BC Cancer Vancouver: Officer, Research Ethics

BC Cancer Agency
24 January 2023
Vancouver, B.C
Closing Date
Applications will be accepted until position is filled


Officer, Research Ethics

BC Cancer

Vancouver, BC

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time

Salary Range: $67,864 - $97,555. 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: 600 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4E6

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday; 0800-1600 or 0900-1700

Requisition #: 139585E

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.


The Officer, Research Ethics operationally reports to the Director, BC Cancer Research Ethics and is also accountable to the Chair and/or Vice-Chair of the BC Cancer Research Ethics Board (“REB”), and works collaboratively with UBC Office for Research and UBC Research Ethics Boards, as well as various provincial and national regulatory, academic, and health bodies.  The Officer is responsible for facilitating the operation and review of all aspects of research ethics, compliance, and integrity standards, policies, and procedures relating to human research (clinical and behavioural) undertaken at BC Cancer.

What you’ll do

  • Provide advice and guide industry sponsors or their representatives (eg pharmaceutical companies, CCTG, CROs, etc), the BC Cancer research community, as well as the REB Chair/Vice-Chair, and REB Committee members, with respect to legislative, regulatory, policy, and standard operating procedures for conducting human research at BC Cancer and UBC.
  • Review and monitor all human research ethics applications and relevant documents throughout the life of a project to ensure compliance with Canadian, US, and international legislation, regulations, and guidelines, as well as local (ie BC Cancer and UBC) policies and procedures.
  • Independently assess the risk level of all human research ethics applications and determine if they require full board review or meet criteria for minimal risk/delegated review.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of provincial, national, and international legislation, regulations, standards, and policies associated with human research participant protections, and along with the BC Cancer Director, Research Ethics, and REB Chair/Vice-Chair, identifies implications for BC Cancer and develop and implement processes, procedures, and policies to maintain compliance.
  • Analyze full board and minimal risk/delegated applications, amendments, and annual renewals, synthesizing identified deficiencies from study documentation, and making written recommendations as to compliance with legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures, and then distributing same to the REB Chair/Vice-Chair and/or members.
  • Proactively lead, develop and deliver education and training programs and tools, and lead awareness initiatives in collaboration with the Director and REB Chair to educate/train the BC Cancer research community, trainees, and REB members on areas related to compliance of ethical and other standards in research involving human subject, REB processes and procedures, and the RISe system.

What you bring

  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in a Health or Social Sciences discipline
  • Minimum of six (6) years of specialist expertise from working within a highly regulated environment such as research ethics or clinical research in a hospital or university setting with emphasis on regulations, legislation, and guidelines governing the protection of human research participants (in both Canadian and US contexts).

You have

  • Expert knowledge of medical, clinical and research (clinical and behavioural) terminology, and Canadian, US, and international legislation, regulation, guidelines and governance structures relating to human research and research ethics.
  • Ability to provide guidance and direction to others regarding the interpretation and application of Canadian, US, and international legislation, regulation, guidelines and governance structures relating to human research and research ethics.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively to prioritize a high volume of work to meet deadlines, resolve issues, and to be flexible to meet and adapt to changes in external and internal priorities.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and the ability to exercise judgment within a highly regulated environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to provide leadership and training to diverse stakeholder groups in order to promote an efficient and effective team based environment.
  • 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.

What we do

BC Cancer provides comprehensive cancer control for the people of British Columbia.

BC Cancer 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 BC Cancer 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.

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