June 8, 2020

Field Scientist

The Field Scientist works directly with EcoHealth Alliance’s Principal Scientist, Vector-Borne Diseases, and other scientists and staff to coordinate and implement One Health activities associated with this research. The Field Scientist will be responsible for coordinating work with the in-country team, training the team, and assisting with collecting biological samples from livestock and wildlife, liaising with collaborators and partner, and writing reports and presentations. The Field Scientist will work closely with other staff and scientists as well as international collaborators. The position is for one year with continuation beyond the first year contingent on performance and funding availability.


  • Refine, expand, and develop field programs in zoonotic disease research
  • Execute field collection of high-quality wildlife and domestic animal samples within collaborator countries
  • Assist with and develop other projects related to the EcoHealth Alliance program on Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • File and monitor applications to CITES, USDA, in-country wildlife and forestry departments, CDC, ethics committees, IRBs, and IACUCs to gain prompt permission for the collection and shipping of wildlife, domestic animal, and human samples where needed
  • Act as the key liaison with collaborators at EcoHealth Alliance partners and collaborators
  • Liaise with EcoHealth Alliance scientists to assist with development and planning of avenues of scientific investigation
  • Provide detailed background on projects
  • Have responsibility for some grant management and program coordination
  • As part of these duties, international and domestic travel will be required to Tanzania, though may include the following: Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Expect to spend 3-9 months per year in the field and 3-9 months per year coordinating projects from the New York headquarters.
  • There is an opportunity to develop research programs
  • Process, clean, and curate data
  • Develop models and conduct analyses with multi-disciplinary data to identify factors linked to the epidemiology, ecology, and maintenance of CCHF
  • Perform literature reviews
  • Produce data visualizations and participate in writing scientific publications, presentations, and reports
  • Participate in other projects and tasks as required or assigned by supervisor
  • Assist Science, Research, and Development teams in investigating and applying for funding


  • Minimum of Ph.D. in: epidemiology, veterinary medicine, ecology, or related field in the life sciences
  • Field experience capturing and collecting samples from rodents and other wildlife
  • Previous experience writing grants and with grant administration
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • A strong sense of team spirit and diplomacy
  • Previous experience in public health or infectious diseases
  • Having worked in Tanzania before is a plus
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Fluency in English
  • Strong quantitative, statistical, and computational skills
  • Knowledge of open source statistical software, including R, is a plus
  • Eye for detail

At EcoHealth Alliance, our vision is a workplace with a diverse and talented staff where people want to come, to 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. This position is based at EcoHealth Alliance in New York City and will entail extensive domestic and international travel. EcoHealth Alliance offers a competitive salary and a 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 in PDF format containing (a) a cover letter, (b) CV, and (c) three references to jobs@ecohealthalliance.org with “2020 FIELD SCIENTIST JOB APPLICATION” in the subject line. Emails without the subject line or with multiple attachments will not be reviewed. No formal text is required within the body of your email, since emails will not be evaluated. All inquires will receive an automatic response confirming receipt. Only appropriate candidates will be contacted.
If you would like to be considered for more than one job position, please indicate that in your cover letter and list your order of preference. Applications must be submit by July 15, 2020 for consideration.

Thank you for your interest in EcoHealth Alliance!