About us

Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) at BC Cancer is an international leader in genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics for precision medicine. By developing and deploying genome sequencing, computational and analytical technology, we are creating novel strategies to prevent and diagnose cancers and other diseases, uncovering new therapeutic targets and helping the world realize the social and economic benefits of genome science.

Learn more about how the GSC is Bringing Genomics to Life.

Why work at the GSC

As the first genome centre to be established within a cancer clinic, our story began by thinking outside of the box. From being the first in the world to sequence the SARS coronavirus during the 2003 global outbreak, to publishing the first study demonstrating the use of whole-genome sequencing to influence personalized cancer treatment planning in 2010, our passion for pushing scientific frontiers continues to this day.

Our technology platforms enable the transformative science being done at the GSC, but it is our world-class team of scientists and innovators that make it happen. By joining the GSC you will become part of a diverse and dedicated group of biologists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, computational biologists, biochemists, engineers and clinicians. We look for people who share our core values—science, timeliness, and respect—to join us in our mission to provide genomics, bioinformatics and proteomics technology and expertise for the benefit of human health and society.

We believe that diversity and inclusivity are essential for the advancement of human knowledge and science. We welcome all applicants and provide all employees with equal opportunity for advancement, regardless of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, conviction of a criminal or summary conviction offence unrelated to their employment.

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

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the position would require working remotely on a part-time temporary basis.  This restriction would be re-evaluated upon re-contracting.*

Role Summary:

Based in Vancouver, Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Science Centre (GSC) at BC Cancer is looking for an Assistant in the Employee Relations team.

Under the direction of the Manager, Employee Relations, the Assistant requires strong attention to detail to maintain a number of documents and record information in various HR systems. 

The Assistant maintains confidentiality within the department and organization.

If you are an enthusiastic new graduate or are at an early stage in your career, please read on as we’d love to hear from you!

 Key accountabilities:

  • Time and attendance: Uses the established time and attendance system to enter and track staff attendance and verify shift hours. Enters all leave forms into system accurately and efficiently.
  • HRIS: Supports HR and Finance as required by submitting eForms.
  • Employee documentation and reports preparation: Creates, collects, distributes, scans and files a variety of documents and reports for audits or other purposes. Downloads, prepares and maintains reports as needed by the HR team.
  • Employee & Collaborator files: Sets up and maintains online and paper files for current and terminated employees and collaborators using a records information system ensuring compliance with corporate records management standards.
  • Ensures that documentation is filed accordingly and in place for accreditation purposes.
  • Creates Onboarding and Offboarding tickets for collaborator account requests. Monitors updates on tickets and forwards as appropriate.
  • Books meetings for the team and coordinates supplies as appropriate.


  • A level of education, training and experience equivalent to the completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or similar field, plus one-year recent related experience. Possession of a CPHR certification and prior work experience in an HR role in a research environment would be an asset.
  • Excellent organization skills and ability to prioritize and exercise initiative.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including demonstrated ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy.
  • Superior accuracy and outstanding attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience delivering a high level of customer service.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and deal with highly sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Strong administrative skills and knowledge of office procedures and filing systems (electronic and paper).
  • Advanced skills using Microsoft Office suite and ability to learn and navigate new systems.

To Apply:

Please send a copy of your resume and a detailed cover letter to bcgscjobs@bcgsc.ca.

Please note that this position will remain open until filled; however, we anticipate to start interviews in mid-January 2021.

We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for the next step will be contacted.

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