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Sorry, the application deadline for this position was 9/30/2019

Reference Number: 000001236
Posted Date: 8/21/2019
Closing Date: 9/30/2019

Department: Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute
Position: Post-doctoral Fellowship

POSITION TITLE  Post-doctoral Fellowship
DEPARTMENT  Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute
EMPLOYMENT TYPE  Regular Full-Time
HOURS OF WORK 37.5 hours per week
REPORTS TO  Prinicipal investigaor


A post-doctoral fellowship position is available to a PhD trained individual with a desire to embrace the complexity and messiness of digital health implementation with passion, resilience, and lots of creativity.  The vision of this project is to leverage technology and relationships to bridge the gap between patient, family and provider expectations about care transitions and current practices. Help us to build a Digital Bridge from hospital to home for patients with complex health and social care needs; work with us to understand the people, settings, contexts and beliefs that can drive us forward or set us back; find for yourself new areas of inquiry that urgently require attention if we are to transform our health system. To be successful in this role, the candidate will need to embrace the dizzying highs and tumultuous lows of real-world, pragmatic research, using innovative and rigorous research methodologies, alongside strong relational skills needed to work in this high performing team. 


This role will primarily be housed at the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, but will also involve travel to the study partner site at the Institute for Better Health at Trillium Health Partners.

About the Collaboratory:

The Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, located on the beautiful Bridgepoint campus of the Sinai Health System, 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 works 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 a health services research arm in the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Sinai Health System, which is a University of Toronto affiliated research centre and is 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. 

About the Institute for Better Health:

Trillium Health Partners established the Institute for Better Health to help create a new kind of health care for a healthier community. The Institute for Better Health leads research projects that align with the hospital’s goals and supports the advancement of research work across the hospital – all with the intention of improving health and transforming care. Research is happening throughout the hospital, from primary care to medical devices and cardiology to new drug interventions. The Institute for Better Health is focused on systems-based research and population health while building the infrastructure to better support and enable all research at the hospital. We believe that solutions that work within our walls will also work beyond our walls. Being embedded in one of the largest hospitals in Ontario offers exciting opportunities to test solutions that can be adapted to impact health and care in our community, province, country and beyond.


The Post-doctoral fellow will work under the supervision of the Digital Bridge Principal Investigators ((Dr. Carolyn Steele Gray, Dr. Michelle Nelson and Dr. Terence Tang) for the Digital Bridge project. In addition to pursuing an independent line of inquiry within the research program, the fellow will act as the lead Research Manager for the Digital Bridge Team grant, a multi-site pragmatic trial which will implement and evaluate a digital enabled transition model of care for patients with complex health and social care needs. This will require the fellow to work with a diverse group of project Co-Investigators, research coordinators, assistants and graduate students to ensure project activities and milestones are met. Opportunities to attend appropriate training, conferences and symposia, as well as work with internationally-recognized team of researchers will be available to the candidate.


  • Develop an independent research plan over the 3 year period which includes identification of new lines of inquiry within the broader Digital Bridge project. The candidate will be expected to craft research questions and pursue a sub-study that will advance the proposed research plan.  

  • Act as the lead Research Manager for the Digital Bridge project, coordinating activities across two hospital systems in the Toronto and Mississauga areas. Travel between the sites is expected.

  • Organizing and collecting data (working groups, interviews, surveys, observations) – helping to coordinate a team of research assistants and staff to support these activities

  • Support data analysis around core research questions

  • Act as first point of contact for the team (researchers, advisory committees, knowledge users and other stakeholder groups)

  • 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 support other knowledge translation activities (e.g., symposia, newsletters, website content)



  • 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 the project evolves in two large complex health systems and their health technologies.

  • Strong relational skills and be able to exert influence and work across sectors (hospitals, primary care and community).

  • Ability to work independently and without direct supervision, and 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 be able to 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 {September 30, 2019}. We thank all candidates for applying. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contact Name: Online


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