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2020 Ward Summer Student - Tom Chau 

CategoryResearch  Req NumberRES-19-00046 DepartmentBloorview Research Institute 
Work typeTemporary Full-Time 
FTE 1.00 
Posting Close Date01/31/2020 

Bloorview Research Institute

2020 Ward Summer Research Student Program

Title: Ward Summer Research Student

Status: Temporary Full Time (1.00 FTE)

Compensation: $14/hr

Start Date: May 4, 2020

End Date: August 21, 2020

Lab: PRISM Lab

Supervisor: Dr. Tom Chau

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.

The student will be a member of the PRISM lab - a multidisciplinary team of individuals focused on the development of innovating technologies, with special focus on human-and brain-machine interfaces, for children and youth with disabilities and special needs.

The student will have the opportunity to work on a project aims to develop and evaluate technology solutions to improve the quality of life of individuals with severe disabilities.

This role will involve collaboration with a multidisciplinary team composed of engineers, clinicians, and stakeholders. In this context, the student will specifically assist with technology prototyping, recruitment, data collection, data entry, and data analysis of brain signals (e.g., EEG, fNIRS). The student will learn how to interact with children and youth in a research context, gain knowledge on real-time data acquisition, and apply signal processing and machine learning techniques.

Compensation Details

The program for the PRISM lab runs for 16 weeks from May 4, 2020 - August 21, 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 bi-weekly through payroll.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participant recruitment and data collection
  • Data entry, analysis and report writing
  • Design, develop, and evaluate technology solutions
  • Use signal processing and machine learning techniques to analyze data (e.g., EEG, fNIRS and TMS data analysis)
  • Interaction with clients, families and staff of the program, and other program’s staff throughout the organizations
  • Assistance with poster presentations and potential publications
  • Additional duties assigned as required


  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate engineering degree program
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 85% or over
  • Able to utilize skills learned in academic studies in this position
  • Has working knowledge of at least one programming language (e.g. MATLAB and/or Python)
  • Having signal processing and/or machine learning experience is an asset
  • Able to communicate effectively with staff and clients
  • Having experience working with children and adolescents is an asset
  • Demonstrated understanding of a Family-Centered Care service delivery model
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrates ability to work as part of a team and be a team player
  • Shows accuracy and attention to detail
  • Able to organize work to ensure deadlines are met and follow-up is complete
  • Has working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint & Excel
  • Applies data management skills and principles


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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