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Postdoctoral Fellow - The Mood and Anxiety Treatment and Research Program - Temporary Full-time (06162021-2)

Toronto, ON, CA Posted: 6/16/2021 1:44:06 PM

Postdoctoral Fellow, Sunnybrook Research Institute

(Temporary Full-time, 1 year term with the possibility of renewal)

The Mood and Anxiety Treatment and Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) seeks an outstanding candidate in clinical psychology to contribute to the successful implementation and completion of a newly CIHR funded large-scale study on the efficacy and treatment mechanisms of Mindfulness Based Interventions as a stand-alone treatment for patient participants with OCD. This study aims to examine the neurophysiological and psychological risk mechanisms underlying the disorder in order to elucidate potential biomarkers of the illness and treatment response which could assist in the diagnosis and alteration of OCD illness trajectory.

The successful candidate will work closely with the project principal investigators: Dr. Neil Rector at the Sunnybrook site and Dr. Randi McCabe at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton site. Study participants will be recruited through the 2 sites requiring between-site co-ordination.

Candidates must have or are near completion of a Ph.D. in clinical psychology as well as clinical and research experience in CBT and mindfulness-based interventions. Knowledge and experience with database management software and advanced statistical techniques, such as MLM, would be an asset. Opportunities will include sharing participation in the development and implementation of clinical trial research, tracking participants through various aspects of a clinical study, providing supervised treatment and facilitating groups, data management and analysis, and possible collaboration in training and oversight of different projects. There will be many opportunities for manuscript development, grant writing mentorship, and a range of other collaborative research opportunities. The fellow will work alongside other undergraduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral researchers in the lab. Activities and clinical supervision meeting the requirements for licensure in Ontario will also be provided through the Thompson Anxiety Disorders Clinic which is a large university-based OCD and Anxiety Disorder assessment and treatment Centre at SHSC.

Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. The position is for one year with the potential to renew up to two years. The pay scale is benchmarked to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) postdoctoral salary scale which will pay at or above this set rate.

All interested candidates should submit: 1. A statement of interest, 2. Curriculum vitae, and 3. Three letters of recommendation, to Neil A. Rector, Ph.D., c/o Rotem Regev, Research Coordinator, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Mood and Anxiety Treatment and Research Program, rotem.regev@sunnybrook.ca

Information about the Sunnybrook Research Institute at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, one of Canada’s largest research institutes, can be found at: www.sunnybrook.ca/research/

We thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates short-listed for 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.


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.