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Senior Scientist, Enteric, Zoonotic, and Vector-Borne Diseases - BC Centre for Disease Control

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Senior Scientist, Enteric, Zoonotic, and Vector-Borne Diseases

BC Centre for Disease Control

Vancouver, BC

Role Summary 

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. The Senior Scientist provides scientific expertise to guide provincial communicable disease control initiatives at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). The senior scientist designs projects and collaborates with other staff within the BCCDC to lead studies that intend to enhance communicable disease control in BC. The senior scientist leads and contributes to the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of medical/scientific processes, procedures and measures that align with BCCDC’s overall objectives and provincial mandate. The Senior Scientist works to develop research grants to attract external funding and works with other senior scientists to establish new initiatives.


What you’ll do

  • Acquires, analyzes, and synthesizes literature data related to enteric, zoonotic, vector-borne disease, and emerging issues in communicable diseases.
  • Designs, conducts, interprets and reports on studies in relation to disease outbreaks as well as public health surveillance. Prepares data collection instruments. Researches and develops tools, templates and techniques for effective management of studies.
  • Translates evidence to inform effective, efficient and innovative policy and practice approaches to communicable disease control in BC.
  • Prepares academic manuscripts and technical reports and disseminates findings including publishing work.
  • Prepares abstracts, posters, and oral presentations for conference submissions and other scientific venues.
  • Collaborates with external and internal partners to develop and complete analyses and/or evaluations.   
  • Prepares reports and proposals for grant applications to funding agencies such as CFI, CIHR, NIH and NSERC. Participates in project proposal reviews and progress reviews.
  • Keeps up-to-date regarding new initiatives, developments and trends in their area of specialty through literature review, contact with peers at other organizations, professional associations and attendance at seminars, workshop and education programs. Communicates information and makes recommendations to the Medical Director/content lead.
  • Shares scientific expertise with colleagues and learners at BCCDC, as needed.  

What you bring

Qualifications

  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a PhD in relevant field and seven (7) years of related research training/experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of relevant database, spreadsheet, statistical, graphical, presentation, communication and web software applications as appropriate.

You will also have

  • Superior analytical, problem-solving and system analysis skills including the ability to resolve complex issues and synthesize related data/information and present information in concise meaningful ways.
  • Ability to direct complex and customized queries and reports.
  • Ability to function in a self-directed manner.
  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with a variety of people.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate and respond to the needs of stakeholders supported by an acute awareness of the impact of actions.
  • Ability to handle multiple concurrent tasks.
  • Demonstrated strong data and statistical problem-solving ability and judgment.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in facilitating decisions and communications on input parameters into medical/scientific models.
  • Demonstrated flexibility in responding to program and strategic priorities.
  • 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.).

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: $102,938 - $147,974/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: 655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V5Z 4R4
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work:
Monday – Friday, 0800-1600 or 0830-1630
Requisition #
154716E

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

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. Learn more about PHSA and our programs: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services

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.

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 http://internaljobs.phsa.ca

Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of November 3, 2023. 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 internaljobshelpu@phsa.ca and a Help Desk Representative will contact you the next business day.

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