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Systems Specialist

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  • Vancouver
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Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC)

Today’s Research. Tomorrow’s Medicine.

The GSC is a department of the BC Cancer Research Institute and a high-throughput genome sequencing facility. We are leaders in genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics in pursuit of novel treatment strategies for cancers and other diseases.

Among the world’s first genome centres to be established within a cancer clinic, for more than two decades our scientists and innovators have been designing and deploying cutting-edge technologies to benefit health and advance clinical research.

Among the GSC’s most significant accomplishments are the first publication to demonstrate the use of whole-genome sequencing to inform cancer treatment planning, the first published sequence of the SARS coronavirus genome and major contributions to the first physical map of the human genome as part of the Human Genome Project.

By joining the GSC you will become part of an exceptional and diverse team of scientists, clinicians, experts and professionals operating at the leading edge of clinical research. We look for people who share our core values—science, timeliness, respect—to join us on our mission to use genome science for the betterment of health and society.


Job Reference No: SS_R00008_Systems_2023_02_07
The Systems Security Specialist is a subject matter expert who participates in the running of a heterogeneous compute facility for a state of the art research facility. This facility encompasses over 300 desktop seats, 12PB of networked storage and over 24000 cores of clustered high performance compute (HPC). This position will report to the Systems Manager.

Key Accountabilities

  • Configuration and tuning of Windows/Linux and Mac operation systems, installation of software onto systems
  • Maintenance of Microsoft Enterprise applications such as Exchange, Active Directory and Windows servers.
  • Responsible for monthly Windows security updates of client machines and servers
  • Advising the Systems Manager and participating in planning solutions for future directions as defined by the GSC
  • Assisting junior and intermediate team members
  • Documenting processes and maintaining knowledge bases
  • Other duties as prescribed by supervisor

A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience. Four (4) years’ experience in a systems administrator role. With a focus on Exchange, Active directory.

High level of expertise with the Windows operating system including tuning and the creation of installation repositories. Deep understanding of Windows internals will be beneficial.

Network administration experience is beneficial, as is understanding the fundamentals of inter-server connectivity.

Demonstrated proficiency in working in a high throughput service desk and being able to manage multiple projects at a time.

Self-motivated, personal accountability with the ability to work independently within a team environment following prescribed processes with the ability to give direction to junior and intermediate team members. Ability to plan, organize and coordinate a variety of activities to ensure maximum effectiveness.

Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with individuals at all levels, both internal and external to the GSC. Strong analytical skills. A problem solver able to dive deep into a problem without losing sight of the big picture and working with integrity, adaptability and originality. Physical ability to perform the duties of the job and lift 50 lbs.

Please submit a detailed cover letter and resume to, using Job Reference No: SS_R00008_Systems_2023_02_07 in the subject line of your email.

This posting will remain online until filled.

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

Please note all jobs at the GSC are based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Flexible work options are available for this position upon request and is subject to change in accordance with GSC’s operational needs and PHSA’s Flexible Work Options Policy.

We welcome all applicants and provide all employees with equal opportunity for advancement, regardless of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, conviction of a criminal or summary conviction offence unrelated to their employment.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.