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Postdoctoral Research Position, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Institute for Life Course and Aging, University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline November 25, 2016

Position Title: Postdoctoral Researcher

Division: Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Institute for Life Course and Aging

Immediate Supervisor: Dr. Lynn McDonald, Principal Investigator

Research Funding: This position is contingent upon the availability of funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded project: Engaged Scholarship: Evaluation of Knowledge Mobilization for Older Adults in the Community.

Duration of Position: One-year; January 1st - December 31st 2017

Deadline to apply: November 25th 2016, 5:00pm

The University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work is currently seeking applications for a full-time postdoctoral researcher for a one-year contract with Dr. Lynn McDonald through the Institute for Life Course and Aging. The postdoctoral researcher will work at the University of Toronto's St. George Campus, located in downtown Toronto.

The successful candidate will coordinate, conduct and analyse research activities for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded study "Engaged Scholarship: Evaluation of Knowledge Mobilization for Older Adults in the Community".

The primary research activities will entail in-depth, face-to-face qualitative interviews with approximately 40-50 participants and their analysis. The aim of the interviews is to gain a better understanding of barriers and facilitators to knowledge mobilization for older adults, caregivers and clinicians who provide care for the elderly.

  • Recent PhD graduate (within the last 3 years)
  • A PhD in Gerontology (or a related field) is required


  • Minimum of two (2) years’ qualitative research experience
  • Experience designing and conducting quantitative and qualitative research, including research interviewing, interpreting qualitative data, and intermediate qualitative data analysis
  • Experience working with older adults
  • Knowledge of issues related to aging and the care of the elderly
  • Evaluation and research methods
  • Experience coordinating projects, and developing grants
  • Experience with authoring papers for publication in academic journals
  • Preparing and delivering conference presentation


  • Intermediate-level expertise using NVivo, and Endnote software
  • Proficiency with qualitative analysis techniques and software
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access)


  • Outstanding verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once, and effectively prioritize each
  • Proven ability to deal with people in a tactful and effective manner
  • Ability to exhibit sound judgment in decision making
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Must be highly motivated with an ability to work well autonomously and to collaborate and participate effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team

Application Process
All applications must include: a letter of interest (including a summary of research interests), full curriculum vitae, and two publications or working papers. Please submit to Dr. Lynn McDonald, Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, by 5:00 p.m. on November 25th 2016.

Applicants should also provide the names and contact information of three referees, one of whom must be the graduate's research supervisor.

Candidates must have eligibility to work in Canada.

We thank all applicants. Only individuals who are short-listed will be contacted for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in-person or via Skype.