Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program

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

Job Posting # 897290

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow 
Site: KITE – Toronto Rehab Research Institute (Lyndhurst Centre)
Department: Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation/Health Services
Reports to: Principal Investigator
Status: Temporary Full-time (1 – 2 years)

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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 1,600 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 seven 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.

We are seeking a Osteoporosis/Diagnostic Imaging postdoctoral fellowship position is available for 1-2 years in the Neural Engineering and Therapeutics Team at the University Health Network – Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – Lyndhurst Centre. The position will involve research related to health complications and health services for patients with spinal cord impairment. Prior expertise in osteoporosis, diabetes or heart disease would be an asset, but is not a mandatory requirement.

The applicant is expected to have a PhD degree, awarded within the last 5 years, and is expected to have published peer reviewed articles in the field of her/his study. An understanding of the rehabilitation process or prior study of the SCI population will be considered a distinct advantage. The candidate must commit to developing funded research projects that involve graduate students and applying for further postdoctoral funding.  

Environment: 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. 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:

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posted Date: April 21, 2022              Closing Date: May 19, 2022

More information and apply here.