Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: KITE (Toronto Rehab Research Institute)

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University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Spinal Cord Rehabilitation.

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The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.

University Health Network (UHN) is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. Research across UHN’s five research institutes spans the full spectrum of diseases and disciplines, including cancer, cardiovascular sciences, transplantation, neural and sensory sciences, musculoskeletal health, rehabilitation sciences, and community and population health. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

A Physical Therapy postdoctoral fellowship position is available for 1-2 years in the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team at the Lyndhurst Centre, TRI-UHN. The position will involve research related to mobility assessments and interventions for patients with spinal cord impairment. Important clinical resources include: A high volume of inpatients and outpatients with SCI, a specialized SCI neurorehabilitation program, a longitudinal follow-up database, onsite body composition, neurophysiology, electrophysiology, kinematic, cardiovascular, autonomic, postural and locomotion assessment areas throughout the centre. Physiatry, rehabilitation engineering, physical and occupational therapy are all strong services, each linked to the University of Toronto, which is an exemplary designated academic teaching hospital. but are not mandatory requirements.

• Ph.D. awarded within the past 5 years
• Has published peer reviewed articles in field of study
• Excellent understanding of the rehabilitaion process or prior study prior study of the SCI population will be considered a distinct advantage
• Ability to commit to developing funded research projects that involve graduate students and applying for further postdoctoral funding
• Prior expertise working with rehabilitation technology and locomotor training would be an asset
• Licensure to practice Physical Therapy in Canada would be an asset
• Detail-oriented and well organized
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Computer literacy (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point)
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

The Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team is a group of distinguished SCI scientists funded from Canadian Institute of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Rick Hansen Institute, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, in association with other investigators, Clinical Fellows, Postdoctoral fellows, PhD and MSc students, and co-op students from Canada and abroad. Presently the team has 9 principal investigators, 20 graduate students and more than 30 team members. More information about the present activities of the group can be found at:

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