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As a member of the BC SUPPORT Unit team, you will be part of a province-wide, multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research in British Columbia. See the listings below for current opportunities.

Current opportunities:

With the Provincial Hub:

See internal job postings from our Hub office below. 

Summer Student - POR Registry

Position open until filled.

Are you a graduate student currently registered at a BC post-secondary institution and residing in BC and interested in learning more about patient-oriented research (POR) over the summer months?

We have a project we’d like your help with. The BC SUPPORT Unit will develop a registry to help members of the public better understand what organizations in BC engage patients in patient-oriented research. The student undertaking this paid project will complete an inventory of such organizations through online searches and interviews and will consult with our provincial Patient Council. This full time role can be completed virtually from your home office with weekly webconference (Zoom) check-ins with the project leads.

Interested? Send your CV/resume and cover letter explaining why this position is of interest to you to bjampoh@bcsupportunit.ca.

You must be:

  • A resident of BC during the position period of May-September 2020.
  • Currently registered in a graduate studies program at a BC post-secondary institution.
  • Capable of taking part in regular online meetings
  • Self-motivated

 Open until filled.

Details: The BC SUPPORT Unit Hub has identified the need for a concise easy-to-use tool to help members of the public  better understand what organizations and institutions engage  patients, caregivers or members of the public in patient-oriented research

The development of a “BC Registry of Patient-Oriented Research Organizations” (“Registry”) will involve:

  1. Meeting with the BC SUPPORT Unit’s patient engagement coordinators and lead to collect their ideas and feedback
  2. Performing an environmental scan of health, research and patient organizations in the province to identify those that involve patients in POR
  3. Interviewing individuals at these organizations to explain the project, seek their consent to participate and collect details
  4. Drafting an easy to navigate online Registry
  5. Discussing the draft with the provincial Patient Council
  6. Finalizing the Registry
  7. Other activities might arise during the Registry development

The Registry would then be promoted via our website, newsletter, social media and regional centres for uptake by interested patient partners.

The Registry is modeled on a project completed by the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (details: https://www.ctontario.ca/cms/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/OSSU-Patient-Engagement-in-Research-Catalogue.pdf)

Digital Communications Associate

10 Month+ Term (May 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021)
Home-Based Position

The BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit (the Unit) is a multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research (POR) throughout BC. We define patient-oriented research as research that engages patients as partners and focuses on patient-identified priorities with the goals of improving patient experiences, health outcomes and the health system. The Unit is one of 11 SUPPORT Units established across the country as part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). It is also a unit (with Clinical Trials BC and Research Ethics BC) of the BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN).

The BC SUPPORT Unit is looking to build capacity for researchers conducting patient-oriented research to plan and produce research knowledge dissemination products tools that are accessible and usable by different stakeholder audiences. As an integral component of this, we are looking to build our production capacity in communications design, digital media, and/or print, interactive, and motion graphics for scientific communication to different patient-oriented research stakeholder audiences. These include the general public, patient partners, academic researchers, and health system staff and policy-makers.

The Position & Details

Reporting to the Knowledge Translation Specialist, Methods Clusters, The Digital Communications Associate will primarily work with the knowledge translation and communications teams at the BC SUPPORT Unit to assist with planning, producing, and delivering on knowledge translation goals for the BC SUPPORT Unit’s Methods Clusters,  https://bcsupportunit.ca/methods-clusters, a research initiative that supports innovative research in patient-oriented research methods.

Primary responsibilities of this position include:

  • Working under the direction of BC SUPPORT Unit knowledge translation specialists and communications personnel, you will participate in developing strategic communications to enhance the impact of the BC SUPPORT Unit’s Methods Clusters investment
  • Overseeing the production of strategic communications, with specialist visual design skills to develop website, social media, and other communications platforms for the Methods Clusters
  • Working with external vendors to organize production of print, web, and interactive tools, and liaising feedback between teams

Our Successful Candidate

As our successful candidate for this important role, you demonstrate a standard of excellence with exceptional attention to detail and communication skills. You’re also self-motivated/driven and can proactively demonstrate the ability to manage your time effectively and navigate changing priorities.

In addition, you must have/be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Strong visual design and storytelling skills
  • Comfort and ability to distil complex scientific ideas into visual stories
  • Ability to communicate creative ideas to cross-functional teams
  • Experience working in health and/or science communication
  • Undergraduate or recent graduate with experience in communications or information design, digital strategy, knowledge translation, non-profit marketing, or multimedia design
  • Solution-oriented, organized, and deadline focused

This position is part-time (15 – 21 hours/week), grant funded on a temporary basis to March 31st, 2020 with a possibility of extension. It can be carried out virtually from your home office with weekly Zoom check-ins with team leads.

In Return for your Expertise

We are an exceptionally talented team of individuals in a professional yet casual and collaborative culture with high standards and drive. Driven by our mission, we are extremely dedicated to what we do and encourage our employees towards personal leadership, growth and ownership of their roles. We offer a competitive wage commensurate with your experience for this role.  

How to Apply

If you meet our qualifications above and relish the opportunity to collaborate as part of a team to positively impact the health of British Columbians, we want to hear from you. Please respond with cover letter indicating why this position is of interest you and resume to: egreen@bcsupportunit.ca

This position will remain open until filled.

