September 15, 2020

Research Scientist

EcoHealth Alliance is seeking a research scientist to work as part of our modeling team, assisting on quantitative and spatial analyses related to zoonotic disease ecology, biodiversity and health, and conservation biology. This New York-based position is ideal for a recent MSc or MPH graduate with a passion for examining the links between biodiversity and health (especially emerging zoonoses), and with strong writing and analytical skills. Responsibilities include spatial analysis of the interactions between biodiversity, zoonotic and other pathogen dynamics, and anthropogenic changes such as land use change and biodiversity loss; assisting with the collection, cleaning, and analyses of data; drafting manuscripts, grants, and reports; preparing presentations, info-graphics, posters, and other documents; managing collaboration among scientists at EcoHealth Alliance and globally; and providing administrative support. This position is based in New York City with the possibility of some domestic or international travel, but due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this position may initially be remote. Required travel to office or elsewhere would be evaluated based upon business need and staff safety.


  • Provide research, programmatic, and administrative support for the Associate Vice President, Conservation and Health
  • Work with EcoHealth Alliance modeling team and external collaborators to develop scientific research projects on emerging disease ecology, biodiversity and health, and conservation biology
  • Draft and submit grant and other funding applications, and reports
  • Coordinate and take minutes for meetings, workshops, and calls as well as report and submit timesheets and expense reporting
  • Assist with drafting scientific manuscripts for publication, presentations, and public reports as well as with project reporting and updates
  • Some assistance in outreach to donors, potential collaborators, and other institutions at conferences, scientific, and public meetings may be required
  • 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
  • Assemble, clean, combine, and curate data sets from large, heterogeneous sources
  • Perform statistical analyses to understand the links between biodiversity, health, and anthropogenic activities
  • Produce data and schematic visualizations
  • Assist with high quality scientific manuscripts for publication
  • Assist with budgeting for grants, including ensuring timely drafting and submission of reports as well as 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


  • Master’s degree in Life Sciences, Ecology, Biology, Public Health, or a related field
  • Interest and/or experience in infectious diseases, remote sensing, macroecology or meta-analyses
  • Ability to conduct literature reviews, data collation and cleaning, and exploratory data analyses and visualizations
  • Strong quantitative analytical, database, and statistical skills and experience with R
  • Demonstrable writing and research skills with some peer-reviewed publications
  • Previous experience on grant administration and writing or reporting for grants
  • Some experience with international research projects
  • Must be self-driven and highly motivated, organized, and willing to perform both research and administrative duties
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to place team before self and with a strong sense of diplomacy
  • Willingness to adjust working schedule according to international time zones
  • 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 with your first and last name only (“first last.pdf”) in PDF format containing (a) a cover letter, (b) CV, and (c) three references to with “RESEARCH SCIENTIST” in the subject line. 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. 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 inquiries will receive an automatic response confirming receipt. Only appropriately qualified candidates will be contacted.


Thank you for your interest in EcoHealth Alliance!