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2024 Ward Summer Research Student - Elaine Biddiss 

Category Research  
Req Number RES-23-00036  
Open Date 12/11/2023  
Number of Openings 1  
Department Bloorview Research Institute 

Work type Temporary Full-Time 

Grade None Specified 

FTE 1.00 

Posting Close Date 02/19/2024 


Bloorview Research Institute

2024 Ward Summer Student Research Program


Title: Ward Summer Research Student - Elaine Biddiss

Status: Temporary Full Time (1.00 FTE)

Compensation: $16.55/hr

Start Date: May 6, 2024

End Date: July 26, 2024

Lab: Possibility Engineering and Research Lab (PEARL)

Supervisor: Elaine Biddiss

Program: Bloorview Research Institute



The Ward Summer Student Research program provides an opportunity to experience a unique interdisciplinary mentorship experience. Successful incumbents 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 findings to the organization and its visitors.

We are looking for an enthusiastic summer student to work on the implementation and kinematic evaluation of video games that support children of all abilities in learning, play, and health. From practicing therapy exercises at home to engaging in musical play and learning, games can encourage more equitable access to opportunities that enrich children's lives. In this role, you will work with an interdisciplinary team of clinicians, engineers, and game developers to contribute to this growing field.

The Bloorview Research Institute is pleased to launch SOAR (Sparking student Opportunities for Advancing inclusive childhood disability Research) in partnership with the Community of Support-Research Application Support Initiative (COS-RASI). SOAR aims to provide students experiencing structural disadvantages based on their identities, socioeconomic backgrounds and lived experience with research and mentorship opportunities as part of the Ward Family Summer Student Research Program. Eligible students include but are not limited to those who identify as Indigenous, Black, Filipino, socioeconomically disadvantaged, or identify as having a disability. Applications for SOAR positions are submitted separately. Please click here for more details on how to apply.


Compensation Details

The program runs for 12 weeks from May 6, 2024 – July 26, 2024. Students will be paid $16.55 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 entry, analysis and report writing
  • Development of data analytics and algorithms 
  • Additional duties assigned as required



  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program with minimum GPA of 80%
  • Able to communicate effectively with staff and clients
  • Previous experience working with children with disabilities would be an asset
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Has working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint & Excel
  • Previous experience in any of the following areas would be an asset:
  1. signal processing, algorithm design, and machine learning methods including proficiency with MATLAB or Python, OR
  2. Observational and/or kinematic research studies, OR
  3. Qualitative data analysis



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.

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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