Clinical Cytogeneticist Molecular Geneticist

Provincial Health Services Authority (Vancouver BC, Canada) 16 days ago

Join our Dynamic Genome Diagnostics Team

Clinical Cytogeneticist AND/OR Clinical Molecular Geneticist

Division of Genome Diagnostics, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

BC Children’s Hospital & BC Women’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC

Regular Full Time (1.0 FTE) Opportunity

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, at the BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospitals, is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual with excellent communication skills to join the Division of Genome Diagnostics as either a Clinical Cytogeneticist and/or a Clinical Molecular Geneticist.

As a Clinical Laboratory Geneticist you will work collaboratively with the Division’s Head and medical staff consisting of Cytogeneticists, Molecular Geneticists, and Laboratory Scientists. You will be required to build relationships and provide prompt and expert consultative services to physicians and other health care providers, while providing case interpretation, technical oversight and monitoring of compliance with CCMG/RCPSC/DAP requirements and guidelines, participating in new test development and implementation, collaborating on Division, hospital and provincial initiatives pertinent to laboratory genetics and genomics care, and participating in quality and other administrative committees.

With a recommendation for appointment to the Clinical Faculty at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, you will be expected to be actively engaged in academic teaching and research.

The Tier F Department provides laboratory and pathology diagnostic care to BC’s perinatal women, infants, and children, including those with the most acute and complex conditions, and includes provincial specialty laboratories such as prenatal screening, newborn screening, biochemical genetics, and inherited constitutional genetics and genomics. The Department’s mandate includes working collaboratively within the PHSA to establish provincial standards and guidelines, leading pilot projects assessing clinical utility of emerging diagnostic and screening technologies, and contributing to and participating nationally and internationally to promote access to appropriate laboratory care and best practices within BC.

The Division of Genome Diagnostics is responsible for providing academic pediatric, adult, and maternal-fetal medicine care for the province of BC in conjunction with the other Departmental provincial services, primarily focused on the diagnosis of inherited disease using genetic and genomic approaches. The Division is leading the way towards the future of genome-wide sequencing, successfully functionally integrating cytogenetic and molecular genetic care into a single delivery model. Join this dynamic team which aims to be flexible, adaptable, and responsive in this rapidly evolving medical field.

As the successful candidate you will be an experienced clinical Cytogeneticist and/or Molecular Geneticist with expertise in constitutional genetic and genomic testing. You must hold a PhD in Genetics or related field, and be certified or eligible for certification in Clinical Cytogenetics and/or Molecular Genetics by the Canadian College of Medical Genetics (CCMG). Dual training in Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics is an asset. Preference will be given to those candidates with either dual training or a minimum of 3 years’ experience working as a clinical Laboratory Geneticist in a clinical laboratory, and experience or specialized training in laboratory medical operations.

We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants from outside Canada must be eligible for CCMG certification; maintenance of employment requires successful achievement of and ongoing CCMG certification. Salary and hospital rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, letter expressing your interest, and contact information for three references to:

Dr. Tanya Nelson                                             

Head, Division of Genome Diagnostics             

BC Children’s & BC Women’s Hospitals

Phone: (604) 875-3234



Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2019 or until the position is filled.

For more information about the BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, please visit the website at: and

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is the only facility in British Columbia devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns and families. It provides a broad range of specialized women’s health services that address the health needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. BC Women’s is one of the largest maternity facilities in Canada, with over 7,500 births in 2005/6, and is both the major primary and secondary maternity services provider in the Lower Mainland and the cornerstone of the provincial tertiary care system. As an academic health centre BCW’s mandate includes providing strong leadership in research and the education and professional development of health care professionals in areas related to the health of the populations we serve.

BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province's most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC), a leading provincial facility offering specialized services to children and youth with developmental disabilities from birth to age 19, works collaboratively with BCCH. SHHC focuses on the child and their family while supporting health care professionals in their community. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the Child and Family Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.

BCW and  BCCH are program's of  Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC.  PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence.   These include: • Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.

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