Research Associate

University of British Columbia

Job Class
College Non Bargaining

Job Title
Analysis Affiliate

Turvey Laboratory Division of Paediatrics College of Drugs

Posting Finish Date
December 8, 2023

Notice: Functions will likely be accepted till 11:59 PM on the day previous to the Posting Finish Date above.

Job Finish Date
Feb 28, 2025

Minimal beginning wage will likely be $70,000 every year and will likely be commensurate with {qualifications} and expertise.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE – Division of Pediatrics

The UBC Division of Pediatrics based mostly on the BC Youngsters’s Hospital Analysis Institute, invitations purposes for a Analysis Affiliate to affix a multidisciplinary translational analysis program with particular targets of making use of genomics know-how in monogenic uncommon ailments.

At BC Youngsters’s Hospital, there are numerous sufferers who are suffering from uncommon undiagnosed issues. Estimates recommend that one-third of kids who’re admitted to the BC Youngsters’s Hospital have uncommon genetic ailments, and about 50% of the hospital’s spending is devoted to caring for these youngsters because the majority of uncommon ailments current with critical complicated circumstances. Many of those affected sufferers and households should undertake a irritating, time-consuming, costly and painful journey in quest of a prognosis, also called the ‘diagnostic odyssey’.

The Turvey laboratory is an brisk and collegial group devoted to enhancing the well being of kids. The success of the Turvey lab is very depending on collaborative interactions, between lab members and with exterior analysis companions. Present work within the lab consists of the Precision Well being Initiative/Uncommon Illness Discovery Hub (PHI/RDDH), a hospital-wide initiative that goals to enhance our understanding of genetic mechanisms underlying uncommon illness. The PHI/RDDH, is a single level of entry and coordination for patient-facing precision well being analysis tasks and ‘thriller’ sufferers at BCCH that gives assist and course on how one can entry applied sciences, experience, and assets onsite and within the broader analysis neighborhood (e.g. UBC). The PHI/RDDH acts to bridge scientific and analysis teams throughout BCCH with a concentrate on integrating processes and applied sciences surrounding precision well being analysis. Training across the transformative subject of Precision Well being is a key part of the Precision Well being initiative, and will likely be a core part of the duties for the place.

The Analysis Affiliate will contribute to the planning, growth, implementation, and analysis of the PHI/RDDH, collaborating and consulting with clinician researchers, well being professionals, and trainees to design and full research that contribute to improved affected person care on the BC Youngsters’s Hospital (BCCH). The incumbent will work immediately with affected person recruitment consultants and can lead evaluation, and subsequent reporting and metrics, which would require intensive bioinformatics expertise. Additional, the Analysis Affiliate will coordinate and handle the computational assets wanted for evaluation of ‘omics’ information, together with native infrastructure and thru collaboration with UBC and Canadian (e.g. Compute Canada/NDRIO) companions. The Analysis Affiliate can even conduct precision health-related coaching and training throughout the BCCH web site, together with analysis and scientific employees and trainees.


  • Management position in advancing precision well being analysis at BCCH.

  • Collaborates with different researchers and clinicians to share information and methods for affected person recruitment and information evaluation.

  • Interact with BCCHR researchers and BCCH clinicians to construct connections throughout the location.

  • Establish acceptable scientific and analysis teams to contain for distinctive precision well being circumstances.

  • Create and ship precision well being training and coaching to scientific and analysis employees and trainees.

  • Liaise the IT companions (each by means of BCCHR and associates e.g. UBC) to optimize entry to assets mandatory for fulfillment of the Precision Well being initiative.

  • Handle native computational infrastructure and develop coaching supplies for its utilization.

  • Leads evaluation methods for multi-omics research of uncommon illness sufferers.

  • Presents analysis findings at conferences and associated analysis occasions.

  • Participates within the analysis, choice, planning and launch of know-how and software program options to additional analysis targets.

  • Prepares and leads the event of content material for educational manuscripts, technical experiences, analysis proposals, and displays.

  • Retains up-to-date with new purposes, know-how, and algorithmic developments and helps greatest practices.

  • Performs different associated duties, as required.


Training and Expertise:

  • A degree of training, coaching, and expertise equal to a PhD in a related subject and a minimal of seven (7) years of laboratory analysis expertise.

  • Candidates ought to have intensive expertise using and decoding informatics strategies or collaborating with informatics consultants (e.g., in uncommon ailments) to grasp and combine   totally different precision well being profiling information (e.g., genetic, metabolic, and associated biomarker information), with current publications on this subject.

  • As established observe report of growing and delivering academic supplies and seminars to quite a lot of analysis and clinical-based audiences.

Expertise and Skills:

  • Superior analytical, downsidefixing and system evaluation abilities together with the power to resolve complicated points and synthesize associated information/info together with presenting that info in concise and significant methods.

  • The power to elucidate complicated ideas to a big selection of elementary and scientific analysis audiences.

  • Expertise working with affected person information in a safe and confidential method.

  • Demonstrated sturdy information and statistical downsidefixing skill and judgment.

  • Potential to train unbiased judgment in facilitating selections and communications on enter parameters into medical/scientific fashions.

  • Potential to perform in a selfdirected method.

  • Wonderful skill to speak successfully each verbally and in writing.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal abilities with quite a lot of folks.

  • Wonderful time administration abilities.

  • Demonstrated skill to anticipate and reply to the wants of stakeholders supported by an acute consciousness of the impression of actions.

  • Potential to deal with a number of concurrent duties.

  • Demonstrated flexibility in responding to program and strategic priorities.

This place will start as quickly as potential. This can be a full time one-year time period appointment topic to annual renewal.

Please submit by way of electronic mail a curriculum vitae and a letter of software together with an announcement of areas of experience and strengths and the names of three referees, no later than 30 days after posting to: [email protected]

This place is situated inside a health-care facility, subsequently, the profitable candidate will likely be required to supply verification of full vaccination in opposition to Covid-19 offered previous to the beginning date, as required by a provincial well being mandate. 

This supply is conditional upon profitable completion of a Prison File Verify.

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