How to Apply 

Applicants interested in pursuing graduate or postdoctoral training in The Department of Molecular Oncology, please e-mail us directly at careersmolonc@bccrc.ca. Please include the following documents when applying:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Statement of your research interests and experience 
  • Transcripts 
  • Contact information for two or three references

Research Administration Coordinator

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.

Research Assistant/Tech 3 – Animal Research Technician

JOB SUMMARY

Researchers in the Department of Molecular Oncology at the BC Cancer Research Centre use the latest technologies to rapidly identify genes that are involved in the development of cancer. This position will be involved in performing research in drug pharmacology directed at human tumours, with assays in immunodeficient mice (xenotransplants).

ORGANIZATIONAL STATUS

The successful applicant will report to the Principal Investigator or his/her delegate and may assist in overseeing technical work of students and trainees.

WORK PERFORMED

  • Plans and performs experiments utilizing complex procedures and/or techniques.
  • Processes tissue samples and carries out primary cell isolation as instructed.
  • Carries out laboratory techniques following standard operating protocols ages, tables, graphs and charts.
  • Maintains both laboratory and laboratory records of both animal data and experimental data; when require summarize results in research reports and lab presentations.
  • Assists in the daily care of transgenic animals and maintains colonies of human tumour bearing immunodeficient animals.
  • Carries out and oversees procedures involving immunization, oral gavage, injections, tumour innoculation, tumour volume measurements, blood and tissue collection, surgical procedures, necropsy, and post-operative care.
  • Daily health monitoring and care of laboratory animals.
  • Be able to recognize and resolve behavioral and/or housing issues; may provide technical instruction and training for other staff and/or trainees
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • On a rotation basis, must be available for emergency calls 24/7 and respond appropriately.

 CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR

The work is of a complex nature, tasks are assigned and the incumbent exercises a considerable amount of responsibility, initiative and judgment in determining own work schedule to achieve those tasks. Noncompliance with ARC regulations may result in closure of facility. Noncompliance with animal protocols may result in loss of grant funding.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

The successful applicant will report to the Principal Investigator or designate.

SUPERVISION GIVEN

The successful applicant will assist in training graduate students/trainees including instruction in use of lab equipment and procedures and will troubleshoot experiments in their area of expertise.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute.A postgraduate degree in Science is preferred.
  • CALAS certification (e.g. RLAT) is an asset.
  • Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with cell culture and aseptic technique preferred, involving both isolation and maintenance of rodent primary cultures and cell lines.
  • Experience in the use and handling of hazardous materials such as biological agents and cytotoxic drugs is essential.
  • Experience in the monitoring and management of human tumour bearing animals.
  • A working knowledge of the CCAC guidelines and compassion and sensitivity for animals.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact positively and productively with other team members are essential.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • The successful candidate must be well-organized, conscientious, understand the importance of detail, and be able to multi-task and prioritize duties effectively.

Coordinator, Research Funds Services

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 Administrator, Research Business Operations, the Coordinator, Research Funds Services provides research financial reporting and administration on assigned grant funded programs. The responsibilities include monitoring research projects and research grant budgets, coordinating the development and submission of research financial reports, liaising with PHSA restricted funds finance team to ensure grants financial information is accurately maintained, monitoring and tracking receipts and disbursements and assisting with the management, allocation and coordination of  research funds among Partners and Stakeholders.

                                                               

Duties/Accountablilties

  • Monitors research expenditures and reviews and analyzes research financial information of assigned grant funded programs for the Administrator,  Research Business Operations, and Research Project Managers to assist with planning budgets. This includes pulling appropriate research general ledger accounting information, performing review of research accounts and classifying financial information for reporting, invoicing and budgeting purposes. Ensures research budgets remain within allowable spending limits by tracking and monitoring receipts, disbursements and expenses of general accounts. Investigates and identifies errors/discrepancies and creates journal entries to correct accounting records and maintain research financial information integrity.
  • Prepares and reviews research purchase orders and expense claims to ensure applicability and correct expense coding. Verifies appropriate back-up provided and ensures compliance with PHSA policy as well as external funding agency policies. Identifies/determines if expense claim is allowable and makes suggestions on alternative options, if necessary. Follows up with vendors on outstanding credits or erroneous billing as well as cheque payment requests and facilitates payment options by ensuring that required information is obtained (cheque payment, wire transfer, credit card, etc.)
  • Performs periodic reconciliation of the research general ledger, research corporate card purchases, research capital expenditures, research payroll reports and receivables to ensure accuracy and timely follow-up.
  • Prepares research billing invoices based on the general ledger on a weekly, quarterly and ad-hoc basis to ensure timely collection of revenue from external funding agencies. Ensures research payments are received in full and follows-up on outstanding bad debt accounts.
  • Communicates internally with Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and PHSA Finance and provides direction on account coding to accurately reflect nature of research financial transaction. Monitors and reconciles research shadow accounts held at UBC and SFU by pulling the general ledger held at these institutions to ensure accurate and complete yearly reporting of funding received. Communicates with the universities regarding accounting discrepancies and generates journal entries and/or invoices to reflect accurate research financial information.
  • Monitors research reporting/invoicing due dates and coordinates timelines to ensure that deadlines are met. Compiles and prepares research financial reports/invoices as needed (quarterly, yearly, etc.) and ensures that expenditures reported are in compliance with spending guidelines and GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles). Identifies under/over-expenditures and recommends options to ensure that the research project stays within budget.
  • Provides support during annual and interim audits by compiling research general ledger information and ensuring proper documentation is kept on file. Provides analysis to identify/explain journal entries as required by the auditor. Coordinates periodic research financial and annual reports as required by granting agencies, PHSA , partner universities and stakeholders to ensure information is summarized according to guidelines.

                                                               

Qualifications

A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Diploma in Accounting/Financial Management or pursuing a professional designation program and preferably three (3) years of recent related experience in a multi government institutional setting, including experience working with national and international granting and funding bodies.

Knowledge and experience in working with General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in a university/life science environment. Knowledge of grant management and familiarity with granting agencies and their guidelines and policies. Working knowledge of the university/health care funding process and procurement practices is an asset. Demonstrated ability to conduct oneself in a professional and confidential manner.  Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills.  Demonstrated ability to productively use word processing, excel spreadsheets, financial reporting and project/budget management applications.  Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.  Ability to work independently with minimal direction. Ability to handle workload pressures and demonstrated ability to prioritize.  Ability to supervise junior staff.

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.

Graduate Student Position

Two graduate student positions are available at the Department of Molecular Oncology, BC Cancer Research Centre for the development of novel radiopharmaceuticals for detection and radiotherapy of cancer. The graduate student candidates will register through the Interdisciplinary Oncology Program (www.iop.ca), University of British Columbia, and pursue either an MSc or PhD degree.

The student candidate will conduct research on the design and synthesis of imaging probes and radiotherapeutic agents targeting biomarkers overexpressed in cancers. Research activities will involve the production and isolation of radioisotopes, peptide and multi-step organic synthesis, and radiolabeling small molecules, peptides and antibodies with imaging or radiotherapeutic isotopes.

Qualified candidates should have a bachelor degree preferably in chemistry with interests in organic or medicinal chemistry. The ability to conduct research in a collaborative environment is required including good oral and written communication skills in English. For more information regarding application for the Interdisciplinary Oncology Program at the University of British Columbia, please check the following website: www.iop.ca

Before applying, interested student candidates should first contact:
Dr. Kuo-Shyan Lin
Senior Scientist, BC Cancer Research Centre
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
E-mail: klin@bccrc.ca

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