Reporting to the Associate Director, Research Analytics, the Senior Data Analyst manages the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) internal databases, ensuring the extraction, timely updates, high performance and integrity of the data. The position will create data linkages, extract data and develop and prepare information products for staff and stakeholders, creating clean redundant datasets or reports. Educates and supports the Data Analysts regarding the necessary database updates and actions required. The Senior Data Analyst will analyse healthcare data from conceptualization through to the software presentation understanding of analytical tools (SAS, Oracle SQL, and Excel) and data management methodology. The Senior Data Analyst contributes to the development of new datasets, provides improvements to the process and will lead the dataset creation of special projects as required.

  • Demonstrated high proficiency with SAS and SQL software.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with relational databases, large datasets and multiple data sources.
  • Ability to validate and audit data.
  • Ability work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability working with information systems and data files, including large and complex files: analysing file structure, transforming raw data into finished products.
  • Knowledge of Oracle Databases, including data extraction and cleaning.
  • Ability to self-motivate, with managerial, leadership and project management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, organizational, multi-tasking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment.

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field such as Computer Science, Epidemiology, Mathematics, Medical Health Information or an equivalent combination of education training and experience.
  • Undergraduate or graduate coursework in statistics, data analysis or research methods are an asset.
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ recent related experience providing data extraction, cleaning and merging plus experience supervising and managing large complex datasets.

  • Manages data for epidemiological cohort-based studies, including updating, cleaning and editing data for quality assurance.
  • Prepares reduced datasets specific to the projects by understanding project requirements, needs and restrictions, ensuring data is clean and accurate. Collects variables from multiple databases to create datasets.
  • Instructs the Data Analyst Team on necessary actions with regards to database updates; oversees data updates within established timeframes.
  • Leads special projects in the dataset creation process, lending data expertise and actionable insights. This includes operational and data warehouse projects.
  • Supervises Data Analysts providing training, education and establishment of work flow.
  • Codes and develops SAS macros to merge data and provide linkages from a variety of databases/ data sources to extract into database or for further analysis.
  • Develops complex SAS macros and scripts, datasets and reports for stakeholders.
  • Evaluates data quality, applications, and functions, makes changes to the output process when necessary. Contributes to the development of new datasets. Provides improvement in data delivery and presentation. Presents data to Principle Investigator and outlines the data requirements in the creation of the dataset.
  • Follows privacy protocols maintaining confidentiality as required.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

For more information and to apply:

Posting Number: PHC19-120275


Reporting to the Director, Administrative Services, BCCSU, the Front Desk Office Assistant provides a variety of clerical support for the BCCSU such as greeting visitors, answering telephone calls, answering general enquiries and referring enquiries as appropriate; opening, screening and distributing incoming mail and processing outgoing mail; scheduling appointments, managing meeting room calendars, updating databases, handling confidential information, typing a variety of information utilizing various word processing, faxing, photocopying and ordering supplies.

  • Demonstrated ability in handling sensitive and confidential information.
  • Working knowledge of office practices and procedures.
  • Intermediate skills using a variety of software programs (MS Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook; Internet).
  • Ability to multitask, organize and prioritize workload.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to adapt, be flexible to changing priorities and demands under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing including grammar, spelling and proofreading skills.
  • Ability to anticipate potential problems / conflicts and take appropriate action.
  • Ability to keyboard at 50 WPM.
  • Ability to deal effectively in challenging situations.
  • Ability to take initiative to develop and improve systems, procedures and processes.


Completion of an Office Administration Certificate plus two years’ of recent, related office experience or an equivalent combination on education, training and experience.

