab with a proven track record of outstanding achievements and contributions in breast oncology research. This position allows the candidate to contribute bold and innovative research that can be translated to new understanding in the evolutionary processes that drive cancers.

This position’s primary focus in the lab will be to lead and to participate in projects involving the investigation of functional genomics using sequencing and expression data for breast oncology and cancer evolution. Using the wide network of connections and collaborations of the principal investigator, and extensive biomedical resources at the institution, candidates will be able to build on the existing research of the lab to quickly start up their own research projects.

The position will provide a unique opportunity for mentoring trainees, supervising analysts and interacting with industry. This is an excellent platform to receive outstanding training to gain the important skills for a successful medical research career in academia or industry.

This funded position with the University of British Columbia, at the BC Cancer Research Centre allows the candidate to flourish under the guidance of an experienced mentor

Organizational Status

The Postdoctoral Fellow will play a leadership role in the Aparicio lab, and will be reporting directly to Dr. Samuel Aparicio who is the primary investigator of the laboratory.

Work Performed

Management and supervision of trainees; May be involved in recruitment and training of trainees; Performing regular reviews of the relevant literature; Planning and designing of experiments; Analyzing, interpreting and compiling data in study reports, presenting results, and participating in the preparation of scientific manuscripts and grant application packages; Updating Dr. Aparicio and the group on the status of projects during lab meetings, in email correspondence and phone conferences; Managing projects with key academic and industry partners. Minimum Qualifications

PhD degree in the computer science, bioinformatics or equivalent At least 4 years experience in bioinformatics research Experience in genomics and next-generation sequencing Extensive knowledge of cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics Experience with cancer research a plus Proven ability to multi-task in a deadline oriented environment with minimal supervision Effective oral and written communication, analytical, and interpersonal skills Excellent organizational skill and ability to learn new skills quickly Ability to work independently and within a team environment. Accuracy and attention to detail required Candidates should demonstrate the ability to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment. Supervision Received

Works independently under direction of PI, Dr. Samuel Aparicio Opportunities to work collaboratively with Industry partners and other researchers at UBC and globally Supervision Given

Assists and oversees research assistants and students as required Assists and provides guidelines to other research members, as required How to Apply

Exceptional candidates should submit a cover letter outlining your research interests and fit with the laboratory’s research, curriculum vitae, and the names of three referees willing to provide letters of reference.

Due to the number of resumes we receive, we are unable to confirm receipt of submissions over the phone, or provide the status of the competition. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Email to apply: careersmolonc@bccrc.ca

Please put Bioinformatics PDF in the subject line.

Job Summary

In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.

Reporting to the Department Head or designate, the Research Administrative Coordinator, BC Cancer Research Centre is responsible for providing support in areas of human resources, payroll, grant and research administration. This role, on behalf of Principal Investigators (PI’s) and leaders, monitors payroll and financial cost centres through to resolution of payroll issues. The Research Administrative Coordinator also provides administrative support including managing the grant application process and providing work direction to junior administrative staff in the team.

