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Student Opportunity FW22-23 – Planetary Health Research Assistant

Student Opportunity FW22-23 – Planetary Health Research Assistant


Published on July 29, 2022

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Job ID: 46080

Application Deadline: Thursday, August 18, 2022 @11:59 p.m. EDT

Eligibility criteria.

Applications are only accepted through the Career Centre. Go to the Career Centre portal and search for the posting with the Job ID listed above.

Hourly wage: $17 per hour

Hours per week: 6 hours per week

Start date: September 12, 2022

End date: April 27, 2023

Job description

Under the supervision of Prof. Martin Bunch, the planetary health research assistant (RAY program, 6 hours per week) will:

  • Create and maintain a digital research repository of planetary health research (with a focus on ecohealth and Costa Rica initiatives)
  • Investigate relevant funding opportunities
  • Prepare meeting agendas with supporting documents, including taking minutes, recording actionable items, and ensuring appropriate follow-up
  • Attend and actively participate in a weekly transdisciplinary seminar series including writing up content and other knowledge dissemination activities
  • Provide event support
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for research projects and possible travel arrangements
  • Complete other duties as assigned
Specific research activities the student(s) will be engaged in:
  • Create an annotated bibliography
  • Write reports and summaries
  • Research funding opportunities
  • Identify researchers across York University with interests in planetary health
  • Prepare agendas and minutes and coordinate event logistics
  • Edit and format drafts
  • Correspond with project partners 
Type of research experience the student(s) will receive:
  • Critical thinking, project design and design thinking, problem solving, research creativity
  • Professional communication, including international and cross-cultural professional interaction and communication
  • Literature review skills
  • Skills with reading and preparing reports and grey literature
  • Knowledge of funding landscape and grant preparation process
Type of training and support that will be provided to the student(s) in carrying out these research activities:
  • Critical thinking
  • Conducting literature review; creating annotated bibliography
  • Preparing presentations and written outputs; editing and formatting drafts
  • Professional communication, including international and cross-cultural professional interaction and communication


  • Current undergraduate York student. Applicants from diverse programs of study are encouraged. The Dahdaleh Institute welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities (racialized), Indigenous Peoples and persons of any gender identity and sexual orientation. York University is committed to a positive, supportive, and inclusive environment.
  • Interest in global health and planetary health
  • Skills and experience with conducting literature reviews
  • Skills and experience organizing and promoting events
  • Experience skills using library resources, including search engines
  • Note-taking and file management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including international and cross-cultural communication
  • Excellent computer skills (word processing, email, database, spreadsheets, forms, and slides; facility with Office 365 Apps). WordPress editing skills are an asset. Social media communication skills are an asset.
  • Excellent analytic skills for understanding, sorting, and categorizing complex information. Skills and resourcefulness in drawing mind-maps and tabulating information is an asset.
  • Eagerness to learn, support, and take initiative
  • Organizational and time-management skills
  • Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team with researchers, students, and staff
  • Spanish is an asset

Application materials

  • Cover letter
  • Resume


Planetary Health



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