Job Reference Number: RA-R00006-2021-02-22

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 part-time temporary basis.  This restriction would be re-evaluated upon re-contracting*

Role Summary

Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences (GSC) at BC Cancer is looking for a Research Associate to work within the Technology Development Group (Biochemistry), to assess or develop new technologies that will continue to propel the GSC forward at the leading edge of science. Such work may, for example, include  the evaluation of leading technologies that emerge in the marketplace, and the development of novel genomic technologies, such as those that support large-scale provincial and national projects, including BC Cancer’s Personalized OncoGenomics program, the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) PROFYLE project and the TFRI-led Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network—a major federal initiative co-developed with GSC involvement to accelerate the adoption of cancer precision medicine in Canada.

Working in the Technology Development Group (Biochemistry), under the direction of the Director of the GSC and directly reporting to the Group Leader, the successful applicant will help test, devise, develop and implement ‘omic technologies in the laboratory, as well as analyze, propose and present innovative workflows to increase the efficiency of genomics activities. We seek an engaged, enthusiastic team player with excellent bench and computational skills, a demonstrated ability to design and conduct well-controlled experiments, and a passion for genome science.

Main Responsibilities

  • Test and/or develop novel and efficient methods to enable the scale and throughput the GSC requires to operate at the leading edge of its fields.
  • Perform pilot or “custom” experiments, which may require e.g. following protocols published in the literature, or modifying an existing production protocol to meet specific project needs.
  • Provide support to production groups, such as drafting Standard Operating Procedures, training production staff, and troubleshooting exercises.
  • Summarize and analyze data and results, and formally present findings in meetings and discussions, including at local, national and international meetings Interact closely and in support of group leaders and their teams to address priorities and project timelines          
  • Co-author scientific manuscripts related to research and technology findings.
  • Co-develop research grant applications.
  • Contribute to quarterly and annual reports for research projects.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Education and experience

  • PhD in a life sciences-related discipline, or MSc with 3 years demonstrated experience in genomics, or molecular biology. Knowledge or experience in e.g. high-throughput, large-scale DNA sequencing and genomic library production would be a plus.

Skills and abilities

  • Molecular Biology.
  • Knowledge and experience in laboratory automation.
  • Knowledge of science and technologies pertaining to cancer genomics.
  • Knowledge and experience in operating a laboratory information management system (LIMS) is advantageous.
  • Experience with formal quality assurance systems is advantageous.
  • Experience with high-throughput sequencing is desirable.
  • Experience in a supervisory role is an asset.  

To Apply

Please send a copy of your resume and a detailed cover letter to with the subject title, Research Associate Position RA-R00006-2021-02-22.

While we are looking to fill this position as soon as possible, please note that this position will remain open until filled.

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

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