Duties/Accountablilties

In collaboration with the Principal Investigator(s) (PIs) coordinates the preparation and submission of grant proposals by identifying submission guidelines, collating information required and ensuring submission deadlines are met. Follows up with the granting agency on the submission of proposals, monitors post award financial accounts to ensure accuracy. Provides progress reports, highlights discrepancies and provides recommendations to resolve discrepancies and budget concerns to the PI(s) as appropriate. Interacts with a variety of individuals and agencies such as universities and granting agencies both national and international. Ensures flow of information with internal and external stakeholders regarding grant related matters and makes arrangements for visiting speakers and guests. Human resources responsibilities include recruitment of staff by posting/advertising internally and externally (UBC), coordinating interviews and screening applications for review by hiring supervisors. Manages new hires orientation process in the department and ensures all safety and personnel documentations are in place according to policies, guidelines and legislations. Ensures all hiring, appointment and payroll processes such as new hire letters and timekeeping are complete for employees. Liaises with various PHSA units such as Payroll and Human Resources and in some cases, UBC to ensure a seamless process and minimize errors. Brings issues and recommendations of remedies to department head or designate for approval. Acts as the main contact for ordering supplies for the department and approves lab and office supplies by performing duties such as submitting purchase requisitions and obtaining authorizing signature as necessary. Manages and processes various requisitions such as travel, expense reimbursements, cheque requests, and honorariums for the Department Head and PIs. Acts as liaison with various departments of BCCA/PHSA including purchasing, stores, and finance to obtain information and follow-up on the status of outstanding issues and requests. Coordinates registration and travel arrangements for staff attendance at seminars and meetings. This includes completing registration (on-line or phone), abstract submission, making travel and lodging reservations, culminating expense reimbursements to the attendee and/or cost recovery from the conference organizers as appropriate. Provides work direction to junior and contract administrative staff including orientating new staff and assigning and reviewing work, coordinating work assignments to ensure completion, answering questions and providing support, ensuring policies and procedures are followed and providing input to performance evaluations as required. Qualifications

A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Diploma in a relevant area such as business administration or finance from a recognized college plus three (3) years’ recent related experience a research environment and in project management. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to demonstrate good judgment, tact and discretion. Detail oriented and able to complete accurate work in a timely matter. Demonstrated time management skills and ability to assist others in meeting deadlines. Knowledge of and experience with grant applications. Knowledge and experience in budget preparation, tracking expenditures and identifying sources of variance. Proficient in scientific and medical terminology. Ability to work both independently and as team leader to organize work and manage multiple priorities in a fast paced environment. Demonstrated ability to make sound decisions and resolve administrative issues/problems. Fully proficient in the use of a variety of software packages including word processing, spreadsheets and databases and related equipment. Demonstrated ability to evaluate personal work and existing systems and identify areas for improvement. Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

To apply: please send your Resume and cover letter to careersmolonc@bccrc.ca

Please put “Research Administrative Coordinator” and your full name in the subject line.

We are seeking a highly-motivated post-doctoral fellow (PDF) with strong leadership ability and expertise in single cell genomics and transcriptomics, and a strong background in molecular biology. The successful applicant will work full-time under the supervision of Dr. Samuel Aparicio. The position start date is flexible.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Aparicio lab is developing new single cell genome and transcriptome methods for tracking clonal trajectories at single cell level in patient tissues and patient-derived xenografts (PDX). A PDF position is available in the Aparicio lab based at the BC Cancer Research Center in Vancouver, Canada, collaborating on an exciting project mapping clonal dynamics in human cancers with new single cell methods. The post holder will have the opportunity to interact as part of the international CRUK Grand Challenge IMAXT project, bringing new measurement methods and computational techniques to the 3D reconstruction of tumours, and mapping drug sensitivity and drug combinations using sgRNA/CRISPR methods in vivo. The program works closely with the Shah computational biology program, based at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, on the development of new models for single cell data and cancer evolution. Some experience with bioinformatics approaches to biological data and familiarity with handling of genomics data will be an advantage.

ORGANIZATIONAL STATUS:

Aparicio Lab is located in the department of Molecular Oncology at BC Cancer Research Center in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The candidate will report directly to Dr. Samuel Aparicio, and will play a senior leadership role in the laboratory.

WORK PERFORMED:

Provide leadership, strategic direction, and translational research pertaining to single cell genomics and transcriptomics, and CRISPR methods. Design and implement research plan to investigate the clonal dynamics in human cancer through single cell methods. Design and conduct animal experiments. Conduct in vivo testing or characterization of drugs, small molecules, knockouts or antibodies in relevant PDX animal models. Foster research collaborations and work jointly with academic, clinical, industry, and other partners. Scientifically document lab experiments, data analysis, interpretations. Write manuscripts, present results at internal and external meetings. Identify funding opportunities and if required write or assist with grant proposals Lead and mentor junior trainees/students in the laboratory CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR:

This is a senior research position that plays a critical role in the development of this novel field. PDF is accountable for the quality and integrity of the research and data, including analyses and interpretation, as well as the effective and efficient management of research projects and deliverables. This position requires innovation, strategic planning, and adaptability. Incorrect decisions or actions may damage the reputation of the laboratory, lead to loss of credibility in this field, and be financially costly.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

The PDF will work with a high degree of independence and set priorities under broad directives from Dr. Aparicio. The PDF will be expected to provide direction and mentoring in the laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Aparicio. This position will also provide the candidate with a high level of exposure to single cell genomics and translational research, as well as, providing opportunities to work collaboratively with industry partners and other researchers globally.

