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The BC Cancer Agency is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. BC Cancer Agency provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia in partnership with regional health authorities to deliver a range of cancer services, which include prevention, screening and early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. It operates six regional cancer centres in Surrey, Kelowna, Vancouver, Victoria, Abbotsford and Prince George, along with two research centres that conduct research into the causes and cures for cancer. 


BCCA is an agency 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.



BC Cancer Agency

Hereditary Cancer

Research Project Assistant

Reference #64851

Temporary Full-time (1.00 FTE)

Start Date: December 18,, 2017

End Date: December 28, 2018 (12 months)

Vancouver, BC

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 Research Project Assistant (RPA) performs a variety of duties of a knowledge based nature to assist the Investigator in the execution of research. The RPA provides support for research studies by completing duties such as conducting literature searches, compiling information, completing data entry and participating in analysis, formatting research presentations, and completing and updating web-based forms for research applications. The RPA prepares reports and documents for publication and is responsible for completing technically sound work independently with overall objectives provided by the supervisor.  The RPA prioritizes work assignments and analyses and interprets available information in order to make decisions affecting the completion and accuracy of their work and that of others.



• Conducts literature searches on various topics related to the program of study. The information is required to fulfill the mandate for the research program; it will be collected for members of the research program. 
• Creates and maintains various systems for document retrieval that are easily searched, including project resources and relevant articles. 
• Researches funding agencies and research groups and organizations so the project can have a map of other activities. 
• Assists staff with ethics applications, and recruitment and data collection of study participants for research projects. 
• Completes data entry and participates in the analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data. 
• Completes and updates web-based funding application forms for various research projects. 
• Compiles information, formats and designs relevant documents and reports for review by the team members and assists staff in report writing and proofreading documents. 
• Updates website with new projects and on-going research activities. 
• Coordinates meetings and conferences and takes minutes when necessary. 
• Provides planning, and coordination support for meetings and special events, such as workshops, conferences and health fairs, and prepares related material for public communications.



A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline (e.g. sciences, social sciences, healthcare, or communications), and two (2) years of experience conducting research project work. Experience conducting literature searches, participating in data entry and analysis, and report writing considered an asset. Knowledge of library database searching methods. Demonstrated computer skills including the ability to work in an intermediate Microsoft Office environment utilizing a wide variety of software. Demonstrated organizational skills. Ability to work independently and demonstrate good judgment. Demonstrated interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with others. Demonstrated ability to write articles, newsletters and reports. Ability to work under time constraints. Ability to work within an environment of changing priorities. Demonstrated ability to learn.


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