October 6, 2020

Research Project Assistant

EcoHealth Alliance seeks a highly-organized, collaborative and self-driven research project assistant to help ensure the smooth planning and execution of EcoHealth Alliance’s research on the dynamics of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus and Avian Influenza ecology and epidemiology. This is a One Health position and will involve interacting with teams working on public health and veterinary health aspects of research and policy. The Research Project Assistant will interact with project partners and researchers working in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and other U.S.-based and international collaborators. The Research Project Assistant will work with the Disease Ecologist on analyses of pathogen transmission from livestock to people with data gathered from this project. The Research Project Assistant’s primary
duties will include supporting EcoHealth Alliance’s Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus and Avian Influenza project (MERS-CoV & AIP), including: assisting with the preparation of reports, procuring and maintaining approvals and permits, and other project administrative tasks; the collection of data from literature, data curation, data quality assurance, supporting collaborations between EcoHealth Alliance and local partners in various countries; assistance in writing manuscripts, grants, and preparing presentations. The Research Project Assistant will be expected to participate in weekly/daily meetings. The Research Project Assistant will also provide necessary administrative support to the supervisor and to other staff as required. The Research Project Assistant will be based at EcoHealth Alliance headquarters in New York and will be supervised by the Disease Ecologist and overseen by the Executive Vice President for Health and Policy of EcoHealth Alliance. Some domestic and international travel may be required.


  • Work on the MERS-CoV & AIP and other projects that broadly integrate environmental, animal, and human health data into emerging disease and zoonotic disease models
  • Assist in project management and provide administrative support for the project manager
  • Support grant administration, including proposals, reporting, contracting, coordinating invoicing, and payments
  • Maintain finances, reimbursements, and expense coding for supervisor and self
  • Manage and assist with data curation using GitHub, R, and AirTable for improved integration of data amongst project experts
  • Maintain collaborations with MERS-CoV & AIP leaders by organizing regular calls to obtain progress reports and improve project-wide communication
  • Provide analytical support to EcoHealth Alliance scientists
  • Take meeting minutes and generate draft agendas for meetings
  • Participate in all relevant meetings at EcoHealth Alliance


  • Participate in other projects and tasks as required or assigned
  • Work to ensure smooth functioning of programs at EcoHealth Alliance
  • Conduct literature reviews to provide detailed background for grant proposals, scientific manuscripts, and other project needs
  • Assist with high quality scientific manuscripts for publication
  • Assist with budgeting for grants, including ensuring drafting reports on time and reminders about updates and contacting funding agencies
  • Assist with the development of other projects related to the EcoHealth Alliance programs
  • Assist with outreach to donors, media contacts, potential collaborators, and other institutions
  • Participate in other projects and tasks as required or assigned by the supervisor and/or the EVP


  • BS or BA and 2 years of similar work experience, or a Masters’ degree in Biology, Ecology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Data Science, Statistics, or related field
  • Strong quantitative analytical skills
  • Experience with basic statistical analyses, particularly using R
  • Ability to conduct literature reviews, data collation and cleaning, and exploratory data analyses
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • Previous experience writing grants
  • Strong interest in One Health
  • A strong sense of team spirit and diplomacy
  • Previous experience in public health or infectious diseases
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of Arabic is desirable

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. 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 labeled with your first and last name only (“first last.pdf”) in PDF format with (a) a cover letter, (b) CV, and (c) three references to jobs@ecohealthalliance.org with “MERSCOV RA” 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 emails will not be evaluated. Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EcoHealth Alliance is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly only if selected as a candidate.

Thank you for your interest in EcoHealth Alliance!