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EHA is seeking a research assistant to work on analyses related to zoonotic disease ecology, biodiversity and health, and conservation biology

Title: Research Assistant

Reports to: Associate Vice President, Conservation and Health

EcoHealth Alliance is seeking a research assistant 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 MS or MPH graduate with a passion for the links between biodiversity and health (especially emerging zoonoses), and strong writing and analytical skills. Responsibilities include: spatial analysis of the interactions among biodiversity, zoonotic and other pathogen dynamics, and anthropogenic changes such as land use changes, 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. The position will be based in NYC, and occasional travel may be required.

• 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
• Strong quantitative analytical, database, and statistical skills and experience with R
• Spatial analysis experience with GIS and remote sensing software
• 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
• Ability to conduct literature reviews, data collation and cleaning, and exploratory data analyses and visualizations

EcoHealth Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We offer 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 a single attachment labeled with your first and last name only (“first last.pdf”) in PDF format containing only (a) a cover letter, (b) CV, and (c) three references to with "Conservation and Health Research Assistant, Spring 2018" 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 only the attached document will be retained. All inquiries will receive an automatic response confirming receipt. Applications will be evaluated and only appropriate candidates will be contacted.

Non academic
EcoHealth Alliance
New York
United States
Closing date
June 11th, 2018
Posted on
May 11th, 2018 18:52
Last updated
May 11th, 2018 18:52