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Student Opportunity: Health Emergency and Disaster Research Assistant

Student Opportunity: Health Emergency and Disaster Research Assistant

Student Opportunity: Health Emergency and Disaster Research Assistant

Job ID: 18840

Application Deadline: Sunday August 9 @11:59pm

Eligibility Criteria:

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$16 per hour

5-10 hours per week

Start Date: September 7 2020

End Date: April 23 2021

Job Description

Under the supervision of Dr. James Orbinski, the Health Emergency and Disaster Research Assistant RAY student will:

  • support the Health Emergency and Disaster working group (HED-WG) by identifying networks of academics and practitioners at the frontline of disaster risk management for training and research
  • conduct literature searches and prepare annotated bibliographies as requested, and maintain all files and documents
  • develop platforms to enable data-driven strategies for disaster and health emergency management including operationally practical simulation and training capacity around defined scenarios (i.e. pandemics) 
  • reach out within the York University community, the GTA, Canada and internationally as directed by the HED-WG
  • prepare draft documents, budgets, power point presentations and excel spreadsheets as requested by the HED-WG
  • attend the HED-WG weekly meetings at the DIGHR to explore and define a vision, goals and operational plan for a national and international Center of Excellence in Health Emergency and Disaster Management Training and Research capacity at York University 
  • prepare weekly meetings agendas and background documents to be circulated one full week in advance of scheduled meetings

Specific research activities the student(s) be engaged in

  • Create a structured and annotated bibliographic review of existing literature;
  • Create a digital research archive of PDFs of identified papers;
  • Create a series of draft PowerPoint presentations that capture the core conceptual content.

Type of research experience the student(s) will receive

  • Critical thinking
  • Conducting literature review
  • Preparing presentations and written outputs of research

Type of training and support that will be provided to the student(s) in carrying out these research activities

  • Methodological training on data analysis
  • Subject matter training on global health and humanitarianism
  • Day-to-day supervision by DIGHR Research Fellow
  • Regular status meetings with your supervising full-time faculty and DIGHR Director, Professor James Orbinski


  • Current undergraduate York student (we encourage applicants from diverse programs of study)
  • Demonstrated interest in global health
  • Demonstrated skills, experience, and familiarity with conducting literature reviews
  • Experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds/cultures
  • Excellent communication skills: professional email/phone correspondence, public speaking, and presentation proficiency
  • Excellent computer skills (word processing, email, database management, spreadsheets)
  • Demonstrates an eagerness to learn and take on initiative
  • Demonstrates organizational and time management skills
  • Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team with researchers, students, and staff


Global Health & Humanitarianism



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