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2023 Ward Summer Research Student - Timothy Ross 

Category Research  
Req Number RES-22-00050  
Open Date 12/16/2022  
Number of Openings 1  
Department Bloorview Research Institute 

Work type Temporary Full-Time 

Grade None Specified 

FTE 1.00 

Posting Close Date 02/01/2023 


Bloorview Research Institute

2023 Ward Summer Student Research Program


Title: Ward Summer Research Student - Tim Ross

Status: Temporary Full Time (1.00 FTE)

Compensation: $15.50/hr

Start Date: May 1, 2023

End Date: July 22, 2023

Lab: EPIC Lab

Supervisor: Dr. Tim Ross

Program: Bloorview Research Institute



The Ward Summer Student Research program provides an opportunity to experience a unique interdisciplinary mentorship experience. Successful applicants will have opportunities to work with their mentor on a research project, attend our Lunch ‘n’ Learns, and participate in the annual Ward Summer Student Research Day where they will have an opportunity to present their research to the organization and its visitors.

The Ward summer student will work under the mentorship of Dr. Timothy Ross. The student will assist with research projects oriented towards:

  1. Understanding how families living with childhood disability experience their community environments
  2. Using the families’ input to advance more socially just, diverse, and inclusive communities, and/or
  3. Advancing more accessible and inclusive pediatric health care environments

Research topics that the incoming student may engage include school travel and education access, inclusive play, public transit, urban planning policy and process, and the intersection of race and disability experiences. The incoming student can expect to perform tasks that contribute to some of the following:

  • A literature review pertaining to:

(a) childhood disability and a transportation sub-field to be specified later,

(b) advancing more inclusive health care for Indigenous people, or

          (c) advancing inclusive play opportunities

  • Data collection and analysis for an ongoing study of housing experiences of people living with developmental disability
  • Research on qualitative methods and methodologies
  • Content preparation for academic publications, professional reports, and/or knowledge translation products


Compensation Details

The program runs for 12 weeks from May 1, 2023 – July 21, 2023. Students will be paid $15.50 per hour based on a 37.5 hour week (full-time), less statutory deductions, including 4% in lieu of vacation and relevant statutory holiday pay. Students will be paid biweekly through payroll.


Key Responsibilities

  • Data gathering, entry, and analysis
  • Academic and professional report writing
  • General administrative and clerical functions to support projects
  • Interaction with families and project team members across organizations
  • Additional duties assigned as required



  • Enrolled in year 2-4 of an undergraduate program
  • Excellent GPA
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to be a team player
  • Previous experience with children with disabilities is an asset
  • Previous experience in (or, demonstrable interest) in urban planning, landscape architecture, inclusive design, and/or community engagement is an asset
  • Some exposure to qualitative research and policy frameworks
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel



Please submit the following in one (1) pdf file in the order indicated below:

  1. A copy of your most recent curriculum vitae (CV)
  2. A copy of your most recent unofficial university transcript
  3. A list of two referees (recent professors, previous employers) who may be contacted to provide a letter of recommendation in the event you are shortlisted for the position. Please include the full name of referee, title/position, name of institution, institutional email address and phone number

Any applications missing this information will not be accepted. Cover letters are not required, but they can be added to the front of your CV.


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. 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 three 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 is committed to fostering a climate of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. 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 support an inclusive culture for our clients, families, research scientists, staff, participants, trainees, volunteers, trustees, and partners. We welcome applications from Black individuals and other racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2SA+ 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.

Please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting or 416-425-6220.  

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