Postdoctoral Fellow: The Institute for Education Research (TIER)

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University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of a Postdoctoral Fellow in The Institute for Education Research (TIER).

Job Posting #905627

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Site: Toronto General Hospital and the Michener Institute for Education at UHN
Department: The Institute for Education Research (TIER)
Reports to: Principal Investigator
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Status: Temporary Full-time (6 months with possibility of extension)

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Postdoctoral Fellow in The Institute for Education Research (TIER).

Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.

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. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

Our TIER team is passionate about developing high-impact training opportunities for community members, caregivers and health care practitioners for diabetic foot care and wound prevention. We have a collaborative working approach, and we see our work as connectors and developers for organizations and groups who work with clientele in need of foot care. We are aligned with The Michener Institute for Education at UHN, The Institute for Education Research (TIER), UHN Education and UHN Research. We work within a critical anti-oppression framework.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow with experience in collaborative Indigenous health education design, implementation and evaluation to work with our dynamic team. The team is developing a range of foot assessment and care curricula for communities, community organizations and hospital settings through a model of consultation and curriculum co-design, with the goal of reducing the incidence of diabetic limb loss through early wound identification. We will develop upskilling opportunities for learners across the spectrum of foot and wound assessment and care from beginners to advanced practice.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will develop a research question and conduct a qualitative study for publication in the area of of community-led foot assessment and care for Indigenous people at risk of foot wounds. As a member of the team, the Postdoctoral Fellow will advise and support the team to use best practices in collaboration, co-design, data management, OCAP, data sovereignty and dissemination to support development of effective, relevant and culturally appropriate education initiatives with Indigenous organizations and populations and other partner organizations.

Responsibilities include:
• Developing and implementinga qualitative study for publication in the area of community-led foot assessment and care for Indigenous people
• Liaising with Indigenous organizations
• Advising on delivery of programs and services to be accessible, person-centred, culturally rooted, and delivering in safe, culturally sensitive manner
• Co-developing curriculum with partner organizations to meet the unique needs of each setting, facilitate implementation with partner organizations. Knowledge product/academic output:
• Collaborating with partner organizations to identify content and modes of delivery that best meet needs of partners and their communities,
• Co-developing education process and product with partners and research team
• Investigating specific education needs of communities with high rates of diabetes through meetings and observations with partner organizations.
• Developing community specific and general evaluation metrics and processes
• Assessing value and needs for micro-credentialing for some trainees
• Lead education interventions and evaluation in manner that reflects community perspectives and priorities, e.g., Indigenous communities, Northern Communities,
• Collaborating with team via idea-sharing, critical constructive feedback on team plans and products
• Attending research team meetings, fellowship seminars, academic rounds and other education research community events
• Working on site 3 days/week
• Supporting other initiatives as requested

• Completed PhD within past 5 years or MD within past 10 years
• Education in health professions education or related area (possible fields may be Indigenous health or health policy, health curriculum development, health professions education research, preventive and population health education research, social sciences fields with a research focus on health professions education, education research with a focus on health services delivery)
• Demonstrated experience developing ethical and mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous communities and leaders
• Minimum 5 years’ experience in health education/health research required, including experience with health program curriculum development and implementation for health care practitioners and/or community members
• 5 years related experience in health care education programming, Indigenous and Northern communities
• Experience co-designing programs with health care practitioners and/or community groups
• Familiarity with data governance and data sovereignty principles and practices
• Familiarity with principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and structural injustice in research
• Excellent competency in written and verbal skills.
• Strong collaboration skills
• Experience working with service organizations in Northern Ontario is an asset
• Lived experience as a member of an Indigenous community required

Vaccines (COVID 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, covering letter and three letters of reference. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posted Date: September 1, 2022                           Closing Date: Until filled

More information and apply here.