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Job Opportunity - Research Assistant, Synergies of Planetary Health Research Initiative

Job Opportunity - Research Assistant, Synergies of Planetary Health Research Initiative


Published on December 2, 2021

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The Synergies of Planetary Health Research Initiative is recruiting a research assistant to conduct a research project on one of the themes of the Initiative and to support ongoing research projects. The position requires a commitment to demonstrating and developing skills in research leadership, professional writing, project management, and knowledge translation and communication.


Under Prof. Idil Boran’s supervision, the Synergies of Planetary Health Research Initiative and Lab Research Assistant will:

  • Support the transdisciplinary research of the Synergies of Planetary Health Research Initiative
  • Conduct a research project in one of the themes of the Synergies of Planetary Health Research Initiative as part of their PhD studies
  • Coordinate the Synergies Lab, composed of roughly 6-8 members, including undergraduate students
  • Provide support and training to undergraduate members of the Lab and RAY students
  • Support partnership development, correspondence with partners, and outreach
  • Support the development and submission of grant applications
  • Assist with filing, recordkeeping, and reporting
  • Support event and workshop organization and communication outputs
  • Support the international data collection and analysis team

Research Acitivites

  • Create annotated bibliography
  • Attend meetings and provide support
  • Write reports and policy briefs
  • Participate in coding with the international data collection and analysis team
  • Tabulate data
  • Edit and format drafts
  • Correspond with partners and workshop invitees

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree and currently enrolled in a PhD program in a related field
  • Training in subject matter (global governance, intergovernmental organizations, local and regional governance, non-profit organizations)
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental governance, global goals, global health, and governance
  • Demonstrated interest in international organizations and multilateral conventions and processes – IGOs in UN system, INGOs, NGOs, and sustainability networks
  • Critical thinking, design thinking, problem solving, research creativity
  • Research project design and implementation, including demonstrated knowledge of research methods (quantitative and/or qualitative and/or integrative)
  • Excellent communication skills: professional written and interactive correspondence, public speaking, and presentation
  • Demonstrated skills and experience conducting literature reviews, data collection, and analysis
  • Excellent analytic skills for understanding, sorting, and categorizing complex information. Skills and resourcefulness in drawing mind maps and tabulating information is an asset.
  • Reading and preparation of reports and grey literature
  • Demonstrated skills using York University Library resources, including search engines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including international and cross-cultural communication
  • Demonstrated note-taking, journal-keeping, and filing skills
  • 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.
  • Eagerness to learn, support, and take on initiative
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
  • Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team with researchers, students, and staff

How to Apply

Please apply with your cover letter and CV using this form by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 19, 2021. 


Planetary Health



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