Director, Northern Centre for Clinical Research

The University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine (FoM), the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and Northern Health (NH) invite applications for the position of Director, Northern Centre for Clinical Research (NCCR). The appointment is for an initial term of three (3) years with the possibility of renewal for 5 years, subject to satisfactory review. The position is expected to be filled by a candidate internal to UBC, UNBC, or NH who currently holds a faculty appointment at UBC or UNBC or is eligible to hold an adjunct, partner or clinical faculty position. The anticipated start date is April 1, 2022, or upon a date to be mutually agreed.

This position is located within a health-care facility. Therefore, this position requires successful verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 provided prior to the start date, as required by the provincial health mandate.

The Northern Centre for Clinical Research (NCCR) is being developed as a joint Centre of the UBC Faculty of Medicine (FoM), the University of Northern BC (UNBC) and Northern Health (NH) built on a collaborative partnership. The mission of the NCCR is to enhance the capacity and cohesion of the clinical and biomedical life sciences research programs in Northern British Columbia, creating strategic opportunities to share resources among UBC, NH and UNBC, in collaboration with local partners. Located in Prince George, but serving researchers across Northern BC, the Centre will focus on medical life sciences and clinical research and innovation, including clinical trials and virtual healthcare interventions, in the northern, remote, rural and Indigenous geographical, social and cultural contexts. It will increase accessibility to, and participation in research opportunities for the people of Northern BC.

The NCCR will provide infrastructure support and serve as a space for research excellence, knowledge exchange and translation for clinical and medical life sciences research. It will provide a venue for collaboration among health researchers and practitioners in Northern BC who are interested in medical life sciences, clinical research and medical education research in the clinical context. It will also provide research training and mentoring opportunities for health professionals and learners.

The Director, NCCR, is responsible for implementing the research strategy, supporting the research of investigators and research scientists in the Centre, developing and maintaining partnerships to ensure faculty/research scientists are supported by the organization and host institutions to effectively conduct their scholarly activities. Working closely with the NH Regional Director, Research Evaluation and Analytics, the Director oversees the activities of the Northern Centre for Clinical Research (NCCR) including grants, research contracts, and compliance with UBC, UNBC and Northern Health research policies. The incumbent is a member of the NCCR Steering Committee and the NH Clinical Research Operations Committee as well as relevant research committees of the UBC Faculty of Medicine and UNBC.

The NCCR Director reports jointly to the Vice-Dean Research, Faculty of Medicine UBC, Vice President Research, UNBC and the Vice President, Quality and Planning NH which form the Governance Committee that oversees all NCCR activities. Functional direction will be provided by the Vice President, Planning and Quality NH.

Candidates should be health professionals (e.g., MD, Nursing, PT) with a PhD (preferred) or equivalent and a minimum of five years’ experience in a clinical research environment as an independent investigator including experience in the development and delivery of collaborative research programs. Experience overseeing clinical trials is preferred.  Candidates should have a demonstrated track record of significant research achievement, commitment to multi-institute collaborations and ability to value the diversity of contributions from partners. Candidates should possess collaborative leadership skills and ability to work effectively with learners, trainees, faculty and administrative leadership.

A more detailed job description is available in the Vice Dean, Research’s Office, Faculty of Medicine, for those who wish to review it. Please enquire at the email address below.

A stipend will be provided for this position. A letter of application that addresses scholarly, professional and creative work, teaching, administrative service, experience fostering collaboration, inclusiveness equity and diversity, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, and the names of four referees (at arm’s length), should be directed to:

W. Robert McMaster, D. Phil
Vice Dean, Research
c/o Meredith Ladner
Room 317, IRC, UBC
2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Email: with subject line: Director, Northern Centre for Clinical Research (NCCR)

Review of applications will begin on February 20, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.


The University of Northern British Columbia has emerged as one of Canada’s best small research-intensive universities, with a passion for teaching, discovery, people, and the North. UNBC’s excellence is derived from community-inspired research, hands-on-learning, and alumni who are leading change around the world. UNBC consistently ranks in the top three in its category in the annual Maclean’s university rankings. UNBC also recently placed among the top five per cent of higher education institutions worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Northern Health covers an area of nearly 600,000 square kilometers and offers health services in over two dozen communities and 55 First Nation’s communities. We deliver hospital and community-based health care for a population of 300,000. Employing more than 7,000 staff throughout the region, Northern Health provides exceptional health services for Northerners, through the efforts of dedicated staff and physicians, in partnership with communities and organizations in Northern BC.