December 4, 2018

Research Assistant

EcoHealth Alliance seeks a highly-organized, collaborative and self-driven research assistant to help ensure the smooth planning and execution of EcoHealth Alliance’s research on the dynamics of Rift Valley fever virus ecology and epidemiology including interacting with teams in South Africa conducting the research on soil science, vegetation ecology, entomology, climate and weather, human exposure, and animal risk for disease outbreaks. Additionally, the Research Assistant will work with a Senior Research Scientist on analyses of pathogen transmission within and among wildlife populations, livestock, and humans with data from other collaborating countries. The Research Assistant’s primary duties will include supporting EcoHealth Alliance’s Rift Valley Fever Virus Project (RVFVP) and PREDICT-2 projects, including: the collection of data from literature, data curation, data quality assurance, mediating collaborations between EcoHealth Alliance and local partners in various countries, and data analysis; as well as assistance in writing manuscripts, grants, and preparing presentations. The research assistant will be expected to participate in weekly meetings to ensure progress is being made on research activities. The Research Assistant will also provide necessary administrative support to the supervisor and to other staff as required. The Research Assistant will be based at EcoHealth Alliance headquarters in New York and will be supervised by the Senior Research Scientist and overseen by the Executive Vice President for Health and Policy of EcoHealth Alliance.


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


  • Participate in other projects and tasks as required or assigned by the Senior Research Scientist or Executive Vice President for Health and Policy (EVP).
  • 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.


  • B.S. or B.A in Biology, Ecology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Data Science, Statistics, or related field and 3-5 years of similar work experience.
  • 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
  • Some travel may be required

The position is based at EcoHealth Alliance’s headquarters in New York City. EcoHealth Alliance is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, and vision coverage, and a 403(b) pension plan. For further information about EcoHealth Alliance, please visit our website:

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 “EHA DECEMBER 2018 RESEARCH ASSISTANT” 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!