Food Safety Research Scientist
Job Details
Worth Street - New York, NY
Food Safety Research Scientist

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 supports innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health. 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, allow expansion of pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.


PROGRAM OVERVIEW (Please list Grant Name and Location)

This position is currently virtual (“work-from-home”) within the Bureau of Environmental Surveillance and Policy at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  The Bureau is dedicated to increasing awareness of and solutions to environmental health risks facing New York City.  The position is funded by the Centers for Disease Control’s Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net) grant.



This position is supported by the CDC Environmental Health Specialist Network (EHS-Net), which is dedicated to identifying and preventing environmental risk factors contributing to foodborne illness. Funding is provided through the FPHNYC. The candidate will participate in development of surveillance and informatics tools to support routine food safety inspections and foodborne illness outbreak investigations. We are recruiting a full-time research scientist who can manage grant funding and associated activities. Candidate must have some familiarity with management of research grants as well as data analytic skills and familiarity with informatics solutions to problems. This position will oversee implementation and coordination of grant-related projects.



            Grant management:

  • Assume responsibility for New York City’s participation in EHS-Net, including attendance at virtual meetings, participation in national studies, possible travel and presentation of data, as well as contracting and some budget management
  • In conjunction with the Principal Investigator, meet reporting requirements of the grant through annual reporting and presentation
  • Contribute to continued funding applications to the CDC EHS-Net program
  • Manage Institutional Review Board Protocols for food safety studies
  • Contribute to the authorship of related manuscripts for peer-review


  • Coordinate with the Office of Environmental Investigations to ensure accurate tracking of agency response to foodborne illness complaints and outbreaks associated with food service
  • Analyze food safety inspectional data and trends using SQL and/or statistical software (R or SAS, etc.) to evaluate foodborne illness risk factors and respond to data requests
  • Provide technical support for agency educational efforts like community events through online surveys and analysis of findings.
  • Represent NYC in the design and execution of national EHS-Net studies

Conduct quality assurance and control of data products such as automated reports of food safety regulatory performance.

  • Master’s degree in public health (including public health informatics) or environmental health science preferred.
  • Strong interest in food safety, environmental health, and foodborne illness.
  • 1-2 years’ experience as either project manager, preferably with knowledge of federal grant processes, or lead data analyst.
  • Experience managing the requirements of research and grant reporting, such as annual progress reports.
  • Experience writing queries using T-SQL, or a demonstrated ability to learn.
  • Experience with MS Access and Excel preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.


FPHNYC offers a comprehensive benefits package.  The salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and education and equivalent to a NYC Research Scientist II.



To apply, send Resume, with Cover Letter, including salary requested and how your experience relates to this position here. 


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