Environmental Health Research Fellow
Job Details
Worth Street - New York, NY
Environmental Health Research Fellow

The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) 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, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City. 

Grant: Energy-Related Air Quality: Temporal and Spatial Characterization of Trends and Their Health Effects 
Location: 125 Worth Street, NY, NY (current location is work from home due to COVID until further notice)
The Bureau of Environmental Surveillance and Policy (BESP) within the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is a multidisciplinary team of public health scientists that conducts environmental health surveillance, research and program analysis that inform policies and services to improve public health. We also manage and analyze data from an air quality monitoring network -- the New York City Community Air Survey (NYCCAS). This survey is designed to characterize temporal trends and spatial variation of air pollution from major emission sources to facilitate policy and public health decisions. NYCCAS data collection started in December 2008, and its operation and annual reporting became mandated by NYC law in 2015. 

The research fellow will work as part of the air quality, climate, and health unit as part of a team of researchers in a NYSERDA-funded study of energy-related air quality looking at temporal and spatial characterization of trends and their health effects. The research fellow will join an established Air Pollution and Climate & Health Program at DOHMH that conducts surveillance, research and health impact assessment and works across city agencies to develop programmatic and policy responses to improve air quality. The researcher will contribute to study design, implementation, analyses, and report development. The researcher will also work with the BESP staff in sharing findings with key internal and external stakeholders.

NYC DOHMH BESP is seeking an environmental health research fellow in collaboration with The Fund for Public Health in New York (FPHNY), a not for profit corporation serving as program partner with DOHMH to implement and advance public health initiatives. This position is funded through a NYSERDA grant for two years, subject to availability of annual renewals.  

•    Conduct epidemiologic analyses of health and linked environmental data including air quality data, hospital discharges, mortality, syndromic surveillance of emergency department visits data, housing characteristics, and neighborhood demographics. 
•    Develop and contribute to presentations and manuscripts for scientific conferences and peer-reviewed journals.
•    Assist in preparation of grant reports and prepare and track Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications, renewals, and related data use agreements. 
•    Other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor


1.    A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of environmental health science, epidemiology, or geostatistics; 


2.    A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of environmental epidemiology, environmental health science or geostatistics and at least one year of full-time relevant experience in the appropriate field of specialization.

Experience and skills
Interested applicants should possess the following: 
•    Extensive training in environmental epidemiology, geostatistics or biostatistics. 
•    Working experience in the use of SAS or R required; familiarity with spatial analysis and mapping in R or ArcGIS preferred.  
•    Ability to synthesize and apply methods from the relevant published research.
•    Experience in the design, management and analysis of environmental and health databases.  
•    Excellent writing, speaking ability and strong interpersonal communication skills.  
•    Experience in air pollution and health effects research is a plus

FPHNYC offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary range for this position is commensurate with experience. 

There is potential for this position to transition to DOHMH and therefore candidates must meet DOHMH eligibility requirement including NYC residency.

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 please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.

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