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Data Scientist - BC Cancer - Vancouver

Vancouver, Canada

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We enable health services providers to become leaders in providing patient-centered health care, using enterprise standards and frameworks to deliver useful information and clinical tools reliably and consistently, anytime, anywhere. IMITS manages over 300 applications across business, clinical and research environments, serving over 50,000 front line, administrative and research staff to enable over 4.8 million patient encounters a year. As a successful candidate, you will deliver support to enable PHSA, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care (PHC) to become leaders in providing patient-centered health care. You have initiative, vision, independent thinking and creative problem solving abilities, as well as excellent communication skills.

  • Job Type: Full-Time, Part-Time, Temporary, Casual, Contractor
  • Job Level: Entry, Mid, Senior
  • Travel: Minimal

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What does it take to be a successful Laboratory team member at PHSA? Check out the top traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.

  • Analytical
  • Communicator
  • Creative
  • Focused
  • Problem Solver
  • Technologically Savvy


Information Management/Information Technology Services (IMITS) is a service of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages, and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. IMITS boasts a complement of 800 full-time staff who provide tech support and services to 50,000+ staff across PHSA, Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people, Be compassionate, Dare to innovate, Cultivate partnerships, Serve with purpose.

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“No two days are the same. It's a lot of analysis, a lot of thinking. If you like to pull things apart and bring them back together and make it something better.”

Shukri Ahmed

Clinical Lead

“I haven't been in any other workplace where the managers or teams have been so supportive of my development or pushing me to try new things.”

John Panzo

Business Analyst, Project Services

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“We are fortunate to have an amazing team of intelligent, reliable and dedicated professionals. Our health care system depends on a number of systems and technologies to function correctly and efficiently, and your commitment to this organization does not go unnoticed. Thank you for the incredible contributions that you make - not only enable the health system today but to help transform the system for the future to improve patient and provider experiences.”

Shannon Malovec

Executive Vice President, Digital Health & Information Services


Benefits vary by job type and are confirmed in the interview and hiring process.

  • Healthcare

    Extended Health and Dental Benefits

  • Health and Wellness Programs

    Discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs

  • Retirement Plans

    Enrollment in defined benefit municipal pension plan

  • Professional Development

    The opportunity to grow and advance your skill set in a large scale environment

  • Work/Life Balance

    We encourage "YOU" time for activities that inspire and motivate

  • Collaboration

    Work with individuals bringing expertise from a variety of backgrounds

Job Details

Data Scientist - BC Cancer - Vancouver Vancouver, Canada
Job ID 2419751_pl355 Date posted 06/26/2024

Data Scientist

BC Cancer 

Vancouver, BC

The Data Scientist acts in accordance with the cognitive computing priorities of BC Cancer to build and increase capacity and support for our cognitive computing learning systems to create and enhance insights gained from analyzing quality data. The Data Scientist is adept at using large data sets and machine learning models to find opportunities for product and process optimization as well as to test the effectiveness of different courses of action. They use a variety of data mining / data analysis techniques and utilize their knowledge of the full AI product lifecycle of development, testing, implementation, and maintenance. The Data Scientist will drive business results with their data-based insights and works with a wide range of stakeholders and functional teams. The Data Scientist will discover solutions hidden in large data sets and work with stakeholders to improve business processes and outcomes.

What you'll do

  • Work as a senior data scientist and strategist for Data and Analytics, to foster and develop a solid and sustainable data science foundation and competency for BC Cancer
  • Work closely with clinical and leadership teams across BC Cancer programs and the health authority to strategize, develop, and implement AI products
  • Identify, clean, and integrate large sets of structured and unstructured datasets from disparate sources for use in advanced analytical models and products
  • Use advanced ML processes to convert data from non-functional forms, such as unstructured text or scanned image text, to functional forms ready for use in further ML models
  • Use advanced ML models to identify patterns, trends, and opportunities that can make predictions or reduce workload to make a significant impact across various domains within BC Cancer
  • Lead the process of implementation of ML models into production by collaborating with developers and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate analytic solutions to leadership and apprise leadership of AI product status throughout the various stages of the product lifecycle
  • Implement improvements as needed to already implemented AI products

What you bring


  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a PHD in Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science or another quantitative field
  • 5-7 years of experience working with large datasets and machine learning models.
  • Advanced skills in AI product design and the analysis of quantitative data for the purpose of creating actionable insights and measureable impact.

You have:

  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, processes, procedures and methods involved in data analysis, statistical methods, and machine learning.
  • Expertise in planning, organizing and coordinating AI product activities.
  • Proficiency with using advanced machine learning methods, machine learning software packages, and manipulation of large datasets. Knowledge and experience in statistical and data mining techniques including but not limited to: GLM and other regression, Bootstrapping, Random Forests, Boosting, Trees, text mining, social network analysis, simulation, scenario analysis, clustering analysis, decision trees, neural networks, and other methodology.
  • Computer code, querying databases, and using statistical computer languages: Python, SQL, R, SAS and others Experience with distributed data/computing tools: Map/Reduce, Hadoop, AWS, Hive, Spark, Gurobi, MySQL, or similar.
  • Visualizing/presenting data for stakeholders using: R, ggplot, Tableau, PowerBI, Matplotlib, D3, Periscope/Sisenseor other.
  • Knowledge synthesis and translation activities. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment.

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, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • 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).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time

Salary Range: $106,026-$152,413/year.The starting salary for this position would be determined with consideration of the successful candidate’s relevant education and experience, and would be in alignment with the provincial compensation reference plan. Salary will be prorated accordingly for part time roles.

Location: 601 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4C2

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday; 0830-1630

Requisition Number: 168268E

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

What we do

BC Cancer provides comprehensive cancer control for the people of British Columbia.

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

(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.

Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA and BC Cancer 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.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.

ATTN: PHSA Employees:

To be considered as a PHSA employee (internal applicant) for this position, you must apply online via your internal profile at

Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of July 3, 2024. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.

If you have not registered your internal profile, a password is required to log in for the first time. To obtain your password, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk at 604-875-7264 or 1-855-875-7264. Please note regular business hours are Monday – Friday (excluding stats), 8:30am to 4:30pm. For inquiries outside of regular business hours, please email the Internal Jobs Help Desk at and a Help Desk Representative will contact you the next business day.


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