June 28, 2016
EcoHealth Alliance seeks an adventurous, highly organized, collaborative and self-driven laboratory scientist with technical expertise in molecular virology to work internationally under our disease ecology and pandemic prevention programs. This position will be primarily focused on diagnostic testing, laboratory capacity building, and training in Liberia, one of our international project sites. The position offers an opportunity to join an interdisciplinary program and work within cutting edge international research projects. The successful candidate will be responsible for implementing lab-based research, laboratory team development and management, and technical training of local personnel in molecular virology and serology techniques related to emerging disease detection under the USAID PREDICT program. The Lab Scientist will participate in project development, implementation, data analysis, and writing scientific manuscripts, reports and grants, working closely with both in-country science staff and EHA scientists in New York. The candidate should expect to spend a concentrated amount of time (approximately 60%) in Liberia in support of new and ongoing international field projects. When not traveling, the candidate will be based at EHA headquarters in New York City.
Responsibilities will include local oversight of the laboratory components of a large-scale, coordinated viral ecology project, while also training local lab technicians in real-time and conventional gel-based PCR techniques as well as serological assays. The Lab Scientist will help develop a cohesive lab team that will work with our field team to ensure safe, efficient sample handling, sample and information management, sample testing, and data management using existing project protocols. The Lab Scientist may also conduct training workshops and other capacity-building activities in the West Africa region including Sierra Leone and Guinea. The position will require interaction with local government officials and in-country US government personnel (e.g. US Embassy, USAID, CDC), often at a high level. Therefore, the successful candidate must have project management experience, maturity, diplomacy, and excellent interpersonal skills, as well as cultural awareness and sensitivity. The successful candidate will have experience working in resource poor settings as well as in well provisioned conditions, and a demonstrated aptitude for creative problem solving and working through logistical challenges. In addition to working in the aforementioned locations, the Lab Scientist should be prepared to support other EHA projects and programs as needed. The candidate will be expected to be proactive in developing collaborations both within EcoHealth Alliance and externally to both strengthen current projects and develop new research projects that fit with the mission and direction of EcoHealth Alliance.
Description and Responsibilities
The responsibilities of this position include:
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: www.ecohealthalliance.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “EHA 2016 LAB SCIENTIST” 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.
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