Clinical Chemist

Position Summary

Enjoy the satisfaction of a rewarding leadership career with Interior Health. We are looking for a Clinical Chemist to join our Lab Operations team to guide day-to-day operations and contribute to the growth and enhancement of our regional program.

Led by a forward-thinking leadership team focused on innovation and giving people room to grow, we are looking for people who want to make a difference in the communities in which they live, work and play. As a top 100 BC Employer, we also offer one of the best benefits packages in Canada, including Medical, Dental and Extended Health coverage, a defined pension plan and paid vacation starting at 4 weeks to a maximum of 7 weeks annually.

The preferred home location for this position is Kamloops but another possible home location is Kelowna.

About the Role

In accordance with the established vision and values of the organization and within the context of a client and quality-centered model of care, the Clinical Chemist promotes a safe and respectful working environment for patients, colleagues, and staff.

Reporting to the Central Area Medical Director and Director, Laboratory Operations in a dyad model, the Clinical Chemist is primarily responsible for the oversight of assigned areas within the Clinical Chemistry scope of practice which may include high volume chemistry, high volume immunoassay, blood gas analysis, urinalysis, protein chemistry, lipids, point-of-care, and mass spectrometry, as applicable. The Clinical Chemist is encouraged to participate in the academic program under the clinical faculty stream with the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBC-O).

Key Responsibilities

1. Promotes a safe and respectful working environment for patients, colleagues, and staff.

2. Oversees high volume chemistry, high volume immunoassay, blood gas urinalysis, protein chemistry, lipids, point of care, and mass spectrometry, as applicable.

3. Participates in the oversight of remote laboratories within Interior Health (IH).

4. Provides interpretive reporting (sign-out) of select tests, such as protein electrophoresis and endocrine testing, in collaboration with colleagues.

5. In collaboration with the Chemistry Discipline Team, advises what new tests should be offered in coordination with clinical departments and provides professional advice, consultation, and support in the development and/or implementation of such tests.

6. Assists the Medical Director and Director, Laboratory Operations in defining and ranking capital equipment needs for the laboratory and participates in the preparation of requests for proposal (RFPs) for instrumentation acquisitions.

7. Participates in, identifies, and/or conducts research activities in the field of expertise, reporting results in publications and presenting at conferences at a local, regional, national, or international level to disseminate findings.

8. Participates in onsite electives and/or training of UBC-Okanagan medical students and residents who may rotate through the Kelowna General Hospital laboratory.

9. Participates on Provincial (e.g., Lab Agency), Regional, and Hospital committees to offer advice on sub-specialty matters and/or represents the perspectives of IH as applicable.

10. Performs other duties as assigned.


Education, Training, and Experience

• A Doctoral degree (PhD) from an academically accredited university and successful completion of a minimum two-year Clinical Chemistry Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program from an accredited Canadian program or from a COMACC ( approved American program.
• In addition, Clinical Chemistry Board Certification with a recognized accrediting body such as the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry or the American Board of Clinical Chemistry, or, if just completing training, eligibility for Clinical Chemistry Board Certification.
• Post-certification experience with development of sub-specialty expertise and additional certification is an asset.

LEADS Capabilities

Demonstrates all LEADS Capabilities, in particular:
• Leads Self/Cultural Agility – self-awareness, demonstrates character; noticing and adapting to cultural uniqueness to create a sense of safety for all.
• Engages Others/Empathy – fosters the development of others, communicates effectively, builds effective teams, listens with heart rather than reacting.
• Achieves Results/Process Orientation – sets direction, strategically aligns decisions with vision, values & evidence, accepting that use of process orientation and a ‘good relationship’ are concrete deliverables.
• Develops Coalitions/Building a Trust-Based Relationship – builds partnerships & networks to create results, demonstrates a commitment to customers & service, navigates socio-political environments, building personal relationships in addition to professional ones, participating in open exchanges of experiences and culture.
• System Transformation/Credible Champion – demonstrates systems/critical thinking, strategically oriented to the future, champions & orchestrates change, remains self-aware and maintains effective relationships, shows courage and conviction in advocating for change for the betterment of Aboriginal people.

Skills and Abilities

• Lead and manage test development, implementation, and maintenance activities.
• Mentor scientific/technical staff to provide an optimal mix of quality, efficiency, and productivity in the provision of clinical chemistry services.
• Perform and troubleshoot complex clinical chemistry procedures.
• Plan and manage technical and scientific projects and design and execute research proposals.
• Review and recommend requests for proposals (RFPs).
• Provide scientific supervision for specific laboratory testing.
• Evaluate clinical laboratory quality systems and employ continuous process improvement techniques.
• Use computerized laboratory information systems and standard desktop computer applications.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.


*Starting salary is approximately $149,000 - $186,000 and will be based on education, training and experience.

This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.

Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with internal career exploration, send your question via email to to be redirected to the Employment Advisor. We invite applicants to self-identify as First nations, Métis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.

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