Humber River Hospital

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Digital Health Research

Posting Date 3 weeks ago(8/27/2021 11:38 AM)
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Postdoctoral fellowship in Digital Health Research

Location:            Humber River Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Supervisor:        Dr. Pete Wegier, Research Chair in Optimizing Care Through Technology

Salary:            $70,000 cad/year + benefits

Duration:         2 years (possibility of extension if additional funding is secured)

Start date:       Start date to be negotiated


Dr. Pete Wegier, Research Chair in Optimizing Care Through Technology at Humber River Hospital, is looking for a talented postdoctoral research fellow in an area of digital health research.

Humber River Hospital is North America’s first fully digital hospital, housing cutting-edge technology for the delivery of excellent patient care. These innovations include Canada’s first hospital-based command centre, which combines real-time data from across the hospital with ML algorithms to improve patient flow; a closed-loop robotic pharmacy to minimize medication errors; and a real-time surgical patient tracking system which can update loved ones as a patient progress through all stages of surgery. Learn more about the technology and innovation at Humber River Hospital at

Research & Training Goals

The postdoctoral fellow will develop and lead a line of research in digital health, based around some of the novel technologies and approaches at Humber River Hospital. The topic of the fellow’s research is flexible but should be based in one of these three streams in which Dr. Wegier’s lab is currently interested in:

  1. AI in healthcare. Past research in this area includes HOMR, a non-AI mortality prediction model for the timely identification of patients with unmet palliative needs, being implemented by Dr Wegier’s team at over 20 hospitals in Ontario. Our goal with this stream would be the development of awesome and sophisticated models based on the wealth of data collected at Humber River Hospital, such as models predicting healthcare outcomes or in-hospital events (e.g., patient falls) to improve the delivery of healthcare.
  2. Design for healthcare & data visualization. Past research has included the design of a medication timeline for the visualization of polypharmacy and the development of a data display for home blood pressure measurements to improve shared decision making around hypertension. Our goal with this stream would be the development and testing of novel design work in healthcare or new ways to visualize healthcare data—with the aim of improving medical decision making for patients and physicians.
  3. Decision aids & risk communication. Past research has included the ARISE paradigm for communicating conditional probabilities to patients. We are currently tools for CPR decisions, goals of care conversations, and education about hip fracture prognosis and recovery. Our goal with this stream would be the development of cool approaches to communicating healthcare information to patients to improve their understanding of their health conditions and future medical chocies.


Applicants must have a PhD (at the time the fellowship begins) in a relevant area, such as health services research, medical informatics, decision sciences, psychology, public health, epidemiology, or a related discipline. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an excellent track record of research experience and publications in one of the three streams above.


  • Develop new lines of research in collaboration with the supervising Research Chair which align with the goals of the Research Chair’s pillar and with the Research Strategy of Humber River Hospital
  • Engage with appropriate hospital stakeholders related to research studies
  • Contribute to the drafting of research grant applications
  • Independently prepare research study designs and ethics protocols
  • Collect, clean, and analyze study data; interpret study findings
  • Knowledge translation of research findings and sharing of results with appropriate stakeholder communities, including clinical staff, senior management, patients/families, broader clinical and research communities
  • Lead the drafting of manuscripts, prepare them for submission to journals, and respond to reviewer comments
  • Routine administrative work related to carrying out a research study
  • Publishing articles in peer-review journals
  • Participate in peer-review committees (journals, granting agencies)
  • Attend and present research findings at academic conferences
  • Contribute to the growth and development of Humber’s research program by delivering workshops, presentations, rounds, and other learning opportunities
  • Participate in the training, supervision and mentorship of junior staff, practicum students, interns and/or volunteers, building capacity within the organization

How to Apply

Please submit a single PDF file with the following components:

  1. Cover letter describing your research experience, most significant accomplishments, and potential start date
  2. Academic CV with publication list
  3. Research statement describing potential research topics/projects you are interested in pursuing during the fellowship (1-2 pages)
  4. Contact information of two individuals willing to provide letters of recommendation upon request

Submit this file where the recruiting system instructions you to upload your resume.

Applications will be reviewed as they come in and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants are encouraged to email Dr. Pete Wegier ( to discuss the position or with any questions.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants must have valid documentation to work in Canada before starting.


Why Humber? Why Now?


Humber River Hospital is on an exciting transformation journey of redefining patient care, as we leverage the most advanced technologies to enhance all aspects of delivering high-quality, safe care. We continue to build a people-centered workplace with excellent staff and physician engagement by hiring passionate, diverse and inclusive healthcare professionals. People who care and encompass our values of CompassionProfessionalism and Respect. People who are committed to making a positive difference.

We are a Studer Group hospital, focused on building our evidence-based leadership practice and hardwiring a culture that WOWs.

Humber River Hospital is a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN), which is a dynamic network of academic health organizations providing leading edge research, teaching and clinical care.

We have collaborated with TAHSN member institutions in addressing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our membership in TAHSN supports our strategic pillar of advancing Humber River Hospital as a community academic hospital.

Humber River Hospital was the recipient of the 2021 Excellence in Patient Safety Award by the Canadian College of Health Leaders. This award recognizes teams that are committed to improving patient safety within a healthcare environment, through leadership, innovation, culture, and best practises.

Why? Because at Humber River Hospital, we know it is our people and our ability to innovate that allows us to consistently deliver a great patient experience and the best quality outcomes. After all, we are the hospital that believes exceptional care...healthier community.


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