Graduate Student - Office of Spread and Scale

Applications for a temporary Graduate Student in Implementation Science, Spread and Scale are now being accepted. 

This position is hosted by the Office of Spread and Scale (OSS), which was recently established at WCH. One of the largest barriers in the uptake of effective interventions is a lack of support for teams with effective interventions who want to connect to health system stakeholders in order to impact policy. The Office of Spread and Scale (OSS) aims to address these gaps by 1) supporting teams with effective interventions to expand to new settings and populations; and 2) partnering with policy-makers to identify enablers that would support the adoption of innovative interventions.

Position Overview

This temporary position will give a graduate student the opportunity to work with an innovative team that is leading cutting-edge work focusing on supporting the spread and scale of new models of care. This role will be an opportunity for the student to apply their skills in implementation science, health services research, and literature reviews, while supporting the development of this new initiative. The skills/training required for spread and scale work are unique, and the student to be trained by implementation scientists and health services researchers who are well versed in this emerging space. 

The role is supervised by Dr Celia Laur, a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in implementation science and health services research, with particular interest in sustainability, spread and scale. 

As the OSS is new, the duties required in this position are flexible and likely to change as the OSS evolves. However, potential duties may include: 

  • Assist with the day to day tasks for the OSS, including preparing agendas and meeting minutes
  • Conduct evidence and literature reviews
  • Assist in the development of policies and procedures for this new Office
  • Lead and/or support development of educational materials 
  • Assist with preparing materials for project deliverables and presentations (i.e. draft a policy brief, cost expansion models)
  • Assist in writing lay and academic publications. 



  • Currently completing a graduate degree (Masters or PhD), ideally in a health-related field. Applicants from any field who can demonstrate relevance of their experience to this position will be considered.
  • Some research experience, particularly in conducting literature reviews
  • Basic understanding of knowledge translation, implementation science, spread and scale 
  • Basic quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis experience 
  • Experience developing educational material considered an asset 
  • Experience with patient engagement an asset
  • Demonstrated comfort in working in a new and developing program, which may require flexibility and accommodating changing priorities
  • Demonstrated strong independent working and multitasking skills
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills with attention to detail
  • Strong skills in MS Officer (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) required
  • Professional behavior and communication that meets the standards of the professional regulatory college or association, as applicable, and the standards of Women’s College Hospital

Application Closing Date: November 27, 2020 Anticipated Start Date: January 4, 2021

Duration: Flexible. Ideally 16-weeks full-time, however part-time arrangements can be made. 

To qualify for this position, you must be a current graduate student living in Canada. The position is virtual, so no relocation is required. This position can be full or part-time. The start date is flexible, however a January start is preferred. This is a paid position. 

Interested applicants should submit:

  • Their CV; and
  • A brief letter summarizing their interest in this position, career plans, and future research goals.

For further information about this position, or to submit your application, contact: Dr Celia Laur, 

Closing Statement

Women's College Hospital is a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto and is committed to fairness and equity in employment and our recruitment and selection practices. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, members of racialized groups, women and any others who may contribute to the further diversification of our Hospital community. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under our Access for People with Disabilities policy. Applicants need to make their requirements known in advance.


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