  • Performs reception duties such as greeting and directing visitors, answering general enquiries and referring enquiries as appropriate.
  • Reviews and flags for appropriate action of day-to-day incoming material and confidential correspondence including mail, e-mail and voicemail. Processes and prioritizes information, screens, triages and acts upon requests and enquiries, including confidential and sensitive information.
  • Opens, screens, sorts and distributes incoming mail and redirects as appropriate for response as required.
  • Processes outgoing mail, arranges courier pick-ups, and sends and receives faxes.
  • Performs telephone reception duties such as receiving and screening telephone calls, redirecting callers to voicemail or as appropriate. Updates and creates distribution lists for a variety of directories.
  • Maintains equipment and stationery supplies according to department needs and budget by identifying depleting items, completing appropriate requisitions to order replacement items and verifying receipt of items by comparing order received to purchase order. Organizes and maintains the central supply room. Utilizes the E-Pro, Royal Printers, Vancity Couriers, and Grand and Toy websites to order supplies.
  • Prioritizes own daily reception duties and workload including mail, e-mail, and voicemails to ensure deadlines are met. Takes initiative and identifies inefficiencies in office procedures and makes recommendations to the Director, Administrative Services.
  • Coordinates and monitors usage of supplies including Blacktop taxi vouchers for the department.
  • Manages and coordinates Howe building passes for all BCCSU employees. Acts as primary liaison between the fourth floor and the property management company. Advises of facility-related concerns brought forward by staff, such as maintenance issues.
  • Arranges maintenance and repairs on department equipment such as fax, photocopier, and printer and takes appropriate action with reference to warranty information.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

For more information and to apply:

Posting Number: PHC19-120149


Reporting to the Clinical Research Lead, the Clinical Research Manager works closely with the BCCSU's research and clinician scientists in the development and implementation of various clinical research activities. The Clinical Research Manager will provide oversight, leadership, operational and regulatory/quality assurance support for the clinical research projects conducted at the BCCSU.

  1. Leads clinical research team operations and supporting Research Scientists in the operational oversight of 10-15 clinical research staff including:
  2. a. Providing organizational orientation and training specific to the clinical research activities of the BCCSU and the job responsibilities of clinical research staff members b. Alongside the Research Scientists, participates in feedback regarding clinical team performance, facilitates professional development, advancement and training of research staff. c. Coordination of personnel across research studies, including common training and staffing level management across studies. d. Supporting hiring of new clinical research staff as well as involved in clinical research projects at the BCCSU.
  3. Oversees the implementation and coordination and operational aspects of ongoing clinical research activities including but not limited to:
  4. a. Oversees research activities and implementation of clinical studies taking place across Canada as part of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse b. Oversees and provides guidance and training to clinical research staff for the development of research ethics applications with PHC, UBC, and SFU Research Ethics Offices as well as oversight to ensure compliance with ethical standards and regulations. c. Submission of Investigational Drug and Clinical Trial Applications as required (i.e. Health Canada & FDA) d. Ensuring development, implementation, and adherence to all organizational and clinical standard operating procedures across all research programs e. Frontline logistics and operations for clinical research studies. f. Procurement and cost-sharing agreements for study supplies (e.g., urine drug screen testing, HCV testing, HIV and sexually transmitted disease testing). g. Works alongside Research Scientists to develop study budgets, and with Directors to develop and monitor program budget for the Clinical Research Unit. h. Works closely with institutional administration to facilitate financial aspects of research studies, funding applications, research agreements, vendor contracts i. Monitors study progress, including but not limited to, recruitment, safety, assessments, tracking of Adverse Events, Serious Adverse Events and protocol deviations. j. Supports and facilitates data sharing agreements for data linkages (e.g., with BC Ministry of Health, PopBC, Health Authorities).
  5. Liaises between contract research organizations, medical monitors and pharmacovigilance services OR facilitate services required for this role.
  6. Supports scientific productivity through collaboration on research reports, abstracts, and presentations.
  7. Keeps abreast of relevant scientific literature data in the field of addiction medicine.
  8. Develops and maintains strong collaborative relationships with academic institutions, health care providers, research funders, community groups and all other relevant stakeholders.
  9. Supports and leads working groups and committees associated with the clinical research program as needed.
  10. Engages in training and educational opportunities as appropriate, provides training to team members as required and provides ongoing feedback and support.
  11. On call as required.
  12. Performs other related duties as required.


The Clinical Research Manager reports to the Clinical Research Lead.


Required to work independently on a day-to-day basis. The Clinical Research Manager as well as the Principal Investigator will give direction and collaboration. The candidate is required to interact with faculty, researchers, systems analysts, and support staff in the Centre, and will have contact and work collaboratively with the community agencies and governmental organization as well as other researchers external to the Centre. Good interpersonal skills are essentials.


