June 8, 2020

Research Scientist and Project Manager

Reporting directly to the President, the Research Scientist will assist senior research scientists on our NIH-funded projects to examine the dynamics of pathogen transmission within and among wildlife populations, livestock, and humans; as well as the risk of spillover, patterns of infection, and phylogenetic relationships of emerging zoonotic diseases. The candidate should be self-motivated and proactive. The Research Scientist will need to have a collaborative approach to research, a positive attitude towards solving complex problems, and creativity. This position is a critical part of our science base and they will actively and collaboratively engage in expanding the boundaries of our research as well as help create our ‘think-tank’ on emerging infectious diseases. Above all, a passion for understanding the process of zoonotic disease emergence is key.


  • Collaborate and/or lead in the design and implementation of a multi-country field study of zoonotic disease emergence from bats, rodents, and primates as well as the role of human behavior in disease emergence and analyze the resulting data. Extensive foreign travel, particularly in southeast Asia will be expected.
  • Work on modeling and other projects that broadly integrate evolutionary, ecological, and biodiversity data into emerging disease and zoonotic disease models.
  • Liaise with EcoHealth Alliance and other scientists to generate hypotheses and to assist with development of models and plan avenues of scientific investigation.
  • Engage with EcoHealth Alliance scientists and consortium partners on our other projects as well as on federally funded programs on AI, Ebola, Nipah, RVFV, and other emerging diseases.
  • Work closely with the President, science staff, and collaborators to design and execute analytical projects to understand the process of zoonotic disease emergence including examination of the roles of host-specific and evolutionary drivers of disease emergence.
  • Represent EcoHealth Alliance and work with stakeholders and collaborators at local, national, and international levels.
  • Manage Staff, liaise with international partners, and report proactively to funders
  • Assist with grant and manuscript writing
  • Be responsible for grant management and program coordination
  • Use a strong fact basis and collaborative approach to formulate alternative and creative solutions to problems and sensitive issues.


  • Minimum of Ph.D. in: Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Public Health, or related field in the life sciences
  • Strong quantitative analytical skills
  • Experience with statistical analyses, particularly using R
  • Experience with phylogenetic and evolutionary analyses a plus
  • Previous experience in public health or infectious diseases
  • Previous experience writing grants and with international grants and program administration of large projects with key components including field and laboratory work and analyses
  • 1-to-3 years’ experience working on projects funded by US federal agencies as well as prior non-profit, academic, or equivalent positions
  • Demonstrated writing and research skills including publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Ability to conduct literature reviews, data collation and cleaning, and exploratory data analyses
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills with a keen eye for detail
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • Self-driven, highly motivated, organized, and willing to perform research and administrative duties
  • Strong interpersonal skills; a willingness to place team before self and a strong sense of diplomacy
  • Previous experience in Southeast Asia is a plus
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Willingness to work some mornings, evenings, weekends as necessary
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required

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 RESEARCH SCIENTIST AND PROJECT MANAGER 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!