The Organization:BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
The B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (“BC-CfE”) is dedicated to improving the health of British Columbians with HIV through the development, ongoing monitoring and dissemination of comprehensive research and treatment programs for HIV and related diseases. The Centre is a key provincial resource, serving all health authorities, regions, and citizens of B.C. The Centre places the disease under the microscope, provides care and treatment to those infected, educates doctors and healthcare professionals throughout the province, and promotes evidence-based social policy that helps protect people from acquiring the virus.
The Opportunity:Director, Clinical Research Laboratory
The Director of the BC-CfE Clinical Research Laboratory is accountable for all aspects of the laboratory services and is a key bridge between laboratory operations and clinical practice. The laboratory is a DAP and CAP accredited clinical service operation providing HIV genotype drug resistance testing and other personalized viral medicine testing across Canada. The Research Laboratory performs cutting-edge research in precision medicine of infectious diseases, molecular epidemiology, bioinformatics, and viral dynamics with the goal of improving health of HIV-infected individuals in BC, nationally, and globally.
The Director provides leadership in developing and implementing the program’s strategy and research plan in conjunction with the BC-CfE strategic plan and in collaboration with other research institutes, regional, national, and international funding bodies. The laboratory Director must have a broad knowledge of clinical medicine, molecular diagnostics and epidemiology, basic medical science, clinical laboratory science, laboratory operations, and quality management systems. Knowledge of and skills in HIV clinical virology, bioinformatics, data analysis, business and staff management are assets.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:
Doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., or Dr.P.H.) and an active research agenda in laboratory research;
Have extensive academic and/or industry experience in laboratory research and publications;
Supervisory experience in a complex organization;
7-10 years’ experience as an Investigator and/or equivalent, such as Associate Professor;
Success in securing peer-reviewed grant funding as a Principal Investigator, including competing for renewal of previously funding projects;
Demonstrated record of leadership in research and scholarship, and the development of research programs; and
Participated in national and international expert panels and grant review committees.
When the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS opened in 1992, a British Columbian was dying from AIDS almost every day. While current advances in HIV treatment have made the disease a chronic but manageable illness, much work remains to be done. The BC-CfE was created with the mission and mandate to improve the health of British Columbians through the development, ongoing monitoring and dissemi...nation of comprehensive investigative and treatment programs for viral diseases, and to develop new methods of patient care through vigorous clinical trials on prevention, investigation, treatment, and management of HIV infection and HIV related diseases.