Student Opportunity: Humanitarian Engineering Research Assistant
September 9, 2019
Eligibility Requirements: sfs.yorku.ca/work-study-programs
Hours: Up to 5 hours/week
Start and End date: asap – April 24, 2020
Application close date: Friday September 20th@4:00pm
Submit your applications through the form at the bottom of this page.
Project Title: Supporting the Development of a New Program on Humanitarian Engineering & Global Health
The Lassonde School of Engineering (LSE) and the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research (DIGHR) are exploring the development of a new collaborative program of research and teaching in Humanitarian Engineering & Global Health. The proposed program has high-level objectives to:
- To mobilize engineering researchers and practitioners to improve the technical effectiveness and public health impact of humanitarian response.
- To cultivate, through training and mentorship, a cadre of Canadian engineers for technical and organizational leadership in the humanitarian response and global health world.
To support the development of this new program, the PIs are seeking a RAY student who will help conduct scoping activities.
- Carry out a scoping review (web search/survey) of existing educational, research, and training programs in the area of Humanitarian Engineeringincluding 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 Engineeringand 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.
Type of research experience the student will receive
- Performing literature searches and bibliographical compilations.
- Learning interview techniques.
- Learning the dynamics associated with being part of a research team.
- Enhancing oral and written communication skills, including conference presentations and manuscripts.
- Gap analysis , articulating research questions, and priority-setting.
- Developing a compelling research proposal.
Type of training and support
- Methodological training on systematic literature review
- Subject matter training in Humanitarian Engineering
- Day-to-day supervision by LSE/DIGHR PIs
Qualifications and Skills
- Current undergraduate York student in engineering.
- Demonstrable interest in global health, environmental health, and humanitarianism.
- Experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds/cultures.
- Ability to think conceptually and communicate ideas, thoughts and presentations.
- Experience, and familiarity with conducting literature reviews.
- Excellent computer skills (word processing, email, database management, spreadsheets); graphic design and layout skills desirable .
- Demonstrable eagerness to learn, take on initiative and with good organizational and time management skills.
- Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team with researchers, students, and staff.