Staff Epidemiologist


Health Effects Institute


Boston, MA


Want to apply your scientific talents and experience to help guide the next generation of research on the health effects of air pollution? Are you dedicated to putting science into practice in the assessment and communication of health impacts? We are looking for talented and versatile PhD scientists, with training in epidemiology, biostatistics, or related fields, to join our team at the Health Effects Institute, located in the heart of Boston’s downtown. For more than 35 years, HEI has been a source of high-quality, impartial, and policy-relevant science on the health effects of air pollution in the United States and abroad.

As part of the HEI scientific team and working in collaboration with expert committees and HEI staff, you will play a key role in a variety of innovative scientific activities aimed at improving the understanding the health impacts of air pollution, including:
• Multidisciplinary Research and Review: Develop and implement comprehensive research and review programs to answer key questions of interest to HEI;
• Traffic-related Air Pollution: A state-of-the-science review of the literature;
• Global Health: Studies of the contributions of major sources of air pollution to air quality and health, using the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) and other methodologies;
• State of Global Air: Annual update of HEI’s new State of Global Air report and website; and
• Other projects and research activities, depending on your experience and interests.

You will have opportunities to:
• Work with our academic, government, and other partners, as well as HEI’s external expert groups comprising preeminent scientists from around the world;
• Define and pursue new opportunities within the scope of HEI’s mission;
• Represent HEI at professional meetings, both national and international; and
• Speak, write and publish on pertinent issues.

A successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
• Ph.D. or equivalent earned degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, or a similar discipline, with a focus on environmental health and risk assessment and with strong quantitative and analytical skills;
• Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills (fluency in English required; working knowledge of other languages useful);
• Research experience in the air pollution field beyond the final degree (preferred);
• Experience of work on global issues, such as challenges facing developing countries or activities of international organizations (e.g., WHO, World Bank) will be a plus; and
• Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship (strongly preferred).

HEI offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a flexible, stimulating environment. Interested applicants should submit as soon as possible a letter (including salary expectations), curriculum vitae, the names of three references with contact information, and two samples of independent writing. Review of applicants will begin by January 31, 2018, but the position will be open until a suitable candidate is found. Please send your materials to: Human Resources, Health Effects Institute, 75 Federal Street, Suite 1400, Boston, MA 02110, or to with “Epidemiologist position” in the subject line.

About HEI
HEI is a nonprofit institution chartered in 1980 as an independent research organization to provide high-quality, impartial, and relevant science on the health effects of air pollution. Typically, HEI receives balanced funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the worldwide motor vehicle industry. Other public and private organizations periodically support special projects and research programs. HEI has contributed extensively to the scientific understanding of the health effects of particulate matter and other air pollutants. For more details about HEI including its publications, please visit our website, .

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