Implementation Scientist, SickKids Research Institute


Implementation Scientist, SickKids Research Institute


Job ID: 18234

Date Posted: 2023-02-21

Deadline to Apply: 2023-04-14

Target Openings: 1


Dedicated exclusively to children and their families, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is one of the largest and most respected paediatric healthcare centres in the world.  As innovators in child health, we lead and partner to improve the health of children through the integration of healthcare, leading-edge research and education. When you join SickKids, you become part of our community. We share a commitment and determination to fulfill our vision of Healthier Children. A Better World.


Position Description:

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research Institute seeks an outstanding scientist in the field of implementation science. SickKids is a world-renowned paediatric hospital with seven fully integrated research programs ( The successful candidate’s research program will be located at the SickKids Research Institute in the state-of-the-art Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning (686 Bay Street, Toronto, Canada), located in the Discovery District of downtown Toronto. This permanent faculty position offers a unique environment for medical science discoveries in close proximity to nine other academic hospitals/research centres and Canada’s largest university. The position offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and live in one of the most vibrant, safe, and diverse cities in the world.


The successful candidate will initiate and maintain an original, competitive, and independently funded research program of international calibre. Your research program will focus on developing and/or applying methods and strategies that facilitate uptake of evidence-based child health practice into regular use by practitioners/clinicians, health care organizations, and policymakers. You will have the opportunity to create, test and apply the knowledge you generated at one of the largest paediatric research hospitals in the world. You will integrate your research program with collaborative and diverse clinical and/or health policy groups within SickKids, aligning with our Precision Child Health initiative. In addition, you will have opportunities to collaborate with researchers throughout the University of Toronto community, including affiliated teaching hospitals and the new Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children.


Appointed as a Scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program at the SickKids Research Institute, the successful candidate is expected to qualify for an academic cross-appointment at the appropriate level in an academic department at the University of Toronto and will be expected to contribute to the academic department through teaching, committees, and graduate supervision. The potential for collegial interaction will be important in attaining the position. This position will benefit from the extensive research and core facilities at SickKids, the University of Toronto and its affiliated institutions for clinical epidemiology, public health, health services research and health policy.



Required Qualifications:  

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a health-related field (e.g., Community Health, Sociology, Psychology, Nursing, Social Work, Health Administration, Epidemiology, Health Services Research, etc.), as well as significant postdoctoral research experience (i.e., at least three years). Applicants must have strong mixed method expertise and a proven record of outstanding scientific and applied dissemination accomplishments in implementation science (publications in peer-reviewed journals, extramural funding in implementation projects, presentations at significant conferences, increasing leadership experience in research, etc.). A track record of building and maintaining partnerships with multiple stakeholders to achieve common goals and/or field experience independently leading and facilitating the implementation of evidence-based innovations are an asset.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A competitive benefits package is being offered along with support for relocation expenses. Exceptional, appropriately qualified candidates may be nominated for a Canada Research Chair. For further information see:


SickKids recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions due to personal circumstances can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to explain any personal circumstances in order to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Search committee members have been instructed to give careful consideration, and be sensitive to, the impact of career interruptions in their reviews.


Our Commitment to Diversity:

SickKids and the University of Toronto are strongly committed to diversity within its communities and especially welcome applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Informed by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the Ontario Human Rights Code, and our Access and Accommodation Policy, SickKids is proud to make available accommodations to support applicants during the interview and assessment process if requested. Please advise the SickKids Research Institute Faculty Office at of your accessibility needs during the recruitment process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.


Application Process:

To apply, interested applicants should email their application {curriculum vitae, description of past research (maximum 1 page), proposed research program (maximum three pages), equity, diversity & inclusion (EDI) statement (1 page), and copies of three representative publications} preferably in PDF format to the Chair, Implementation Scientist Search Committee at by the close of the search on April 14, 2023. The EDI statement should outline your values related to diversity, experiences working with diverse populations, and future plans related to inclusivity. Applicants should also arrange to have three signed letters of reference sent directly by the referee to the Search Committee Chair at, indicating the applicant’s name in the subject line, also by the close of the search. The search committee will interview applicants from June to September 2023, with a potential start date in early 2024.

SickKids believes that diversity positively impacts science and is essential to sustain our vibrant  world-leading research community. As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete a brief voluntary diversity survey.  Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by either the search committee or human resources staff.  Results will be an aggregated for institutional planning purposes.


All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The self-identification information is collected, used, disclosed, retained and disposed of in accordance with the Privacy Act and the Access to Information Act. Only those applicants selected for the interview will be contacted. Wherein a practicing MD, the successful candidate must hold or be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.



As a health care institution, our highest priority is the safety of patients, families, and staff. As a result, we are adopting all prevention measures to ensure the safety of our patients, families, and our staff. Therefore, any offer of employment is conditional upon you submitting proof that you have been fully vaccinated with a Health Canada or World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible and no later than fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the effective start date, in addition to satisfying any other condition(s) that may be set out in an offer. If a candidate fails to satisfy this condition (or any other condition(s) set out in an offer), any offer of employment shall be immediately rescinded.


Applicants may direct any informal enquires to:

Chair, Implementation Scientist Search Committee

SickKids Research Institute -­ The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning

686 Bay Street, Room 11.9706

Toronto, Ontario

Canada   M5G 0A4


To apply, please visit The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) website: