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BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is the only facility in British Columbia (BC) 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 and the Neonatal Program is the hub of the provincial quaternary care system. BC Women’s is one of the largest maternity facilities in Canada, with about 7,200 births a year, and is both the major primary and secondary maternity services provider in BC’s Lower Mainland region and the cornerstone of the provincial tertiary care system. As an academic health centre, BCW’s mandate includes providing strong leadership in research through the BC Women’s Research Institute and education in partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC) as well as 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 and pediatric patients with chronic medical disorders, and provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC. BCCH offers a wide range of health services and specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, in partnership with the UBC. The pediatric residency program and 16 pediatric subspecialty training programs are accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 

BCCH and BCWH 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: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose. 


Genomics Specialist
Division of Genome Diagnostics
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
BC Children’s Hospital & BC Women’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC
Temporary Full Time 0.80 FTE
Term: December 2017 – September 2018 or until return of incumbent 


The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital, is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual with excellent communication skills to join the Division of Genome Diagnostics as a Genomics Specialist. The Department provides the province’s pediatric and obstetric populations with tertiary/quaternary laboratory care. The Division of Genome Diagnostics is responsible for providing academic pediatric, adult, and maternal-fetal medicine care for the province of BC, primarily focused on the diagnosis of inherited disease and syndromes using genetic and genomic approaches. 


The successful candidate will work collaboratively with a team that includes the Division Head, Medical, and Technologist staff, providing timely and accurate diagnostic test results. Your role will be to support the interpretation of genetic variants and oversee the development, operational implementation, and maintenance of the clinical bioinformatics infrastructure. The successful candidate will be required to build relationships with individuals across diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise; thus, requiring the interpersonal skills and ability necessary to work with individuals at all levels throughout the organization. In addition, the successful candidate will possess excellent time management skills, a demonstrated ability to anticipate and respond to the needs of stakeholders and handle multiple concurrent tasks. This is a hands-on position that should prove to be both challenging and rewarding, as the work directly affects the lives of children and women in our province. 


Applicants must hold a PhD in Human Genetics, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology or Molecular Biology, with two (2) years of post doctoral or equivalent experience in next generation sequencing (NGS) data and variant analysis. Education and expertise in the area of human genetics and genomic analysis, including associated quality assurance, is required. Proficiency in compiling data in an organized approach necessary for the interpretation of genetic variant pathogenicity and utilizing and applying bioinformatic tools and databases relevant to clinical genetics and genomics is required. Experience with commercial NGS analysis software, statistical analysis methods and database resources is required, as is experience developing and managing internal databases for NGS data. Familiarity with computational infrastructure for NGS testing and analysis in a clinical environment would be an asset. 


We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Salary and hospital rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted and evaluated on an ongoing basis until a suitable candidate is found. 


To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, letter expressing your interest, and contact information for three references to: 


Dr. Tanya Nelson                                              
Head, Division of Genome Diagnostics             
BC Children’s & BC Women’s Hospitals


Applications will be accepted until October 10, 2017. 


For more information about the BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, please visit the website at: and 


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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