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2020 Ward Summer Student - Elaine Biddiss 

CategoryResearch  Req NumberRES-19-00040 DepartmentBloorview Research Institute 
Work typeTemporary Full-Time 
FTE 1.00 
Posting Close Date01/31/2020 

Bloorview Research Institute

2019 Ward Summer Student Research Program

Title: Ward Summer Research Student

Status: Temporary Full Time (1.00 FTE)

Compensation: $14/hr

Start Date: May 4, 2020

End Date: July 24, 2020

Lab: Possibility Engineering and Research Lab (PEARL)

Supervisor: Elaine Biddiss

Program: Bloorview Research Institute


The Ward Summer Student Research program provides an opportunity to experience a unique interdisciplinary mentorship experience. Successful incumbents will have opportunities to work with their mentor on a research project, attend our Lunch ‘n’ Learns and participate in the annual Ward Summer Student Research Day where they will have an opportunity to present their findings to the organization and its visitors.

We are looking for an enthusiastic summer student to work on our interactive gaming projects for physical and occupational therapies. In this role, you will learn how we use video games and other engaging technologies to motivate kids to practice their therapy goals and provide access to the arts. Working with clinicians, engineers and researchers you will be assisting in analyzing biomechanical data and researching interactive video games that incorporate the goals of our clients’ therapies.

Compensation Details

The program runs for 12 weeks from May 4, 2020 - July 24, 2020. Students will be paid $14.00 per hour based on a 37.5 hour week (full-time), less statutory deductions, including 4% in lieu of vacation and relevant statutory holiday pay. Students will be paid biweekly through payroll.

Key Responsibilities

  • Data gathering, entry, analysis and report writing related to the study of engagement and movement in interactive computer play based therapy sessions
  • Development of data analytics and tracking algorithms related to movement quality during interactive computer play based therapy sessions
  • General administrative and clerical functions to support projects
  • Interaction with clients, families and staff of the program, and other program’s staff throughout the organizations
  • Additional duties assigned as required


  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.
  • Previous experience with MATLAB and biomechanical data analysis would be an asset
  • Able to communicate effectively with staff and clients
  • Demonstrated understanding of a Family-Centered Care service delivery model
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Has working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint & Excel
  • Previous experience working on observational and/or kinematic research studies would be an asset


Please submit the following in one (1) pdf file in the order indicated below:

  • A copy of your most recent curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A copy of your most recent unofficial university transcript
  • One letter of reference from a professor or previous employer

Any applications missing this information will not be accepted.

 About the OrganizationJoin a world of possibility! Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital creates a world of possibility by supporting children and youth living with disability, medical complexity, illness and injury. Holland Bloorview is a top 40 Canadian research hospital that is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and serves over 7,500 families annually. Providing both inpatient and outpatient services, Holland Bloorview is renowned for its expertise in partnering with clients and families to provide exceptional care and is the only organization to ever achieve 100 per cent in two successive quality surveys by Accreditation Canada.

Holland Bloorview has won numerous awards including Greater Toronto’s Top Employers, Canada’s Top Employers for Young People and Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures. We offer an inspiring, innovative, and collaborative work environment with competitive compensation and benefit packages and programs that support ongoing learning and professional growth.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto and is committed to fostering a climate of equity and diversity and welcomes and respects the diversity of our clients, families, staff, trainees, volunteers, trustees and partners. As part of our commitment to fair and equitable recruitment and selection practices, we encourage applications from racialized persons, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas within our community.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their application by pressing the "Apply" button near the top of this page. Should you require accommodation during any stage in the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at humanresources@hollandbloorview.ca or 416-425-6220. 

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