Public Health Laboratory Post-Doctoral Fellowship
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Public Health Laboratory Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc. (FPHNY) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, FPHNY implements programs to address pressing public health needs, fosters private sector support to enhance health and health care, and helps educate the public regarding the protection of individual, family, and community health.




The New York City Public Health Laboratory (PHL) is seeking to host a post-doctoral fellow. The fellowship experience is designed to provide fellows comprehensive training that will prepare them for careers in public health. The content and extent of the training is tailored to each fellow according to their unique background and interests. The trainings and experiences gained through this opportunity include:

  • working on the front lines of a pandemic response to serve NYC communities

  • developing assays for new and emerging pathogens

  • interacting with senior NYC Health Department leadership and developing management skills

  • collaborating with academic laboratories and state and federal government agencies such as New York State Wadsworth Center and CDC


Our People

We are a multidisciplinary team of more than 200 laboratory professionals, spanning the key PHL areas including bacteriology, virology and environmental science. Past fellows have gone on to managing PHL units in other states, industry positions and laboratory fellowships at the CDC.



Our Responsibility

PHLs serve as the first-line response to health threats to the public, providing the technical expertise for the detection of pathogens and other public health threats. The NYC PHL is a critical asset to the citythe work performed at the laboratory was essential to NYCs successful public health responses to the 20182019 measles outbreak, Ebola virus disease, Legionnaires disease outbreaks, countless foodborne outbreaks across the city, a large meningococcal outbreak, and response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to name a few recent examples.


In addition to clinical and environmental testing, the PHL engages in research critical to public health knowledge. Some of our recent publications include:

  • Detection and characterization of the SARS-CoV-2 lineage B.1.526 in New York. Nat Commun. 2021 Aug 9;12(1):4886. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-25168-4.

  • SARS-CoV-2 N gene mutations impact detection by clinical molecular diagnostics: reports in two cities in the United States. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2021 Nov;101(3):115468. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2021.115468. Epub 2021 Jul 5.

  • Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies in New York City Adults, June-October 2020: A Population-Based Survey. J Infect Dis. 2021 Jul 15;224(2):188-195. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiab296.

  • The Distribution and Spread of Susceptible and Resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae across Demographic Groups in a Major Metropolitan Center. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 Nov 2;73(9):e3146-e3155. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa1229.

  • Consequences of Undervaccination - Measles Outbreak, New York City, 2018-2019. N Engl J Med. 2020 Mar 12;382(11):1009-1017. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1912514.

  • Notes from the Field: Botulism Outbreak Associated with Home-Canned Peas - New York City, 2018. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2019 Mar 15;68(10):251-252. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6810a5.


For additional details of the testing performed at the PHL, please visit our website, which contains a manual of all our tests and services:




The two-year post-doctoral fellowship training program will focus on four main activities: 1) laboratory sciences; 2) didactic learning; 3) research; and 4) laboratory leadership and management. Post-doctoral fellows will be introduced to all areas of the public health laboratory, including all testing areas as well as quality management, biosafety and biosecurity, information systems/information technology, administration (budgeting, personnel, etc.), and will interact with epidemiologists and clinical partners.


A rotation template is detailed below, but the content and duration will be tailored based on the fellows unique background, goals and interests.

  • Central Accessioning: 2 weeks

  • Bacteriology: 8 weeks

  • Mycobacteriology: 6 weeks

  • Molecular Typing and PulseNet: 34 weeks

  • Virology/Molecular Core: 6 weeks

  • Diagnostic Immunology: 4 weeks

  • COVID\STI Quickie Laboratory: 1 week

  • Biothreat Response: 12 weeks

  • Environmental Microbiology: 2 weeks

  • Environmental Chemistry: 2 weeks

  • Whole Genome Sequencing and Bioinformatics: 4 weeks

  • Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Rotation: 24 weeks

  • Quality Management: 12 weeks, plus routine meetings throughout both years

  • Biosafety and Biosecurity: 12 weeks, plus routine meetings throughout both years

  • Laboratory Information Systems: 1 week, plus routine meetings throughout both years


Fellows are encouraged to actively work in multiple areas of the lab by supporting current projects essential to the laboratory. They will also have opportunities to perform independent research, present data at national conferences and author/co-author publications. Areas of focus will include both technical aspects of the laboratory as well as laboratory leadership and management. The fellow will participate as part of the leadership team and attend meetings within and outside the PHL. Select NYC PHL leadership will serve as mentors and guides for the fellow.




1.Doctoral degree in life sciences (PhD, DrPH, DSc, etc.) or medical degree (MD, DO, etc.)

2.Graduate education in microbiology, virology, immunology or environmental sciences

3. Demonstrated ability to think critically and independently and lead research projects

4. Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team

5. Willingness to learn about new laboratory methodologies and governmental policies




The salary is $85,000 a year. FPHNY offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, vision and dental insurance; participation in a 403(b) plan and flexible spending account (FSA).



To apply, send resume, with cover letter including how your experience relates to this position. We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.

In the cover letter, indicate how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and provide your salary history and requirements.


The Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.