EcoHealth Alliance - Spatial Disease Ecologist

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Spatial Disease Ecologist

EcoHealth Alliance is seeking a spatial disease ecologist to support research into bat-borne virus ecology research in South Africa. This New York-based position is ideal for a recent PhD with expertise in spatial ecology including understanding animal movement and host/pathogen ecology. In this position, the spatial ecologist will play a central role in a multi-institutional project integrating data and shaping analytical approaches and publications. There will be opportunities to also engage in a diverse array of research programs at EcoHealth Alliance and opportunity to collaborate across teams and develop new projects. Successful applicants will have strong communications skills and creativity to derive insights from diverse streams of data generated from field, lab, and behavioral studies of wildlife and humans. Responsibilities include providing technical input into study design and project implementation, data collection and analysis, training and mentoring junior scientists, and grant and manuscript writing. Above all, passion for understanding the process of zoonotic disease emergence is key. Some international travel and flexibility in hours to collaborate with partners in different time zones is required.

The position will be based at EcoHealth Alliance HQ in New York. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this position may begin as a remote assignment, with the expectation of ultimately transitioning into the New York office and international travel.


  • Collaborate with EcoHealth Alliance scientists, partners, and associates under a multi-year disease ecology research project in South Africa under EHA’s Vice President for Science and Outreach
  • Participate in study development, implementation, data analysis, writing, and training within the project
  • Work with EcoHealth Alliance scientists to develop new scientific research projects
  • Develop new funding applications
  • Write manuscripts, project reports and white papers
  • Represent EcoHealth Alliance at scientific meetings and to project partners
  • Participate in outreach to donors, potential collaborators, and other institutions at conferences, scientific, and public meetings


  • PhD in Ecology or Epidemiology or equivalent work experience
  • Prior research experience with spatial and spatiotemporal analytical methods, inclusive of working land-use and remote sensing data, analysis of animal movement/telemetry data
  • Experience working with R
  • Positive attitude towards and creativity for complex problems
  • Strong sense of team spirit and cultural sensitivity
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills , including experience writing scientific publications
  • Strong organizational and project management skills and ability to work independently
  • Fluency in written and spoken English


  • PhD in Ecology or Epidemiology or equivalent work experience
  • Experience collaborating with research teams across multiple countries
  • Strong background in wildlife epidemiology or disease ecology
  • Experience in mechanistic epidemiological (e.g. SIR) modeling
  • Experience working with genomic and phylogenetic data

Salary Range


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. 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.


Send an email with a single attachment labeled 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 “ S&O DISEASE ECOLOGIST 2022 “ 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. Applicants will be evaluated and only appropriate candidates will be contacted.


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