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Student Opportunity: Research Assistant, Humanitarian Engineering

Student Opportunity: Research Assistant, Humanitarian Engineering


Published on 16 April 2020

Job ID: 16845

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 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


  • 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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