Director, Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC)

The Faculty of Medicine (FoM) at The University of British Columbia (UBC), and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) invite applications for the position of Director, Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC). The appointment is for an initial term of five (5) years with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory review. The position is expected to be filled by a candidate internal to UBC who currently holds a faculty appointment at UBC or is eligible to hold an adjunct, partner or clinical faculty position in an appropriate academic unit. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024, 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 to be provided prior to the start date, as required by the provincial health mandate.

The Vancouver Prostate Centre is a UBC Senate approved Research Centre of the Faculty of Medicine and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, with over 25 scientists and clinicians focused on the discovery, development, and translation of cancer therapeutics.  VPC consists of 75,000 square feet of Prostate Research Lab space, with a team of over 200 research and support staff, and leading-edge technology adjacent to the Prostate Clinic that treats more than 2,500 prostate and other urologic cancer patients annually.

The Centre fosters the paradigm of team-driven translational health research to discover molecular mechanisms of cancer progression and therapeutic resistance, to further develop new services and products that reduce suffering, improve survival for patients with cancer and promote regional growth of biotechnology. The research team focuses its efforts on fighting cancer through improved understanding of prevention, diagnosis and treatment, as well as patient education.

Reporting jointly to the Vice-Dean, Research, FoM at UBC and the Executive Director, VCHRI, the Director, VPC 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. The Director oversees the activities of VPC, including grants, research contracts, and compliance with UBC and VCH/VCHRI research policies. The incumbent will be a member of relevant research committees of the UBC FoM and VCHRI.

Candidates should hold a PhD, MD or equivalent in a relevant discipline with a minimum of five years’ experience as an independent investigator including experience in the development, delivery, and implementation of collaborative research programs. 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, administrative experience, 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, FoM for those who wish to review it. Please inquire at the email address below. The successful candidate will contribute to fostering an environment that promotes inclusivity and embodies values of respect, integrity, compassion, collaboration, and equity. Equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice are essential to academic excellence, as well as fostering an inclusive community for voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged. Candidates who bring diverse perspectives and lived experiences are encouraged to apply as we strive to enhance diversity, inclusiveness, socio-cultural representation, and perspective of the Centre.

An application package should include: a letter of application that addresses scholarly, professional and creative work, teaching, administrative service and experience fostering collaboration across partners; a vision document (1-2-page) outlining a plan to enhance the vision and leadership of the research centre; up to five recent publications that you would consider representative of how your research relates to the research centre; a brief statement (1-2 pages) of your current or previous contributions to advancing anti-racism, equity, diversity, decolonization, Indigenization and inclusion in an academic, professional, or community context; a detailed curriculum vitae; and names of four references. Applications should be directed to:

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, Vancouver Prostate Centre

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

At UBC, we believe that attracting and sustaining a diverse workforce is key to the successful pursuit of excellence in research, innovation, and learning for all faculty, staff and students, and is essential to fostering an outstanding work environment. Our commitment to employment equity helps achieve inclusion and fairness, brings rich diversity to UBC as a workplace, and creates the necessary conditions for a rewarding career.

The University and VCH are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce. An inclusive work environment presumes an environment where differences are appreciated, recognized, and integrated into current structures, planning, and decision-making modes. Within this hiring process we are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable process for all candidates (including but not limited to people with disabilities).  Confidential accommodations are available on request for applicants who are short-listed. Please contact Meredith Ladner via email at

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The Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) bridges world-class university research with leading clinical specialists, harnessing the brightest minds and opportunities that will fuel the future of medical innovation.

They are committed to accelerating the translation and implementation of new discoveries, technologies and treatment options into the health care system. VCHRI comprises more than 2,400 personnel engaged in research across 15 world renowned research centres and programs. Their research activities range from laboratory-based research to gain understanding about the human body and health conditions, to clinical research focused on evaluating new ways to provide patient care.