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Student Opportunity: Synergies of Planetary Health Research Initiative and Lab Research Assistant

Student Opportunity: Synergies of Planetary Health Research Initiative and Lab Research Assistant


Published on July 22, 2021

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Job ID: 31412

Application Deadline: Thursday, August 19, 2021 @11:59pm

Eligibility Criteria:

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Hourly Wage: $16.25 per hour

Weekly Hours: 6.5 hours per week

Start Date: September 01, 2021

End Date: April 29, 2022

Job Description

Under the supervision of Dr. Idil Boran, the Synergies of Planetary Health Research Initiative and Lab RAY student will:

  • Support the transdisciplinary research of the Synergies of Planetary Health Research Initiative;
  • Assist with coordination of the Synergies of Planetary Health Laboratory;
  • Support the international data collection and analysis team;
  • Support partnership development, correspondence with partners and outreach;
  • Support event and workshop organization and communication outputs;
  • Support the development and submission of grant applications;
  • Assist with filing, record-keeping, and reporting.

Specific research activities the student(s) will be engaged in:

  • Create annotated bibliography;
  • Write reading reports;
  • Participate in coding with the international data collection and analysis team;
  • Tabulating data;
  • Editing and formatting drafts;
  • Correspondence with partners and workshop invitees.

Type of research experience the student(s) will receive:

  • Critical thinking, project design and design thinking, problem solving, research creativity;
  • Professional communication, including international and cross-cultural professional interaction and communication;
  • Literature review skills;
  • Skills with reading and preparing reports and grey literature.

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 planetary health including climate, biodiversity, and adaptation to health impacts of environmental change;
  • Training in subject matter (global governance, intergovernmental organizations, local and regional governance, non-profit organizations);
  • Regular status meetings with your supervising full-time faculty.


  • Current undergraduate York student. Applicants from diverse programs of study are encouraged. The Dahdaleh Institute welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities (racialized), Indigenous Peoples and persons of any gender identity and sexual orientation. York University is committed to a positive, supportive, and inclusive environment.
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental governance, global health, and global governance.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience with conducting literature reviews.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of research methods (quantitative and/or qualitative and/or integrative).
  • Demonstrated skills using York University Library resources, including search engines.
  • Demonstrated note-taking, journal-keeping, and filing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills: professional written and interactive correspondence, public speaking and presentation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including international and cross-cultural communication.
  • Demonstrated 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.
  • Demonstrated excellent analytic skills for understanding, sorting, and categorizing complex information. Skills and resourcefulness in drawing mind-maps and tabulating information is an asset.
  • Demonstrated 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.

List of applications materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Transcript


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