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Student Opportunity: Research Assistant, Health Emergency and Disaster

Student Opportunity: Research Assistant, Health Emergency and Disaster


Published on 16 April 2020

Job ID: 16849

Full Time Research Assistant

Eligibility Requirements:

$16/per hour

30 hours/week

Start: May 11th

End: August 28th

Application Deadline: Sunday April 26th @11:59pm

Applications are only accepted through the Career Centre. Go to and search for the posting with the JobID.


Under the supervision of Dr. James Orbinski, Director, the Health Emergency and Disaster 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 in a shared OneDrive location
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Report full minutes of meetings within 24 hours of the meeting
  • 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
  • Assist in writing and submitting a grant proposal for the New Frontiers in Research Fund

Specific research activities the student will 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 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 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 Dahdaleh Institute Director, Dr. 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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