Wellesley Institute aims to improve health and health equity in Toronto. We are an independent, applied research and policy institute focused on urban population health. Formed with an endowment after the closure of the Wellesley Hospital, we uphold the tradition of improving health for marginalized populations by developing innovative policy solutions.

Wellesley is recognized as a credible and influential source of evidence-based policy alternatives and has had success in building equity into health reform. In addition to contributing to better knowledge and understanding of the dynamic and complex nature of the social determinants of health we have acted as a catalyst in building and sustaining multi-sector collaborations.

We are building our research and policy teams and we are looking to recruit four researchers who want to make a difference to the health of Toronto and the GTA. There will be three full time permanent positions and one full time for a one year term

Job Summary (3 full time positions)

Our research is applied and aims to investigate promising policy ideas and to test their implementation. We use the full spectrum of methodologies, including literature reviews, policy analysis and primary quantitative and qualitative studies and work in partnership with stakeholders such as community, think tanks, government and universities.

Key Qualifications

For the three full time positions we are interested in a range of applicants with different levels of experience, from early career researchers with some track record who are looking for a substantive position to launch a career, to mid career or more experienced researchers who are excited by the vision of Wellesley Institute and want to work with our team.

Successful applicants will:

  • Have a relevant degree at least master’s level or equivalent
  • Be able to demonstrate their research interest and productivity in the area of the social determinants of health
  • Be able to demonstrate their capacity to undertake applied research.

We value the ability to work with communities and to work in a team.

Specific expertise in Wellesley Institute’s current areas of focus will be an advantage but the overall capacity of the applicant to help us meet our long-term goals and vision will be paramount. 

Job Summary (1 full time, one year contract)

The fourth position will be a one-year post to carry on our housing work while our housing specialist is on secondment. The successful applicant will undertake work on housing supports and supportive housing to complement our ongoing work. We envisage an applicant with at least a master’s degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent) and some track record in housing research.

Key Qualifications

  • At least a master’s degree in related field
  • Demonstrated understanding of key housing issues in the GTA
  • Ability to meet deadlines, excellent writing and presentation skills

We value the ability to work with communities and to work in a team.

General Information

Wellesley is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from Toronto’s diverse population.

Our offices are located on the Yonge line at Summerhill station and are fully accessible (although Summerhill station, unfortunately, is not).

We have a generous benefits package and salaries in line with university pay-scales.

If you are a researcher who wants to make a difference to health and health equity in the GTA, apply to join our team. 

How To Apply

Send your resumes and cover letter in a PDF to, with Wellesley Institute Researcher in the subject line. Please indicate whether you are applying for one of the three full time permanent positions or the one-year housing researcher position.

If you have any questions please send these by email making it clear this is a question about the posts. No phone calls please.

The final deadline for all applications will be January 15th, 2015.

We thank everyone for taking the time to apply, however we will only be contacting those we wish to interview. 

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Toronto, Ontario


Health policy research

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Date Posted

Thursday December 04, 2014