Genome British Columbia - Genome Genomics

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Genomics & Society Advisor

Reporting Structure: Reports to the VP Communications and Education
Term: One year with option to renew

Job Scope:

The Genomics and Society Advisor will be a driving force within the organization to better understand the societal context for genomic research, and to foster its inclusion in funded research initiatives and its uptake in society.  The Genomics and Society Advisor will work collaboratively within Genome BC and externally to create a framework for ensuring that the ethical, economic, environmental, legal and social (GE3LS) aspects are an integral part of the Genome BC programming and related activities, leading 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 must 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 genomics and social sciences and humanities (e.g., 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:

  • Focus Genome BC efforts around key regional and national issues impacting the successful translation and uptake of genomics technologies; e.g., misconceptions related to GMOs, or genomics more generally, lack of anti-discrimination protections, lack of guidance for reimbursement of genetic technologies;
  • Research and analyse 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 in Genome BC programs of social science and humanities genomics research either as stand-alone projects or as part of other genomics 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;
  • Develop strategies to fully realize the benefits of genomics research for BC. This may include the identification of key collaborators, commercialization partners and advisors to projects, Genome BC and user sectors;
  • Coordinate programs and/or workshops that generate broader social sciences and humanities engagement in the identification of challenges to the societal integration of genomic discoveries. and
  • Develop additional engagement opportunities to broaden the public’s understanding of genomics.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Respond to emerging issues and opportunities;
  • Develop a network of BC social science researchers with an interest and understanding of  genomics;
  • Support Genome BC-funded social sciences and humanities researchers;
  • Promote Genome BC’s GE3LS Program and its social science and humanities research;
  • Maintain close working relationships nationally with Genome Canada and other Genome Centres;
  • Provide administrative functions and support for the Genomics & Society Board Committee;
  • Produce written content for expert and general audiences; and
  • Assess the impact of integrated GE3LS research on the major genomic milestones of research projects. 

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: 

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: February 13, 2015

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

About Genome British Columbia:

Genome British Columbia is a catalyst for the life sciences cluster on Canada’s West Coast and manages a cumulative portfolio of over $660M in research projects and science and technology platforms. Working with governments, academia and industry across sectors such as forestry, fisheries, agriculture, environment, bioenergy, mining and human health, the goal of the organization is to generate social and economic benefits for British Columbia and Canada.

In addition to research, Genome BC is committed to openness, meaningful dialogue, public outreach, and educational leadership, and as such, seeks to foster understanding and appreciation of the significance of genomics and proteomics science and technology among teachers, students and the general public.

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