Genomics & Society Advisor

Genome BC
Job Location
400-575 West 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 0C4
Job Description

Reporting Structure:     
Reports to the VP Communications and Education 

Maternity Leave Replacement – April 25, 2016 - April 24, 2017

The Genomics and Society Advisor will be a driving force within the organization to better understand the societal context for genomic research. You will work collaboratively with Genome BC staff, particularly with the communications and sector development teams, to implement activities that lead to improved societal understanding, acceptance and uptake of translational research findings and the delivery of economic and social benefits to BC and beyond. To accomplish this integrative function, the candidate will ideally have a solid understanding of genomics and related life sciences and possess the requisite training and experience to identify challenges for the societal and sector translation, uptake, and integration of research results. The candidate should ideally have training in social sciences and humanities and /or equivalent work experience (e.g., public policy and public administration, sociology, business, economics, political science, journalism, ethics, etc.) and have a demonstrated track record of being able to work with diverse stakeholders to help advance science and technology into meaningful impact in society.


Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Research and analyze issues from a provincial, national and international perspective;

  • Enhance the organization’s ability to advance the integration of technology;

  • Assess the potential, and develop strategies, for optimal involvement of social science and humanities research either as stand-alone projects or as part of other Genome BC projects. 

  • Assess opportunities for, and development of, value based approaches to evaluate ROI;

  • Position Genome BC as a credible source of unbiased information for regulatory and policy decision makers, and the general public, providing written content for a public audience on key regional and national issues;

  • Work with appropriate staff to develop additional engagement opportunities to broaden the public’s understanding of genomics;

  • Support the development of meaningful research to further understand societal issues relating to the application of genomics technologies;

  • Develop strategies to realize identified benefits from genomics research for BC. This may include the identification of key collaborators, commercialization partners and advisors to projects, Genome BC and user sectors;

  • Continue to grow Genome BC’s network of  social science researchers;

  • Assist sector development staff and potential Genome BC research teams in the development of integrated projects, providing support to prospective social science and humanities researchers within these teams.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Respond to emerging issues and opportunities as required;

  • Promote Genome BC’s Genomics & Society Program and its social science and humanities research;

  • Maintain close working relationships with Genome Canada and other Genome Centres;

  • Provide administrative functions and support for the Genomics & Society Board Committee.


Candidate Profile: The Genomics and Society Advisor will have a broad spectrum of skills and a strong track record in working in integrated, multi-disciplinary environments and communicating with stakeholders from different backgrounds possessing different perspectives. The selected candidate will help Genome BC achieve its goal of investing in applied and translational research projects that lead to measurable economic & societal benefits for BC and Canada.

Qualifications include:

  • Graduate degree (MSc or PhD)

  • Demonstrated understanding of genomics

  • Experience with social sciences and humanities research methodologies   

  • Research and/or work experience in an interdisciplinary research environment

  • Strong written and oral communications skills

  • Outreach and engagement experience

How to Apply

How to apply: Applicants should include a current CV with a cover letter indicating, anticipated start date and the names and contact information for at least two references. Please send application in MS Word or PDF via e mail to   Application Deadline: March 18, 2016.

We thank you for your interest in Genome BC. Only those candidates short listed for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.

About Our Organization

About Genome British Columbia:

Genome British Columbia leads genomics innovation on Canada’s West Coast and facilitates the integration of genomics into society. A recognized catalyst for government and industry, Genome BC invests in research, entrepreneurship and commercialization in life sciences to address challenges in key sectors such as health, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, agri-food, energy, mining and environment. Genome BC partners with many national and international public and private funding organizations to drive BC’s bioeconomy.

In addition to research, entrepreneurship and commercialization programs, Genome BC is committed to fostering an understanding and appreciation of the life sciences among teachers, students and the general

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