Want to join our staff team?

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

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:

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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