November 2, 2020

Research Scientist

The Research Scientist will assist senior research scientists on EcoHealth Alliance 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, 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 will actively and collaboratively engage in expanding the boundaries of our research on CoVs and support our EID-SEARCH programs in Southeast Asia. Above all, a passion for understanding the process of zoonotic disease emergence and a keen desire to stop the next pandemic is key.


  • Collaborate and engage 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 may be expected.
  • Analyze field data from prior and current projects in the region and elsewhere
  • 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.
  • Liaise with international partners and report proactively to funders
  • Assist with grant and manuscript writing
  • Coordinate and take minutes on meetings and calls
  • Provide program coordination and grant management support
  • Use a strong fact basis and collaborative approach to formulate alternative and creative solutions to problems and sensitive issues.
  • Some assistance in outreach to donors, potential collaborators, and other institutions at conferences, scientific, and public meetings may be required


  • Minimum of BSc, MPH or MSc in: Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Public Health, or related field in the life sciences. Candidates for PhD will be considered at an higher salary.
  • Strong quantitative analytical skills
  • Experience with statistical analyses, particularly using R
  • Some experience with phylogenetic and evolutionary analyses a plus.
  • Previous experience in public health or infectious diseases
  • Previous experience with grants and with international program administration of large projects with components including field and laboratory work
  • 1-to-3 years’ experience working on projects funded by US Federal agencies as well as prior nonprofit, 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 labeled with your first and last name only (“first last.pdf”) in PDF format containing with (a) a cover letter, (b) CV, and (c) three references to with “2020 EIDSEARCH RESEARCH SCIENTIST SEASIA” 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. All inquires will receive an automatic response confirming receipt. Applicants will be evaluated and only appropriate candidates will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in EcoHealth Alliance!