SUPERVISION GIVEN:

The PDF will be expected to provide mentorship and guidance to undergraduate, graduate students and other research members as required.

QUALIFICATION:

Ph.D. in biology, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, genomics, or similar discipline. The candidate should have a solid scientific and technical background with excellent written/oral communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. Preference will be given to candidates with a proven track record with a minimum of 2-3 first author publications in reputable journals. Proficiency in cell biology, molecular biology, histology, genetics, genomics, next-generation sequencing and biochemistry techniques. Demonstrate the ability to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment. Experience with cancer research. Expertise and hands-on experience in animal studies, including all aspects of design, handling, breeding, tissue collection, histology, and analyses are essential. Familiarity with testing/characterization of small molecule or drug in vivo is preferred. Previous biochemical/cell biology and molecular biology experience with single cell genomics / transcriptomics, next generation sequencing, drugs screen and PDX modeling is an asset. Experience with statistical analyses and scientific writing. Previous experience with grant writing is an asset. Experience with bioinformatics approaches to biological data and familiarity with handling of genomics data is an asset. Applicants with experience and a strong track record with large drug target screening, single cell methods, and PDX mouse models are especially encouraged to apply. To apply: Please send your Cover Letter, CV, Transcript and Work Sample to careersmolonc@bccrc.ca

Please put your full name and job title “Post-doctoral Fellow (PDF) Single Cell Genomics, Molecular Biology” in the subject line.

As a physician-scientist, the key philosophy of Dr. Aparicio’s program has been to provide a strong multidisciplinary environment for training of highly qualified personnel (HQP). His former trainees (career total 90) have gone on to success in academia: 1 institute director, 3 as PIs and others in medicine or in senior positions in industry or postgraduate education. All of his graduate students have been successful in securing national (CIHR, NSERC) or provincial (Michael Smith Foundation, CBCF BC/Yukon) competitive salary support and two of the four postdoctoral fellows are supported by independent peer reviewed salary awards from international (Australia), national (CBCF) and provincial (MSFHR) funding bodies. See the stories of some of them:

Charles Soong

Associate for McKinsey and Company


Adi Steif

Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity College


Courteney Lai

Research Scientist at AbCellera


Arusha Oloumi

Scientific Advisor for Mesothelioma for Bristol Myers Squibb


Gavin Ha

Assistant Professor at Fred Hutch


Gulisa Turashvili

Assistant Professor at University of Toronto


Angela Burleigh

Dermatology Resident Physician at UBC


Anamaria Crisan

Senior Research Scientist Staff at Tableau Software


Sohrab Shah

Chief of Computational Oncology at MSKCC


Darren Saunders

Associate Professor of Medicine at UNSW Sydney


Cristian Brocchieri

Global Medical Director at Roche


Nuno Morais

Research Group Leader at Instituto de Medicina Molecular


Alan Christoffels

Professor at South African National Bioinformatics Institute

Benefits

As researchers, we are fortunate to have the generous support of donors and grants that enable our pursuit of cutting-edge science. Our close collaboration with physicians and doctors at BC Cancer, across Canada and internationally allow us unparalleled access to patients and cases that we owe our success to. Finally, we share close collaborations with UBC professors that empower a majority of our interdisciplinary work.

As staff, we enjoy a healthy work-life balance and meaningful contributions to science. We aim to have an atmosphere of fun and learning, working in a small but amazing team of individuals helping make a difference in the world. Employed under both PHSA and UBC, we enjoy generous benefits include vacation, insurance and pension.