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EMBARK Scientist 

Category Research  
Req Number RES-22-00032  
Open Date 8/29/2022  
Number of Openings 1  
Department Bloorview Research Institute 

Work type Temporary Full-Time 

Grade TBD 

FTE 1.0 

Posting Close Date 01/31/2023 


The Bloorview Research Institute (BRI) and the Black Research Network (BRN) is inviting applications to the inaugural call of the EMBARK (Empowering Black Academics, Researchers and Knowledge Creators) program. This program will provide incumbent(s) the opportunity to be part of a thriving, highly productive research environment where they will develop the skills, experiences, and accolades required to thrive as independent investigators in their careers.

The successful candidate(s) will develop and lead an independent research program throughout their term, with one focus being to meaningfully engage Black communities. The area of the incumbents' research should align with one of the BRI's research themes: exploring human dimensions of care and disability, developing and improving interventions, or understanding developmental diversity. 

The incumbent(s) will be provided mentorship by a senior scientist at the BRI. The incumbent is expected to be eligible for appointment to the relevant department at the University of Toronto, and the School of Graduate Studies as an Associate Member. The successful candidate(s) will be eligible for Principal Investigator status and have access to the facilities, resources, and support afforded to scientists at the BRI.

The incumbent(s) will be eligible to access and participate in any professional development opportunities (trainings, funding, networking) designed by Black Research Network (BRN) during their program.

The anticipated start date for this temporary, full-time opportunity (3-year term) is January 2, 2023 and the posting will remain open until the position is filled.


Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and lead an independent research program that advances scholarship in childhood disability
  • Eemonstrate an open and flexible approach to establishing and advancing collaborative relationships between researchers and clinical staff
  • Develop new knowledge that contributes to positive health and social outcomes for children
  • Adhere to all regulations, institutional requirements, and policies currently in effect or in the future
  • Secure competitive extramural research funding
  • Attract and train at least one master's student and several summer students
  • Authentically engage diverse clients and families, including racialized and Indigenous families
  • Publish high quality articles in the most well-respected journals of the field
  • Lead related knowledge translation activities
  • Contribute to the intellectual property of the BRI
  • Build partnerships with government, public sector, and the private sector to further the advancement of childhood disability research


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Completion of a PhD, MD, and/or other Doctorate level degree in a relevant field
  • Experience as a post-doctoral fellow is preferred
  • Demonstration of a track-record of research productivity is preferred
  • Strong motivation to develop and establish an independent research program
  • In partnership with the Black Research Network, we encourage candidates who identify as of Black heritage and ethnicity to apply
About the Organization Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital creates a world of possibility by supporting children and youth with disabilities, medical complexity, illness and injury. All of our work is guided by our strategic plan, Transformative Care, Inclusive World: Holland Bloorview 2030. The plan:

To get a glimpse as to who Holland Bloorview is, we invite you to watch the Dear Everybody, This is Holland Bloorview video. Video:

Holland Bloorview is committed to fostering a climate of inclusion, diversity, equity accessibility, and anti-racism (IDEAA). This commitment is central to, and mutually supportive of, our research excellence mandate. We welcome and respect the diversity of all members of our community and we seek to create an inclusive culture for our clients, families, research scientists, staff, participants, trainees, volunteers, trustees, and partners. To help in our journey towards fully reflecting the communities we partner with, we welcome and encourage applications from Black individuals and other racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI2SA+ persons, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas within our community. Holland Bloorview is committed to fair assessment of a candidate's abilities, and consideration for diversity of thought, method, and experience, including non-traditional career paths.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, accommodation will be provided throughout the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting or 416-425-6220.  

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