Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute has over 1,500 personnel engaged in research in a large variety of disease areas, clinical settings and research laboratories. Clinical research, , laboratory and basic science extend across many health disciplines with VCH, and there is no shortage of opportunities for new and established researchers, trainees and staff.

Current Opportunities

Director, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

The Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) invite applications for the position of Director, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. This appointment is for an initial term of (5) years with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory review and is expected to be filled by a candidate internal to the University, at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure. The anticipated start date is January 1, 2020 or a date to be mutually agreed upon.

Reporting jointly to the Executive Associate Dean, Research, in the Faculty of Medicine, UBC and the Executive Director of VHCRI, the Director of CBH assumes overall responsibility for the strategic direction and operation of the Centre. The Director will seek out and identify opportunities for funding of the CBH research program and coordinate applications to granting agencies and industry and be responsible for fostering and maintaining the interactive, interdisciplinary nature of the CBH research program. In addition to the responsibilities embodied within the Directorship, the incumbent will also be responsible for maintaining an active research program.

The successful candidate will hold a MD and/or PhD, or an equivalent level of training with a documented ability to obtain research funding and display exceptional organizational and administrative skills. Demonstrated scientific leadership, outstanding educational contributions, a strong research track record, demonstrated experience in mentoring and training junior investigators and the ability to maintain effective working relationships in an interdisciplinary environment are essential.

Learn more about the position. Review of the applications will begin on September 16th, 2019.

Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunity

The Genome Canada Transplant Consortium (GCTC) is an international program linking 22 universities in Canada, the US, EU and UK. GCTC is a Genome Canada funded program whose lead institution is the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). GCTC is involved in cutting-edge research to characterize human leukocyte antigen (HLA) epitopes and positively influence clinical decisions regarding donor-recipient compatibility in solid organ transplantation. The ultimate goal is to allow organ transplantation across what is currently considered HLA-mismatching by identifying acceptable mismatches that permit long-term graft survival.

Located at the Vancouver General Hospital (Vancouver, Canada) GCTC members are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow with expertise in cell-based assays, molecular biology, and flow cytometry. 

Learn more about the reserach activities and educational requirements.

Send your CV, contact information, and two to three references to Vikramjit Chopra at The deadline for applications is August 31, 2019 or until the position has been filled. 

Research Associate, UBC MS/MRI research group

The MS/MRI research group is a multidisciplinary team of physicists, computer scientists, neurologists and radiologists. Together, this team leads innovative research and clinical trials with a focus on the use of MRI to study and evaluate treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in this interdisciplinary environment, supporting the design and conduction of current and future neuroimaging studies. Candidates are expected to work independently within the research team and should therefore have considerable experience with clinical and research MRI study design in the context of MS. 

Learn more about the position and submit your application at UBC Human Resources (Job ID: 34502).

Part-Time Research Coordinator, VGH Otolaryngology Divison

The Vancouver General Hospital Otolaryngology Division is hiring a part-time research coordinator to support ongoing and new research projects. This research coordinator will work closely with the VGH Otolaryngology faculty members and residents on their respective research projects and will need to have strong time management skills and be proficient in the above tasks with minimal supervision. It is desirable that this individual would have experience with the creation and submission of ethics protocols, familiarity with the review and submission of manuscripts, patient screening and recruitment and facilitation of regular research meetings.  Currently, this position requires 16-20 hours per week. If desired, this position may develop into a full time employment opportunity in the future. 

Submit your application with the subject line "VGH Research Coordinator Candidate - *Your Name*" to Dr. Arif Janjua at

We also welcome graduate students, medical students, health professional students, residents, clinical fellows, and postdoctoral fellows to VCH Research Institute – your work is vital to helping us achieve our vision of healthier lives through discovery.​

For information on joining VCH Research Institute, visit VCH careers website and UBC human resources website.