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Scientist Music & the Arts, The Bloorview Research Institute at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline July 31, 2016

Position Overview:
The Bloorview Research Institute at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital invites applications for a Scientist in the area of music and arts as they pertain to children and youth with disabilities, and their families.

Music and arts are therapeutic and complement rehabilitation, enhancing quality of life through the promotion of creative expression and social participation in integrated settings. Enjoyment, creation, and interpretation of art and music nurture children’s creative instincts and allow them to expand individual interests, capabilities and communication. Music and music therapy, therapeutic arts, and flagship inclusive/integrated arts programs are currently offered to clients of Holland Bloorview.

The successful candidate will:

  • lead a program of research that advances our understanding of the role of music and arts in paediatric rehabilitation.
  • conduct transdisciplinary research that incorporates music and arts towards a better understanding of the social, psychological, and cultural determinants of the participation and inclusion of children with diverse dis/abilities.
  • demonstrate an open and flexible approach to establishing and advancing collaborative relationships between researchers and clinical staff, to move forward the music and arts agenda at Holland Bloorview, and
  • develop new knowledge that contributes to positive health outcomes for children.

Comfort with cross-disciplinary approaches (e.g. neuroscience, music, physiology, medicine, engineering, speech language pathology, psychology, sociology etc.) and the use of novel methodologies is highly desirable.

The scientist will be responsible for securing competitive research funding, attracting and training top-notch graduate students, authentically engaging clients and families, publishing articles in high impact journals and leading knowledge translation activities. The scientist is expected to interface seamlessly with clinical and research teams at Holland Bloorview and will be eligible for a status only appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in a cognate department of the University of Toronto. Candidates must have a PhD in an appropriate scientific specialization related to music and arts. Demonstrated innovation in music and arts research and a promising track record of high quality scientific publications are also required. Post-doctoral training is preferred.

Competencies required include: ability to formulate and lead an innovative, internationally-leading scientific program of inquiry that incorporates the client and family perspective in the design and implementation of research; superb scientific writing abilities and proficiency with writing journal articles; ability to work collaboratively with clinical teams in an interdisciplinary academic environment, especially within the Centre for Leadership in Participation and Inclusion at Holland Bloorview, where music and the arts constitute an identified strategic priority; ability to effectively communicate with clinicians and faculty of different backgrounds; versatility with emerging knowledge translation practices; compelling potential to contribute to evidence-based practice and best-practice guidelines; exemplary mentorship skills with potential to train the next generation of music/arts/rehabilitation scientists; excellent teaching and presentation skills; and proven analytical skills and critical thinking.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests, 3 representative publications and names of 3 references.

The deadline for applications is: July 31, 2016.

About The Organization  

Join a world of possibility! Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is Canada's largest children's rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities. Our work environment is inspiring, innovative, collaborative and rooted in our organizational vision to create a world of possibility. We are a Top Employer for Young People, one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers, and offer competitive compensation, benefit packages and programs that support ongoing learning and professional growth.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is an equal opportunity employer.

All interested candidates are invited to submit their application by pressing the "Apply" button near the top of this page. Holland Bloorview is committed to inclusive and accessible employment practices. Should an applicant require accommodation during any stage in the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources.

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