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  • Job Posting: Balance & Mobility Research Coordinator

    Location: Centre for Studies in Aging, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (University of Toronto), Toronto, Canada
    Date: October 29, 2008


    We are seeking an enthusiastic, self-motivated and talented individual, with a strong practical background in balance and mobility research, to work as a Research Coordinator in a balance, gait and motor-control research and development center.

    The successful candidate will be a key member of a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research team headquartered at the Sunnybrook Centre for Studies in Aging. The research team is currently led by 12 scientists, with expertise in biomechanics, bioengineering, rehabilitation engineering, neuroscience, experimental psychology, rehabilitation science, physical therapy, geriatrics, psychiatry and epidemiology. The research program is supported by a major team grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, as well as operating grants and other funds held by the individual scientists.

    The Centre for Studies in Aging (CSiA) has been a world leader in the study of age-related balance/mobility impairments and the development of assistive technologies for over 30 years. CSiA is located at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, which is a major research and teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine is the largest research entity in Canada and the fourth largest in North America. CSiA also has very close ties to the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, which is the largest rehabilitation center in Canada. Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and offers a wealth of cultural and recreational opportunities.

    The CSiA research program is aimed primarily at understanding effects of aging on the control of balance and movement, and developing new approaches to prevent falls and promote safe mobility in older adults. Within these areas, there is a wide range of projects, encompassing fundamental studies of biomechanics and motor control, applied research and development of assistive technologies, and clinical falls-prevention programs. A major strength of the program is the combination of basic science, clinical research and product design and development. Research facilities include two unique large-scale motion-platform systems for evoking balance reactions, and associated instrumentation (motion-analysis systems, force plates, EMG, eye trackers, etc). Development facilities include design workstations, electronics and machine shops, and laboratories for testing of prototypes.

    For more information about our research, please see our web site:


    The Research Coordinator will be responsible for managing: 1) the networking and research activities of the research team; 2) the dissemination of the research outcomes to lay, scientific and clinical audiences; and 3) the implementation and assessment of the new research findings and technologies within a new network of balance and mobility clinics.

    Other specific responsibilities may include: 1) coordinating the recruitment and screening of study participants; 2) training, supervising and assisting staff and students in using laboratory equipment; 3) assisting with running experiments and performing the associated data collection, processing and analysis; 4) performing literature searches and maintaining a literature database.


    BSc, MSc or PhD in biomechanics, bioengineering, kinesiology, ergonomics, rehabilitation science or a related field. Applicants will require strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills, and must have training and experience in performing balance and mobility research. Specific experience in using instrumentation, such as force plates, EMG, eye trackers and motion-analysis systems, would be an asset.

    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

    Starting salary will range from $50,000 to $60,000 per year (Canadian funds) depending on education and experience. A full benefits package is provided. The position is available immediately, although the starting date is negotiable to some extent. We will accept applications until the position is filled.


    To apply, please email a covering letter, your resume or curriculum vitae, a detailed one-page summary of your experience in performing balance and mobility research, and a scan of your university transcripts (an unofficial copy will suffice, at this stage) to:
    Rachel Keshwah, Research Administrative Assistant;
    Centre for Studies in Aging, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre;
    2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario CANADA M4N 3M5
    Please be sure to indicate the position for which you are applying (Balance and Mobility Research Coordinator), your citizenship and when you would be available to start. Only complete applications will be considered. After an initial screening, selected applicants will be asked to forward official university transcripts and three academic/professional letters of reference.

    Sandra M McKay, PhD
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Centre for Studies in Aging, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
    and Health Care Technology and Place, University of Toronto
    T. 416.480.5858
    F. 416.480.5856
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