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Postdoctoral Fellow - Toronto, Ontario

Job Posting# 876116

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow 
Site: Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Department: Supportive Care
Reports to: Principal Investigators
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Status: Temporary Full-time 

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Postdoctoral Fellow at our Supportive Care Department.

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 1,200 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 Postdoctoral Fellowship for one year, with an option to renew for a second year, is available within the Department of Supportive Care of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at University Health Network. This is one of the largest programs in cancer in Canada and a teaching hospital of the University of Toronto. If relevant, the Fellow will have the opportunity to complete supervision for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and to participate in collaborative research in our department.

The successful candidate will be involved in the implementation of 2 mixed-method research projects. The first project is focused on evaluating the experience of individuals requesting Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). The second project is investigating the quality of death in hospital and bereavement outcomes in the COVID-19 era. Recruitment of research participants will take place (either remotely or in-person) at both the University Health Network and the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. The successful candidate will focus on qualitative interviewing and qualitative analyses within these 2 mixed-method projects. Opportunities to initiate or participate in other research related to quality of death and bereavement will also be available. In addition, if relevant, there will be an opportunity to see a wider array of patients/presenting problems during the registration period with the College of Psychologists of Ontario from the Department of Supportive Care, and to receive clinical supervision from clinical psychologists within the department.

This position is ideal for psychologists who wish to complete their supervised practice year in a hospital setting, and who have long term career aspirations as clinician-scientists at a teaching hospital or other academic setting.


  • PhD received within 5 years (or MD received within 10 years) in Psychology or related field
  • A strong track record in qualitative and/or mixed-method research
  • Experience with end-of-life care or bereavement
  • Ability to develop qualitative material for publication
  • Experience and competence in all aspects of research ethics board submissions is required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to apply for external funding (e.g., CIHR) for second year

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.

Closing date: Until Filled

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

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