Graduate Student - Peter Gilgan Centre for Women's Cancers

Applications for a temporary Graduate Student - Improving the Experiences of Black Women Along the Breast Cancer Care Journey at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers are now being accepted. 

The vision of the Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers is to ensure that every Canadian woman has the chance to gain the highest standard of care along the cancer journey from prevention to survivorship. The Centre draws together excellence in research, clinical care, innovation and education. The Centre is based at Women's College Hospital (WCH) – Canada’s leading academic, ambulatory hospital and a world leader in women’s health. WCH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. 

Position Overview

There is a dearth of information in the Canadian context for Black women who are at risk of, or have been diagnosed with, breast cancer.  This temporary position will give a graduate student the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team to lead the development of a website (and/or other outputs) designed for Black Canadian women along the breast cancer care journey, from prevention to survivorship. This role will be an opportunity for the student to apply their skills in health promotion, literature review and synthesis, and patient and community engagement, while supporting the development of this new initiative. 

The role is supervised by Dr. Aisha Lofters, Chair in Implementation Science at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society. 

Anticipated duties for this role include: 

  • Lead the day to day tasks to move the project forward
  • Conduct literature reviews and knowledge syntheses
  • Liaise with multidisciplinary team members
  • Liaise with patient and community partners for feedback
  • Lead development of project deliverables
  • Assist with communications and knowledge dissemination
  • 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.
  • Strong understanding of anti-Black racism and the social determinants of health
  • Solid understanding of knowledge translation
  • Solid understanding of the stages of the cancer journey 
  • Experience developing educational material considered an asset 
  • Experience with patient and community 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
  • 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. Aisha Lofters, 

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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