Knowledge Dissemination Coordinator

4 Month Term (Approximately May 1st – August 31st, 2020)
Home-Based Position

Are you a health sciences graduate student currently registered at a BC post-secondary institution, residing in BC, and interested in learning more about patient-oriented research (POR) over the spring/summer months?

The BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit (the Unit) is a multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research (POR) throughout BC. We define patient-oriented research as research that engages patients as partners and focuses on patient-identified priorities with the goals of improving patient experiences, health outcomes and the health system. The Unit is one of 11 SUPPORT Units established across the country as part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). It is also a unit (with Clinical Trials BC and Research Ethics BC) of the BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN).

The BC SUPPORT Unit is looking to build capacity for researchers conducting patient-oriented research to plan and produce research knowledge dissemination products tools that are accessible and usable by different stakeholder audiences. As an integral component of this, the BC SUPPORT Unit Hub has identified the need for a concise easy-to-use interactive tool to help research teams understand the landscape of knowledge dissemination strategies in BC to effectively plan and disseminate the findings of their patient-oriented research studies to patient / public, researcher and health system audiences. 

The Position & Details

Reporting to the Knowledge Translation Specialist, Methods Clusters, the student undertaking this paid project will complete a review of available knowledge dissemination pathways to support the planning and creation of an interactive search tool of Knowledge Dissemination options - The Knowledge Dissemination (KD) Menu. This interactive KD menu will take into account research context, evidence base, cost, time requirements, and resource allotment required to develop different dissemination options through online research, interviews, and consultations with knowledge translation and industry experts in BC.

The development of the Knowledge Dissemination Menu will involve:

  • Meeting with the BC SUPPORT Unit’s knowledge translation specialists and communications team to collect their ideas and feedback
  • Performing an environmental scan of knowledge dissemination techniques and strategies that have been shown to be effective for sharing research knowledge across different stakeholder audiences
  • Interviewing individuals at organizations and production companies to determine the potential costs, resources and timelines to the creation of different knowledge dissemination products
  • Assist with the planning, design and prototype development of an interactive KD menu search tool
  • Other activities that may arise during the Knowledge Dissemination Menu development

The KD Menu would then be promoted via our website, newsletter, social media and regional centres for uptake by interested research teams.

As an example, The Interactive KD menu could be modeled on an interactive project hosted by the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (details: https://chimb.ca/sub-sites/1-patient-engagement?page=75-how-to-engage

Our Successful Candidate

As our successful candidate for this important role, you demonstrate a standard of excellence with strong attention to detail and a focus on results. You’re also self-motivated/driven and can proactively demonstrate the ability to manage your time effectively and navigate changing priorities.

In addition, you must be:

  • A resident of BC during the position period of May-September 2020.
  • Currently registered in a graduate studies program at a BC post-secondary institution.
  • Capable of working effectively in a virtual environment and taking part in regular online meetings
  • Self-motivated

And, you must be able to demonstrate the following skills & qualifications:

  • Understanding or experience with knowledge translation principles
  • Understanding or experience with patient-oriented research
  • Experience working with designing communications and digital tools is an asset

This full-time temporary role can be carried out virtually from your home office with weekly Zoom check-ins with the project lead.

In Return for your Expertise

We are an exceptionally talented team of individuals in a professional yet casual and collaborative culture with high standards and drive. Driven by our mission, we are extremely dedicated to what we do and encourage our employees towards personal leadership, growth and ownership of their roles. We offer a competitive wage commensurate with your experience for this role.  

How to Apply

If you meet our qualifications above and relish the opportunity to collaborate as part of a team to positively impact the health of British Columbians, we want to hear from you. Please respond with cover letter indicating why this position is of interest you and resume to: egreen@bcsupportunit.ca

This position will remain open until filled.

With the Regional Centres:

Fraser Centre | Research Navigator, part-time
Reporting to the Regional Centre Lead, the Research Navigator plays an active role in the development of new relationships with Fraser Regional Centre clients who wish to conduct patient-oriented research. This position assists researchers with developing grant proposals and obtaining research grant funding and facilitates connections between stakeholders and research supports. In addition, the Research Navigator ensures research teams are trained in the conduct of patient-oriented research.

Learn more or apply here.

Fraser Centre | Patient Engagement Specialist

The Unit's Fraser Centre (Surrey, BC) is hiring a Patient Engagement Specialist to align with the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR). The ideal candidate will have knowledge about patient-oriented research, citizen/community engagement strategies and methods, and project management.

Learn more or apply here


Interior Centre | Post-Doctoral Fellow for Consensus Building Project

The BC SUPPORT Unit Interior Centre is seeking a full-time post-doctoral fellow to work on consensus building through integrated knowledge translation (IKT) approaches at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Okanagan Campus. The post-doctoral fellow should have some expertise in IKT and a passion for learning new knowledge and skills in the area of building consensus. The Consensus Building Project is a patient-oriented research methods project funded by the Knowledge Translation – Implementation Science Methods Cluster, the BC SUPPORT Unit. 

Find out more in the full description (PDF) (position open until filled).

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