Apply

We’re always on the lookout for talented people (staff/students) who believe in the same things we do.

We’re looking for people with a:

  • passion for designing, prototyping, evaluating and commercializing tools to keep people healthier longer with a focus on the challenges of living with a disability.
  • clinical background (nurse, OT, PT, MD), technical background (technologist, engineer, machinist, industrial designer) or scientific background (researcher, postdoc, scientist).

Are you:

  • committed to helping people?
  • ok talking about poop? Many of our projects focus on patient care activities such as bathing and toileting.
  • open to sharing our work with the world? You will need to get comfortable explaining why our work matters to the public.
  • willing to fight the status quo?  Our society is afraid of change. You will have to push past this resistance by using evidence to make changes to healthcare systems, institutional policy and building codes so that our work can have real impact on people’s lives by make the world a healthier, safer place.
  • a person who’s highest priority is doing meaningful creative work?
  • someone who does not let fear of failure slow you down? We take on tough problems without easy answers. You may have to test many failed concepts before arriving at the solution.
  • willing to take risks, to think of creative ways of getting around barriers?
  • committed to learning skills outside your core competency and comfort zone? For instance, team members with a technical background learn from clinicians and vice-versa.
  • willing to keep up-to-date on the status of all of our team’s projects and priorities and to lend a hand when needed?
  • willing to create a supportive environment for other team members to learn and grow?
  • willing to keep our labs and workshops clean and free of clutter?

Students

We invite students looking for projects at the undergraduate or graduate level to apply. In addition to the criteria listed above, students applying for a position in our lab should know that our students have a very different experience than is typical. In addition to traditional activities such as:

  • collecting data to evaluate a new therapy or tool
  • publishing in academic journals
  • presenting at conferences

Students may have the added responsibilities of:

  • managing a relationship with a commercial partner
  • pushing through changes to building codes or institutional policy
  • writing grants to help fund the work in our lab
  • develop novel methods, instrumentation
  • lend a hand on high priority projects

Some find their degrees take longer to complete as a result of additional roles. Be sure to weigh the benefit of these experiences with the cost of a possible delay for your particular situation.

How to Apply

If you answered yes to the questions above, we invite you to apply by sending us a short video of yourself along with your transcript (unofficial is fine) resumé or CV.

For the application video:

  • cell phone/webcam/camcorder quality video is fine
  • keep it under 2 minutes in length
  • introduce yourself and your background very briefly
  • if you’re a student, please include your year and discipline and scholarships you have applied for to fund your work with us

The content and format of the rest of the video are up to you. Here are some ideas:

  • Show us a prototype you’ve built.
  • Show us pictures or video of a project you worked on.
  • Tell us why you are enthusiastic about working with us.
  • You don’t need to be on screen for the entire time. You can introduce yourself and flip to a set of power point slides with subtitles or voice over.

Please upload your materials here (password is ‘TechTeam’). Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Thanks!

Tilak

Tilak Dutta PhD
Scientist and Home and Community Team Leader
Toronto Rehab Institute
tilak.dutta@uhn.ca