August 21, 2017
The Field Scientist will work closely with the Vice President for Research to ensure the smooth planning and execution of a new disease surveillance program in Western Asia. Primary responsibilities include facilitating and monitoring the execution of field activities for zoonotic disease surveillance in bats, and leading the training of local in-country partners in Western Asia. Position will be based in New York City with extensive travel to Western Asia.
Reporting to the Vice President for Research at EcoHealth Alliance (EHA), the Field Scientist will work with EcoHealth Alliance staff in New York and other in-country project personnel to assist in planning and implementing an international zoonotic disease surveillance project in Western Asia, funded by the US Department of Defense. The Field Scientist responsibilities include helping to develop and train field teams and assure best practices among field teams such that they meet sampling targets and biosafety and biosecurity requirements as specified in the project objectives. Training activities will focus on establishing and building capacity in zoonotic disease field surveillance with local implementing partners under the Western Asia program, and supporting the overall aims of EHA’s country and global programs. The Field Scientist will focus on field team development and sample and ecological data collection from free ranging bats, initially in Georgia, Jordan, Turkey, and Pakistan with later expansion to other countries in the region. The Field Scientist will also coordinate and monitor sample collection, storage, and transport with relevant collaborators. He or she will be responsible for supply and equipment procurement and management (in accordance with Country Leads), technical training and supervision of field technicians, quality assurance, technician performance and proficiency; biosafety best practices; sample management and transport, and project reporting. The Field Scientist will also help coordinate in country lab activities and data management as appropriate with EHA’s implementing lab partners. Duties will also include data management, data entry, and analysis. He or she will be responsible for becoming proficient in all relevant project SOPs, including passing all required project examinations, and ensuring project team proficiency. He or she will attend relevant in-country meetings with Government stakeholders or other USG entities and occasionally regional DOD meetings related to the Western Asia program or other EHA projects, as requested by supervisor. The Field Scientist will also be expected to supervise local research exchange fellows. Duties will additionally include contributing to project reporting, and co-authoring scientific papers, as appropriate.
The position is based at EcoHealth Alliance’s headquarters in New York City with extensive travel to Western Asia. EcoHealth Alliance is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, and vision coverage, and a 403(b) pension plan. For further information about EcoHealth Alliance, please visit our website: www.ecohealthalliance.org
How to Apply:
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