The Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control

Scientist in Health Services Research and Cancer Survivorship – BC Cancer, Vancouver

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Regular Full Time
Vancouver, BC

The BC Cancer Research Institute (BC Cancer) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) faculty position at the rank of Scientist. The successful candidate must be eligible for a faculty appointment at a BC Cancer Partner University. BC Cancer will facilitate this appointment process.

BC Cancer, a part of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life for those living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, 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. For more information, visit

We are seeking a Scientist in health services research and cancer survivorship to develop a mixed-methods research program using qualitative and quantitative data. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in an interdisciplinary program of health services, health economics, outcomes, evaluation and patient-oriented research. The candidate must be committed to building a significant research program within CCR at BC Cancer, emphasizing methodological and applied health services research to improve the health and well-being of cancer patients, survivors and their families. In addition, the candidate will be expected to develop research aimed at addressing some of the challenges of the Covid-19 era, including new virtual health models of care for cancer patients and survivors.

CCR has a number of internationally recognised core research programs directed toward the reduction of incidence and mortality from cancer, sustainability of cancer care, and alleviating the burden of suffering from cancer. The Department is home to nationally and internationally recognized scientists in cancer epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, health services research, cancer prevention and survivorship. In addition, CCR has a large core group of research staff engaged in population–based cancer research including etiology, molecular and genetic epidemiology, occupational and environmental risk factors, gene-environment interaction, biostatistics, and data sciences.

The ideal candidate with have a PhD in health services research or related field, as well as at least three years experience in research. Following Canadian Institutes of Health Research definitions, PhDs in health services research include doctoral training programs that incorporate a degree, concentration or specialization in health services research and policy research, or related fields such as health economics, health technology assessment, patient-centred health outcomes and evaluation, and decision analysis.

Preference will be given to researchers who have expertise in health services research and cancer survivorship, with a strong emphasis on mixed-methods. The applicant’s research profile should provide a close fit with CCR’s core mandate. The applicant will also have knowledge of cancer research more generally and will actively interact and collaborate with other cancer research scientists and clinicians at BC Cancer.

A successful candidate would be expected to obtain a cross appointment Simon Fraser University (SFU) as part of the cancer survivorship research collaboration between the Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU and BC Cancer. The candidate will also need to show demonstrated ability to achieve excellence in teaching and will be expected to participate in the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate teaching activities at the University in their field of expertise.

Key attributes of the successful applicant will include the ability to initiate and sustain a successful internationally recognized research program as indicated by significant contributions to multiple high impact publications, acquisition of peer-reviewed funding from national or international agencies as a principal investigator and as a co-investigator, invited presentations, reviews for journal articles and grants, and strong references by recognized arm’s length authorities in her or his research discipline.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, detailed summary of research interests and impact of anticipated research program (maximum 5 pages), statement of teaching accomplishments and interests, and have at least 3 reference letters (one must not be a co-author).

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.


For further details about this position you may contact:

Dr. Stuart Peacock, Head, Department of Cancer Control Research, BC Cancer


Please send all application documents by PDF in one file to: Ms. Magali Coustalin, Operations Manager, Cancer Control Research, BC Cancer. Email:

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