Working closely with the Clinical Research Lead and with other members of the research team, the Clinical Research Coordinator ensures that study procedures are performed consistent with the study protocol, applicable hospital procedures, ethical guidelines and regulatory policies. The Clinical Research Coordinator is expected to work in a professional manner exercising poise and discretion especially when dealing with vulnerable patients and their families, and with sensitive medical information.

Establishing effective working relationships within the team and with other BCCSU departments is essential in the success of the research program. Inability to establish and foster effective working relationships may affect the integrity of the program and the successful and timely completion of research projects.

Confidentiality: Inappropriate disclosure of research participants' personal information would contravene privacy legislation and could result in legal action. Errors in data, reference materials or publications if detected, would result in delays, requiring additional resources to obtain or validate data.


Post-graduate degree or equivalent professional designation if responsible for a research project otherwise Undergraduate degree if not responsible for a research project. A Master's degree in an area relevant to health care or other relevant scientific discipline. Advanced knowledge of Good Clinical Practice (GCP), FDA regulations, Canada Division 5, Human Subject Protections training, regulations and guidelines and other applicable international requirements. CCRP certification as asset 4 years or equivalent combination of education and experience if responsible for research project otherwise 6 years or equivalent combination of education and experience if not research work. Minimum 3-5 years working in an academic and/or pharmaceutical area as a senior research associate or research manager, protocol specialist, medical scientific liaison or similar roles is preferred. Minimum of 3-5 years of experience working with local community clinics, organizations and populations of people who use drugs. Strong project management skills and experience, including managing external contract research organizations. Experience in conducting and/or managing interdisciplinary local, regional and national research. In depth knowledge with the concepts of clinical research and clinical trial design, including protocol development, biostatistics and scientific methodologies. Previous experience working with local and/or national or international research ethics boards. Academic, clinical and/or research background in substance use and addiction medicine is preferred. Experience in the development and/or implementation of electronic data capture system is an asset. Proven ability to lead teams and to promote teamwork, work collaboratively and build consensus with diverse groups. Excellent written and spoken communication and presentation skills, with a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with external experts, physicians and other healthcare decision makers. Familiarity with grant submission processes, and both local and federal funding sources and working with granting agencies. Familiarity with contract negotiations, budget development and working across government and agencies from development to execution. Familiarity with provincial and national privacy and data sharing legislation.

For more information and to apply:

Independent Contractor position

Casual, part-time


The British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) is a provincially networked organization with a mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction. As a research centre of Providence Health Care Research Institute and a University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine Centre, the BCCSU’s vision is to transform substance use policies and care in BC by translating research into education and evidence-based care guidance. By supporting the collaborative development of evidence-based policies, guidelines and standards, the BCCSU seeks to improve the integration of best practices and care across the continuum of substance use, thereby serving all British Columbians. The BCCSU seeks to achieve these goals through integrated activities of its three core functions: research and evaluation, education and training, and clinical care guidance.


The British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) is committed to the process of truth and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples by recognizing and addressing the power imbalances and discriminations inherent to academic and health care institutional structures. Reporting to the Director, Strategic Initiatives & Special Projects, the Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program Facilitator is responsible for facilitating training of the BCCSU Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program within the BCCSU through the application of adult learning principles and experience working with Indigenous Peoples.

The Facilitator willwork collaboratively with the BCCSU Indigenous Cultural Safety team, including the Lead Facilitator and is directed by Dr. Lindsay Farrell, Director, Strategic Initiatives & Special Projects. This is a casual position approx. 5-10 hrs/per week.

  1. Co-facilitates trainings as part of the Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program.
  2. Performs other related duties as required.

  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Culture and History in BC and Canada.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the social determinants of health for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
  • Previous experience and demonstrated ability facilitating Indigenous Cultural Safety trainings and/or previous facilitation experience required.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, problem solve, and utilize team building skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with cultural issues sensitively.
  • Ability to utilize strong interpersonal skills to deal with others effectively including strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to operate related equipment, including computer hardware and software.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

If interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

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