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Open Positions

Research Project Manager - Level 7

Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC)

Today’s Research. Tomorrow’s Medicine.

The GSC is a department of the BC Cancer Research Institute and a high-throughput genome sequencing facility. We are leaders in genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics in pursuit of novel treatment strategies for cancers and other diseases.

Among the world’s first genome centres to be established within a cancer clinic, for more than two decades our scientists and innovators have been designing and deploying cutting-edge technologies to benefit health and advance clinical research.

Among the GSC’s most significant accomplishments are the first publication to demonstrate the use of whole-genome sequencing to inform cancer treatment planning, the first published sequence of the SARS coronavirus genome and major contributions to the first physical map of the human genome as part of the Human Genome Project.

By joining the GSC you will become part of an exceptional and diverse team of scientists, clinicians, experts and professionals operating at the leading edge of clinical research. We look for people who share our core values—science, timeliness, respect—to join us on our mission to use genome science for the betterment of health and society.


Job Reference No.: RPC2_R00026_JR#144095_2023_04_13

Reporting to Projects Team Leader and working closely with the Principal Investigators and Project Leaders, you will play a key role in managing research projects and grants within the context of a research culture with established policies and procedures, vision and values. The major focus of this position is to work with the Principal Investigators and Project leaders to establish the objectives, milestones, and budgets for various research projects and grants, and develop  strategies to monitor the progress of projects to ensure project objectives and milestones are successfully met.


  • Establishing budgets for research projects, grants, collaborations and core activities
  • Assisting with preparing grants, progress reports, statement of work documents, compliance documents, sample status or analysis reports
  • Monitoring budgets and expenditures
  • Establishing, monitoring, and coordinating project progress, milestones, deadlines and objectives
  • Recommending strategies for improving projects management methods and processesIdentifying, problem solving and working to remove barriers to successful project completion
  • Liaising with grant/core funding agencies
  • Interacting directly with research collaborators or clinical study teams as required
  • Provides work directions to trainees and staff as appropriate.
  • Performing other related duties as appropriate


While equivalencies will be considered, ideally you bring a degree in Science (preferably Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology or Computer Science) plus a minimum of 5 years' recent related experience in project management and/or research development management.

Certification as a Project Management professional will help you make the short list, as will recent experience in academic scientific research, clinical trials research, biotech or software industry. Proficiency with MS Word, Excel and Project is essential and you should have excellent organizational, analytical and verbal and written communication skills.

Successful candidate(s) will be offered positions through Provincial Health Services Authority at the Research Project Coordinator II level, which is equivalent to that described above.

Core Skills and Abilities

Excellent written and verbal communication skills and proactive interactions with collaborators are a must to perform successfully in this position. Active participation in laboratory meetings and seminars relevant to the project activities is highly encouraged. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple resource intense projects within a fast paced environment.


Please submit a detailed cover letter and resume to, using  Job Reference No.: RPC2_R00026_JR#144095_2023_04_13 in the subject line of your email.

This posting will remain online until filled.

Please note All jobs at the GSC are based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Flexible work options may be available for this position upon request and is subject to change in accordance with GSC’s Operational needs and PHSA’s Flexible Work Options Policy.


We believe that diversity and inclusivity are essential for the advancement of human knowledge and science.

We welcome all applicants and provide all employees with equal opportunity for advancement, regardless of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, conviction of a criminal or summary conviction offence unrelated to their employment.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents, applicants with a valid status to work in Canada will be given priority.

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