October 23, 2020

Disease Ecology Postdoctoral Research Scientist

EcoHealth Alliance is seeking a postdoctoral research scientist to work closely with our science team on a DTRA-funded regional zoonotic virus biosurveillance and ecology research project in South Africa. This New York-based position is ideal for a recent PhD with a passion for studying the spillover of bat-borne zoonotic viruses. The ideal candidate has strong writing and analytical skills, and wants to work within a dynamic multidisciplinary team at an exciting science-based NGO that runs international programs. This position requires experience with spatial analyses including animal movement data as well as proficiency with R. Experience modeling infectious disease dynamics is a plus. Responsibilities include providing technical input into study design, participating in implementation, data collection and analysis, training and mentoring junior scientists, and grant and manuscript writing. Some international travel may be required once conditions related to COVID-19 allow. The position will be based at EcoHealth Alliance headquarters in New York. The position may initially work remotely, according to current EHA policy, but will ultimately be required to work in the office once the office reopens.


  • Collaborate with EcoHealth Alliance partners and associates under a multi-year biosurveillance and ecology research project in South Africa
  • The postdoc position will be supervised by EcoHealth Alliance’s Vice President for Science and
  • Participate in study implementation, conduct data analysis, writing, and training within the project
  • Assist with writing federal, foundation, and other funding applications, reports and contracts
  • Work with EcoHealth Alliance scientists to develop new scientific research projects on pandemic preparedness and emerging disease ecology
  • Present work at scientific meetings and to project partners Outreach to donors, potential collaborators, and other institutions at conferences, scientific, and public meetings may occasionally be required


  • PhD in Ecology, Epidemiology or related field. Experience with spatial analysis (GIS, remote sensing), movement ecology (e.g. telemetry data) quantitative analysis including disease modeling or biostatistics, experience with R, and database skills (applicants may be asked to provide recent examples of analytical work)
  • Demonstrated writing skills
  • Experience with international research projects is a plus
  • Must be self-driven and highly motivated, and organized
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a willingness to place team before self and a strong sense of diplomacy
  • Willingness to work some mornings and evenings according to international time zones
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required
  • Applicants are encouraged to include links analytical work such as code repositories, online portfolios, and other demonstrations of experience, but public or open-source work is not required.

At EcoHealth Alliance, our vision is a workplace with a diverse and talented staff where people want to come, stay, do their best work, and grow. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote our staff without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, or socioeconomic status. The position is based at EcoHealth Alliance in New York City. EcoHealth Alliance offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, and vision coverage and a 403(b) pension plan. EcoHealth alliance is proud and deeply committed to being an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply:

Send an email with a single attachment labeled with your first and last name only (“first last.pdf”) in PDF format containing only (a) a cover letter, (b) CV, and (c) the names and contact information for three references to jobs@ecohealthalliance.org with “CM DISEASE ECOLOGIST POSTDOC 2020” in the subject line. Emails without the subject line or with multiple attachments will not be received. No formal text is required within the body of your email, since only the attached document will be retained. All inquires will receive an automatic response confirming receipt. Applicants will be evaluated and only appropriate candidates will be contacted.

Deadline to apply is November 23, 2020.

Thank you for your interest in EcoHealth Alliance!