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Postdoctoral Fellow - St. John’s Rehab - Sunnybrook Research Institute (05172022)

Toronto, ON, CA Posted: 5/17/2022 4:11:20 PM

The St. John’s Rehab Research Program (Sunnybrook Research Institute) invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship (with possibility of renewal) in the areas of COVID-19 recovery and psychosocial rehabilitation.

‘Long COVID’ is emerging as a condition that impacts up to 35% of COVID-19 (COVID) patients. Rehabilitation care for long COVID has predominately focused on respiratory function, and little attention has been given to the psychosocial wellbeing of people with long COVID. People with long COVID report difficulty with activities of daily living, return to work, and experiences of stigma that negatively impact their mental health. This suggests a need for more holistic and individualized rehabilitation care provided by interdisciplinary teams to better support recovery. Dr. Marina Wasilewski and Dr. Robert Simpson have received a CIHR Grant to co-design an evidence- and experience-informed rehabilitation strategy that will help to support the psychosocial recovery of people with long COVID.

To advance these goals, we are seeking a passionate postdoctoral fellow who will have the opportunity to gain experience and expand their network through collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, care providers, and patient partners. We invite applications from individuals interested in developing a program of research in the areas of psychosocial support, COVID-19 recovery, implementation science, and/or patient-oriented research. Opportunities for professional development include publishing, presenting at scientific meetings, generating project/publication ideas, writing grants, leading mixed-method analyses, and training in new methodological approaches (e.g. co-design).

Qualifications and Experience:

  • PhD degree in rehabilitation sciences, health policy and management, social work, or related discipline is required
  • PhD must be obtained within 5 years of start date
  • Experience conducting literature reviews (e.g., scoping, systematic, meta-analysis)
  • Experience conducting qualitative interviews with a variety of participants, including health care providers, senior healthcare leaders, care recipients, and family caregivers
  • Experience with qualitative data analysis, including thematic analysis, qualitative description, and/or framework-guided analyses
  • Experience with qualitative data organization/management systems, such as NVivo
  • Exposure to survey methodologies and statistical analysis
  • Familiarity with SPSS
  • Ability to manage complex projects, including stakeholder management
  • Flexible, creative thinker with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Outstanding research track record as evidenced by publications in high impact journals in the fields of rehabilitation, health services, health/social care, and/or implementation science

The Role Involves:

  • Overseeing multiple study components aimed at understanding and describing the experiences of people with long COVID and their psychosocial rehabilitation and support needs
  • Leading qualitative (e.g., interviewing) and quantitative (e.g., surveys) data collection, analysis, and reporting
  • Developing an evidence base to inform the development of rehabilitation strategies that address psychosocial recovery of people with long COVID
  • Engaging with patient partners and key stakeholders to optimize fit of research outputs with existing care practices and stakeholder needs
  • Knowledge translation, communication, and presentation (e.g., creating visual data briefs, conference presentations/posters, and manuscripts for publication)

The outcomes of the postdoctoral fellow’s work will inform subsequent phases of the project—including the co-design and implementation of a psychosocial rehab strategy to support people with long COVID.

The successful candidate will report to Dr. Marina Wasilewski and Dr. Robert Simpson (Sunnybrook Research Institute). This will be a funded, one-year postdoctoral fellowship (with possibility of renewal), where the fellow will be mentored and encouraged to apply for other available sources of funding. The fellow will be provided with an on-site workspace at St. John’s Rehab (with some remote work possible).

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a CV and cover letter to Dr. Marina Wasilewski at marina.wasilewski@sunnybrook.ca

Deadline to apply: May 31st, 2022

We thank you in advance for your interest. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Sunnybrook Research Institute is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Sunnybrook Research Institute is strongly committed to inclusion and diversity within its community and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: visible minorities, all religions and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


Please be advised that in order to be eligible for employment at Sunnybrook, all new hires must have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series); AND have received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago. Medical exemptions or any other kind of requested exemption based upon the Hospital’s obligations pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis.