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Biostatistician, Epidemiology - BC Centre for Disease Control

Biostatistician, Epidemiology

BC Centre for Disease Control

Vancouver BC


As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.


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 Lead, Influenza & Emerging Respiratory Pathogens Team and working within that team, this Biostatistician position will provide analytical/statistical support of surveillance, applied research and evaluation activities, notably SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and influenza vaccine effectiveness, to inform real-time risk assessment and program and policy recommendations. Opportunities to contribute to study design, analysis plan, peer-reviewed publication, and presentations. Statistical skills and ability to use a variety of software tools, notably R and SAS, including macros and SQL, with related data management, data cleaning, analysis and visualization skills important. Experience in health care and especially public health considered an asset.


What you’ll do:


  • Develop statistical models and conduct analyses with rigorous coding, documentation and record-keeping.
  • Create and manipulate datasets using appropriate software and analyzes data to provide statistical reports. Investigate new methodologies and generates statistical models in consultation with other experts. Investigate and address validity issues; highlight strengths and limitations of analytical approaches.
  • Contribute to study and database design, analysis plans, and methodological approaches and conduct statistical analyses in support of related investigations of the Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network (SPSN) under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and Medical Lead of the Influenza and Emerging Respiratory Pathogens Team within the Communicable Diseases and Immunization Service, at the BC Centre for Disease Control, notably pertaining to vaccine and communicable disease monitoring, prevention and control.
  • Provide consultation to epidemiologists, other data analysts, medical leads and external stakeholders on study design and statistical methods, including data collection, verification and analysis approaches from development through implementation and interpretation. Develop user-friendly applications/macros.
  • Communicate with the faculty at UBC and members of study and protocol teams, as well as key stakeholders such as medical health officers and others in regional health authorities and peers in other jurisdictions at the provincial and federal level as required for collaborative work.

What you bring:


  • A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master's degree in biostatistics.
  • Five (5) years of recent related experience in in a health analytics, health research or health information field.
  • Experience with analysis/interpretation of medical/health related data such as Epidemiology, Health Services Research, and Biostatistics and in particular in the areas of public health, communicable disease and/or vaccines.


You have:

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Proficient skills in accuracy and attention to detail. 
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft operating systems, Excel, Access, Word.
  • Demonstrated ability to use statistical software including SAS and R and to perform computer programming and database querying.
  • Knowledge and understanding of legal and ethical requirements for data sharing and linkage.
  • Strong evidence of self-directed, self-motivated and independent analytical and research skills.
  • The ability to prioritize, implement and oversee multiple time-sensitive projects.


What we bring


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.


Job Type: Temporary Full-Time (until December 10, 2023)
655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4R4
Hours of Work: 
Monday-Friday; 0800-1600
Requisition # 


What we do


The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is dedicated to preventing and controlling communicable diseases and promoting environmental health for the province of BC.


BCCDC is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).


The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.


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PHSA and BCCDC are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.



ATTN: PHSA Employees:


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