Student Opportunity: Research Assistant, Humanitarian Engineering
April 16, 2020
Job ID: 16845
Full Time Research Assistant
Eligibility Requirements: sfs.yorku.ca/work-study-programs
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.
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