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Post-Doctoral Fellow (TRAIL Lab) 

Category Research  
Req Number RES-19-00035  
Department Bloorview Research Institute 

Work type Temporary Full-Time 

Grade Grade 4 ($26.01/hr to $31.09/hr) 

FTE 1.00 

Posting Close Date 01/31/2020 


Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow

Status: Temporary Full-Time (1.00 FTE)

Program: Bloorview Research Institute

Supervisor: Sally Lindsay

Salary: Grade 4 ($26.01 - $30.19)

Start Date: January 6, 2020

End Date: December 31, 2020

Post-Doctoral Fellow - TRAIL lab

Applications are invited for a temporary, full-time post-doctoral fellow (5 days per week for 1 year) (January to December 2020) with interest in improving inclusive employment for young people with disabilities. This fellow will work with a Senior Scientist and multi-disciplinary research teams in the Bloorview Research Institute (fully affiliated with the University of Toronto), TRAIL lab and other partners and organizations.

This post-doctoral fellow will contribute to a research program focused on improving inclusion and employment for people with disabilities. They will mainly contribute to our project, 'Enhancing healthy and productive work for youth with disabilities' (funded through a CIHR-SSHRC partnership grant). This position requires someone with experience in qualitative and/or quantitative research and effective writing and knowledge translation skills. The candidate will be responsible for developing their own related research related to improving inclusive employment for young people with disabilities in the workforce, contributing to lab projects and mentoring other students within the lab.

Please submit a resume along with a cover letter outlining how your training and experience meet the criteria below. Please include a recent sample of your writing and a recent transcript.

Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute to data collection (organize recruitment, conduct interviews, focus groups, survey data), data analysis, and KT activities
  • Contribute to writing peer-reviewed publications and funding applications
  • Regularly report to principal and co-investigators and other team members
  • Contribute to research ethics applications, amendments and renewals as needed
  • Mentor undergraduate, graduate students and lab volunteers as needed
  • Prepare summaries and presentations for multiple audiences and other knowledge translation activities
  • Liaise with clinicians, families and other project partners, team members and community partners
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Recent PhD in Sociology, Rehabilitation or Health Sciences, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Disability Studies, or related field (core competences expected with such a degree include: a solid understanding and experience with a variety of research methods and data analysis techniques, ethics training, relevant social and/or health science theories / frameworks, effective writing and presentation skills, critical thinking, organizational skills)
  • Strong academic record and previous research experience preferred
  • Experience with quantitative and/or survey data analysis and SPSS or R, preferred
  • Experience with interviewing and qualitative analysis (NVIVO), preferred
  • Advanced word processing skills (MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint, REFworks and Endnotes), and ability to learn new software as needed
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet multiple, competing deadlines (effective time management and organizational skills are essential)
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders to develop relationships and achieve shared goals
  • Excellent organization and priority setting skills
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently while taking responsibility for progress and also able to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent interpersonal, and problem solving skills
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and consistently produce high quality work
  • Ability to write effectively for multiple audiences (academic, lay, policy decision-makers)
  • Creativity, diplomacy and tact, essential
  • Experience with knowledge mobilization, preferred
  • Experience or knowledge of disability disclosure, workplace accommodations, vocational rehabilitation, social inclusion and/or gender sensitive care is considered an asset
  • Commitment to and support of the organizational mission and vision of the hospital and the TRAIL lab

About the Organization Join a world of possibility! Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital creates a world of possibility by supporting children and youth living with disability, medical complexity, illness and injury. Holland Bloorview is a top 40 Canadian research hospital that is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and serves over 7,500 families annually. Providing both inpatient and outpatient services, Holland Bloorview is renowned for its expertise in partnering with clients and families to provide exceptional care and is the only organization to ever achieve 100 per cent in two successive quality surveys by Accreditation Canada.

Holland Bloorview has won numerous awards including Greater Toronto's Top Employers, Canada's Top Employers for Young People and Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures. We offer an inspiring, innovative, and collaborative work environment with competitive compensation and benefit packages and programs that support ongoing learning and professional growth.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto and is committed to fostering a climate of equity and diversity and welcomes and respects the diversity of our clients, families, staff, trainees, volunteers, trustees and partners. As part of our commitment to fair and equitable recruitment and selection practices, we encourage applications from racialized persons, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas within our community.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application by pressing the "Apply" button near the top of this page. Should you require accommodation during any stage in the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at or 416-425-6220.  

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