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BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is the only facility in British Columbia devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns, and families. It provides a broad range of specialized women’s health services that address the health needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. BCW is one of the largest maternity facilities in Canada, with approximately 7,000 births per year and is both the major primary and secondary maternity services provider in the Lower Mainland and the cornerstone of the provincial tertiary care system. As an academic health centre, BCW’s mandate includes providing strong leadership in research and supporting education and professional development of health care professionals in areas related to the health of the populations we serve.

BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province’s most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the Child and Family Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.

BCW and BCCH are agencies of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Patients first • Best value • Results matter • Excellence through knowledge • Open to possibilities.

Laboratory Scientist – Microbiology

Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,

BC Children’s and Women’s Hospitals

Regular Full-time Opportunity

Vancouver, BC

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is seeking a Ph.D. Laboratory Scientist for the Division of Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control. Our laboratory serves highly acute tertiary care pediatric and maternal services at our local hospital sites, and provides urgent reference pediatric support to other hospitals throughout the province. Through our affiliation with UBC, we provide teaching for medical residents and medical laboratory technology students, and contribute to the medical literature through lab-based or collaborative research.

As Microbiology Laboratory Scientist, you will be part of a team that includes Medical Microbiologists and registered medical laboratory technologists, providing timely and accurate diagnostic test results. Your role will be to develop and implement tests, with a focus on rapid nucleic acid amplification and sequencing assays. Duties will include the hands-on development and validation of new assays as well as troubleshooting and quality assurance for those already in use. As such, the Laboratory requires a scientist with a Ph.D. in microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or other related field, and a minimum of 2 years of experience involving the development of nucleic acid-based assays for micro-organisms. Familiarity with molecular software and online sequence databases is required, as is an organized approach to data collection, interpretation and presentation for this accredited clinical service. The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written English language skills for presentation and publication of work, and good interpersonal skills are essential for this highly collaborative position. This opportunity should prove to be both challenging and rewarding, as the work directly affects the lives of children and women in our province.

To apply, please send a letter expressing your interest, and your curriculum vitae in confidence to:

Peter Tilley, MD, FRCPC

c/o Shanlea Gordon

BC Children’s Hospital

4500 Oak Street

Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1

e-mail: shanlea.gordon@cw.bc.ca

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit.  We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities

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