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Sorry, the application deadline for this position was 8/16/2020

Reference Number: 000001352
Posted Date: 7/30/2020
Closing Date: 8/16/2020

Department: LTRI
Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow

POSITION TITLE  Post-Doctoral Fellow
EMPLOYMENT TYPE  Temporary Full Time
HOURS OF WORK  37.5 hours per week
REPORTS TO  Principal Investigator


A one-year postdoctoral fellowship position is available for an individual who has completed their PhD within the past 5 years, and wants to advance a research program focused on community reintegration and people with complex care needs. Transitioning from hospital to home is understood to be a time of increased vulnerability, especially for the frail elderly, recent immigrants, and individuals with complex chronic conditions. Fragmentation during care transitions can lead to medication errors, readmissions, decreased patient satisfaction, further morbidity and even mortality. These issues can be exacerbated in smaller communities, where resources and services may be lacking, transportation limitations may exist, providers may be limited or wait times may be increased. Despite efforts to develop health system solutions, transitions remain the most dangerous element of all care pathways.

Increasing complex patient populations, new reimbursement models, and pressures to reduce costs while improving care quality and patient experience have driven policy makers to seeking innovative solutions. However, the role and contributions of a key community partner – Voluntary Sector Organizations (non-government, charitable, third sector) - in improving patient experience and system efficiency are still often unaccounted for or under-recognized.  This one-year fellowship will focus on integrated care – specifically questions related to intersectoral partnerships with the Voluntary Sector to address issues of community reintegration post rehabilitation.


The Collaboratory for Research and Innovation is located on the beautiful Bridgepoint campus of Sinai Health. The Collaboratory is a leader in the study of improving the care and the entire life experience of patients living with complex chronic health conditions. True to our name, the Collaboratory functions as an inter-disciplinary team of researchers, clinician scientists, trainees and staff, working together to produce high quality research to drive health system transformation.

The Collaboratory is part of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Sinai Health, a University of Toronto affiliated research centre, and one of the world's leading centres in biomedical and health systems research. The Institute is committed to excellence in health research and the training of young investigators. Strong partnerships with the clinical programs in our hospitals and with our health system partners ensures that scientific knowledge is used to promote human health and health system improvement. 


The Post-doctoral fellow will work under the supervision Dr. Michelle Nelson. In addition to pursuing an independent line of inquiry within the broader research program, the fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate on research conducted by Dr. Nelson within the Voluncaring Research Lab. This will require the fellow to work with a diverse group of co-investigators, research coordinators, assistants and graduate students to ensure projects’ activities and milestones are met. Opportunities to attend appropriate training, conferences and symposia, as well as work with internationally-recognized researchers will be available to the candidate.


  • Develop and conduct a study related to community reintegration and the voluntary sector
  • Apply for research funding to support ongoing postdoctoral fellowship (CIHR, Mitacs etc.)
  • Identify additional areas of inquiry within the broader program of research to drive additional analyses that address new and novel sub-questions
  • Act as the lead research contact for Dr. Nelson’s projects, coordinating activities across local, national and international teams and projects
  • Organize and collect data (working groups, interviews, surveys, observations) – help to coordinate a team of research staff and graduate students to support these activities
  • Support data analysis
  • Help establish communication and study processes to maximize the skills and talents of the team
  • Support and lead publications and report writing as well as supporting other knowledge translation activities (e.g., symposia, newsletters, website content)


  • PhD degree in a related field (within past 5 years)


  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a collaborative team environment
  • High personal motivation, self-management, and detail-orientation; ability to take responsibility in meeting deadlines
  • High degree of comfort with change, and the ability to be agile and adaptable as projects evolve
  • Strong relational skills and ability to exert influence and work across sectors (hospitals, primary care and community)
  • Ability to work independently and without direct supervision; problem solve technical and methodological issues that arise during the course of the research
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of computer software applications, including Microsoft Office programs. Experience with research software including EndNote and NVivo an asset
  • High level interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills 
  • Must exhibit a high level of professionalism, judgement, ethical conduct, discretion and diplomacy

In accordance with Institute’s policy and legislated health and safety requirements, employment is conditional upon the verification of credentials, completion of a health review, and demonstrating proof of immunity and vaccination status of vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute is a scent sensitive environment and all members of the community are expected to refrain from wearing or using scented products while visiting or working at the Institute. We also support a barrier-free workplace supported by the Institute’s accessibility plan, accommodation and disability management policies and procedures. Should you require accommodation at any point during the recruitment process, including accessible job postings, please contact the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Human Resources Department.


Posting open until August 16, 2020. We thank all candidates for applying. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

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