Monday, August 9, 2021

Job Opportunity at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. Senior Scientist, Environmental Health August 2021

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Senior Scientist, Environmental Health

BC Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver BC 

This Senior Scientist role is within Environmental Health Services at the BCCDC, reporting to the Scientific Director. The position will support ongoing research and surveillance related to environmental health hazards in British Columbia, and will develop new projects and tools to address emerging hazards, particularly related to climate change. Areas of immediate focus will include extreme hot weather events and wildfire to support evidence-based and equitable practice and policy for climate change adaptation in the province. The Senior Scientist must work closely with other groups within the BCCDC, multiple health system stakeholders, academic partners, and provincial, national, and international agencies responsible for environmental and climatological measurement and modelling. The ability to work effectively with large and complex geospatial and health datasets is required, and proficiency with R and/or Python is an asset.

What you’ll do

· Acquire and analyze data related to emerging issues in public health to provide accurate and timely information to guide public health interventions and public health policy.

· Design, conduct, interpret and report on studies in relation to a variety of public health programs, ensuring outcomes appropriately inform decision-making. Collaborate with external and internal partners to better understand their needs and to gain support. Formulate data collection instruments and prepares project charters. Research and develop tools, templates and techniques for effective management of studies.

· Develop recommendations and policy advice by providing reports to the Service Line Medical Director.

· Prepare academic manuscripts and technical reports and disseminates findings including publishing work as required. Prepare abstracts, posters, and oral presentations for conference submissions. Represent BCCDC in presenting information at scientific conferences as required.

· Prepare reports and proposals for grant applications to funding agencies such as CFI, CIHR, NIH and NSERC. Participate in project proposal reviews and progress reviews.

· Keep 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. Communicate information and makes recommendations to the Medical Director.

· Plan, coordinate and deliver instruction, training and direction to staff, medical residents, subspecialty fellows, medical undergraduates, graduate students, contractors and other health care professionals, technologists, student technologists and/or postdoctoral research fellows as required, in the theory and practice of public health programs.

What you bring

· A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a PhD in relevant field

· Seven (7) years of related research training/experience.

You will have:

· Advanced knowledge of relevant database, spreadsheet, statistical, graphical, presentation, communication and web software applications as appropriate.

· 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.

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 and development.

· Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, suh 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 spiritual and psychological health & safety programs.

· 12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.

· Flexible work options including flextime, work locations and job sharing (eligibility will vary)

· Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.

Regular, Full-Time
655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, V5Z 4R4
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Monday to Friday;  08:30-16:30
Requisition Number: 112283

What we do

BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is dedicated to preventing and controlling communicable disease and promoting environmental health for the province.

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:

PHSA is 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.

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 August 16, 2021. 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.


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