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Student Opportunity: Research Assistant, Humanitarian Engineering

Student Opportunity: Research Assistant, Humanitarian Engineering



Student Opportunity: Research Assistant, Humanitarian Engineering

Job ID: 16845

Full Time Research Assistant

Eligibility Requirements: sfs.yorku.ca/work-study-programs

$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 careers.yorku.ca/online-system/ and search for the posting with the JobID.

Description

Under the supervision of Dr. James Orbinski, Director, the Humanitarian Engineering RAY student will:

  • Carry out a scoping review (web search/survey) of existing educational, research, and training programs in the area of Humanitarian Engineering including definitions, program goals, curricula, research, accreditation, fees, and other relevant features.
  • Develop a database of key organizations and potential informants working 
in the area of interest.
  • Literature search and review on the concept of Humanitarian Engineering and produce an annotated bibliography.
  • Develop a full and organized bibliographical compilation within a suitable reference document database, e.g., Mendeley.
  • Prepare subjects for interviews and telephone surveys, and transcription of key informant interviews, to map out training needs and areas of interest with NGO/humanitarian agency personnel.
  • Support PIs with clerical and administrative duties relating to the development of a short course.
  • Production of knowledge products including briefings, slide decks, and reports.
  • Any other assigned activities.

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

Qualifications

  • 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

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