Casual Opportunity

JCB Scholars Program in AI Ethics and Health 2020

Hours of work: Variable, part-time up to 10 hours per week
Hourly rate: $22-26/hour depending on qualifications
Length of Contract: 7 months
Location of work: Remote, or in-person when University policy permits


Summary of Duties


The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB), in partnership with AMS Healthcare, is seeking applications for the second annual JCB Scholars Program in AI Ethics and Health. The purpose of the program is to invest in the capacity of trainees to complete high quality projects on the topic of AI and the Future of Caring, both to enhance their career development and to generate novel insights into AI ethics and health broadly speaking. The program involves a training component wherein successful applicants have the opportunity to engage with a variety of program activities, such as meetings with key stakeholders in the health-related AI community in Toronto.


In this second call for applications, we will hire successful applicants to work on an existing project in the JCB's Ethics and AI for Health portfolio. Projects will cover themes related to ethical and social issues in the use of AI technologies in healthcare and public health, and will be mentored by an expert member of the JCB faculty. Duties may include:

  • Supporting the preparation and maintenance of research ethics board applications and review
  • Conducting qualitative interviews
  • Writing and administering surveys
  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Assisting with qualitative data analysis
  • Assisting with the writing of reports or other publications
  • Presenting work at meetings




  • Eligibility: Applicants must be current university students in good academic standing or postgraduate trainees working in a research or health setting in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. If possible, in-person meetings may be held in Toronto.
  • Applicants will be evaluated by their cover letter, CV, transcripts, and references. Select candidates will be invited to participate in an interview.


Submission of Application


The application package should include the following:


  1. Cover Letter – Please outline your reasons for applying to the JCB Scholars Program, including: a brief description of your academic background and interests in AI ethics and health, any current or previous work relevant to this research area, and your academic and/or professional goals.
  2. Academic Curriculum Vitae
  3. Academic Transcripts
  4. Academic References (2) – Please provide contact information for 2 academic referees who have agreed to provide a reference in relation to this call for applications. For research trainees, one of the referees should be your supervisor.


All application materials should be sent to by August 15th, 2020. Applications will be evaluated based the applicant’s academic record, description of interests, and recommendations of references. Eligible candidates may be invited for an interview to discuss their application in greater detail. Successful applicants will be notified in September.


If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jay Shaw at


The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.