Northern Health: Lead, Northern Biobank

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Closing date
Internal / External
External to BC AHSN
Job type
Full time
Northern Health Region
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Competition #: 05544917


Bargaining Unit: NON-CONTRACT




Comments: This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.

Location: Prince George Facility: UNIV. HOSPITAL OF N. BC

Position Summary

Are you looking to highlight your knowledge, skills, and abilities in a new and dynamic environment? We currently have an exciting opportunity for you to bring your excellent work ethic to our Research, Evaluation and Analytics department. The Lead, Northern Biobank, is responsible for the operational management of the Northern Biobank. The Lead supports the growth of Northern Health (NH) research capacity by developing and promoting systems that support the achievement of provincial, national and international requirements for quality and standards in biospecimen-based research, while meeting requirements to mitigate possible risks associated with biobanking activities within NH. This includes communicating with research leaders and provincial and national funding agencies and providing education and documentation on biobank processes that will require assessment and certification. This role includes the option of up to 20% (one day a week) committed time in pursuit of academic activity (teaching, research) linked with partnered institutions including UNBC, UBC and/or the Northern Centre for Clinical Research. The Lead will implement and monitor regional biobank quality planning and improvement initiatives, critical to ensuring that key biobanking systems exist and, in doing so, support the strategic role of NH as a research-intensive, academic health sciences organization. The Lead will be responsible for the coordination of participant consenting, and appropriate sample submission for specimen analysis and pooled data analysis. The Lead will work closely with the Northern Biobank Director and with the First Nations Health Authority (FHNA) on the development and implementation of the Northern First Nations Biobank; an integral component of biobanking activities within the Northern Biobank.

University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC) is the largest acute care facility (268 beds) in Northern Health and is the hub for specialized health services. It is a full service hospital and home to a new cancer centre for Northern BC, including a wide range of cancer treatments. Provides undergraduate physician training through the Northern Medical Program, run by the University of British Columbia and University of Northern British Columbia. UHNBC is also a key clinical education site for nursing and many health sciences students at UNBC, the College of New Caledonia, BCIT and other institutions.

Prince George has a population of 89,490 (2021) local residents and is a service centre for approximately 320,000. Prince George has all of the amenities of a larger city mixed with the charm and friendliness of a smaller town. Check out Prince George for more information on what this community has to offer.

What Northern Health has to offer you! 

  • Comprehensive benefit packages including MSP, extended health/dental and a municipal pension plan for part-time and full-time employees. Casuals have the option of paying for benefits.
  • Four weeks vacation with one year of continuous service
  • Relocation Incentive is available for eligible positions
  • Employee referral program
  • Employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Spectacular outdoor activities and the shortest commutes in BC
  • “Loan Forgiveness Programs” offered through the Federal and BC Government
  • Master’s Degree in a health sciences or related discipline plus a minimum of five (5) years of experience working in biobanking or clinical research with a significant biobanking or laboratory component or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Experience in quality management and project management is an asset.

Skills and Abilities:

  • An extensive knowledge of biospecimen science and biobanking methods including national and international standards, as well as broad knowledge of the various disciplines involved such as biomedical research, molecular biology and human subjects’ research ethics.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in managing strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and developing new initiatives at the organizational, provincial and national levels.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Knowledge of emerging issues and requirements related to biobanking and research quality.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to recognize, critically assess and objectively evaluate sensitive issues and respond appropriately while demonstrating discretion.
  • Demonstrated sound judgment in decision making and the ability to exercise initiative.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including strong presentation skills.
  • The ability to facilitate and influence others both internal and external to the organization. Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with financial reporting with grant agencies, universities and health authorities.
  • Knowledge of operational environment in the University Hospital of Northern BC will be an asset.

Ability to plan, organize and complete large-scale projects including strategic planning.

Who we are

Northern Health covers an area of nearly 600,000 square kilometers and offers health services in over two dozen communities and 55 First Nation’s communities. We deliver hospital and community-based health care for a population of 300,000. Employing more than 7,000 staff throughout the region, Northern Health provides exceptional health services for Northerners, through the efforts of dedicated staff and physicians, in partnership with communities and organizations in Northern BC. There is a wide variety of career opportunities available in our two dozen hospitals, 25 long-term care facilities, public health units and many other offices providing specialized services.