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The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) provides provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, prevention and consultation and provides both direct diagnostic and treatment services to people with disease of public health importance.


The BCCDC is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates selected 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.


Senior Scientist – Food Safety

BC Centre for Disease Control

Regular Full Time

Vancouver, BC


The Senior Scientist leads the Food Safety team and provides expert consultation to the Office of the Provincial Health Officer on provincial food safety issues and to the regional Health Authorities on local concerns related to food safety. The Senior Scientist collaborates and communicates with a variety of agencies and organizations, for e.g., Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, universities and industry on related food safety issues.


The Senior Scientist is responsible for ensuring that work performed by the team meets high standards of scientific rigour, timeliness and is relevant to internal and external clients. The Senior Scientist initiates and conducts research related to BCCDC’s role in environmental health and produces summaries of recent evidence and best practices on a variety of food safety issues. The Senior Scientist also plays an important role in informing food safety policy development as well as facilitating the implementation of new food safety policies. The successful candidate will ideally have a University affiliation and will and will participate in the training and professional development of public health practitioners at the graduate level.


This is an outstanding opportunity for a senior scientist with a level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a PhD in a relevant field and at least seven (7) years of experience in supervising scientific and technical staff, reviewing technical and scientific work and applying scientific knowledge to practice and policy. You are familiar with the environmental policy and practices in the Canadian context and bring extensive knowledge related to food safety in a public health context.  


You must possess superior communication, 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. Proficiency in relevant database, spreadsheet, statistical, graphical, presentation, communication and web software applications is required. You have the ability to direct complex and customized queries and reports and function well in a self-directed manner. You are able to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills with a variety of people coupled with solid verbal and communication skills and are able to easily communicate complex issues to a range of audiences. Demonstrated ability to anticipate and respond to the needs of stakeholders is supported by an acute awareness of the impact of actions. Your flexibility is coupled with the ability to handle multiple concurrent tasks. Your ability to exercise independent judgment in facilitating decisions and communications on input parameters into medical/scientific models rounds out your skills.


We invite you to apply online for this position by sending a letter expressing your interest and your curriculum vitae, in confidence, to:


Akosua Tomash

Advisor, Talent Acquisition


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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The 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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