Student Opportunity SU23 – Public Health Institutions RAY Assistant

JOB TITLE: Public Health Institutions RAY Assistant
SUPERVISOR: Adèle Cassola and Mathieu Poirier
DEPARTMENT: Global Strategy Lab (
HOURLY WAGE: $20 per hour
WEEKLY HOURS: 12 hours per week
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, April 20, 2023 @ 11:59 p.m. ET
START DATE: May 1, 2023
END DATE: September 1, 2023

Eligibility criteria.


Under the supervision of Dr. Cassola and Dr. Poirier and the Global Strategy Lab’s Public Health Institutions research team, the Public Health Institutions RAY student will:

  • Support projects on public health policy and governance, including projects that compare the roles of senior public health officials internationally, examine the governance of global anti-microbial resistance, and investigate the role of scientific evidence in public health policymaking.
  • Conduct desk research, including statutory analyses, literature searches, and article summaries and syntheses.  
  • Attend and actively participate in Global Strategy Lab meetings and events.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support on research projects.

Specific research activities the students will be engaging in:

  • Gathering data from government agencies and public health organizations; 
  • Reading and summarizing legislation and policy documents;
  • Searching for, summarizing, and synthesizing academic articles and grey literature;
  • Managing sources using reference management software;
  • Contributing to the writing and editing of manuscripts.

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

  • Analytical and critical thinking;
  • Statutory analysis;
  • Literature review and synthesis;
  • Preparing presentations and written outputs of research;
  • Editing and formatting manuscript drafts;
  • Professional communication as part of an interdisciplinary team

Type of training and support that will be provided to the student(s) in carrying out these research activities:

  • Subject matter training in public health policy and governance;
  • Methodological training in conducting statutory analyses and literature searches;
  • Training in academic writing, including how to prepare effective summaries, syntheses, presentations, and manuscripts;
  • Regular status meetings with an interdisciplinary project team.


  • Current undergraduate York University student.
  • Demonstrated interest in public health, public policy, public administration, and/or international relations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of social science concepts, theories, and research methods.
  • Demonstrated skills, experience, and familiarity with conducting literature reviews.
  • Demonstrated analytic skills for understanding, sorting, and categorizing complex information.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated computer skills (word processing, email, spreadsheets, forms, and slides; facility with Office 365 Apps).
  • Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team with researchers, students, and staff.
  • Demonstrated eagerness to learn and take initiative.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.

Applicants from diverse programs of study are encouraged. We welcome 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.

Visit the following link for the Eligibility Criteria.

Applications are only accepted through the Career Centre. Go to Career Centre portal and search for the posting with the Job ID: 56375

List of applications materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample

Applications will be accepted and considered until Thursday, April 21, 2022 @11:59 pm. We thank all applicants; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Global Strategy Lab welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process, please email

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