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Position Available


Location: New York, NY
Employer: World Trade Center Health Registry, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Position: Research Scientist - Disaster Epidemiology

$78,630.00 - $102,600.00

Minimum Requirements:

Contact Name:

Dr. Melanie Jacobson

Contact Phone: 646-632-6917
Contact Email / Web:  Job ID number #316678
Posted: 1/20/2018
EpiMonitor ID: 2018-2492

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Research Scientist for Disaster Epidemiology, World Trade Center Health Registry

Civil Service Title: City Research Scientist

Proposed Salary Range: 78,630.00 - $102,600.00 (Annual)


Job Description

The World Trade Center Health Registry (WTCHR) was developed as a public health response to evaluate the physical and mental health impact of the September 11, 2001 disaster.   Over 71,000 rescue/recovery workers and community members are enrolled in the Registry. Housed within the Division of Epidemiology in a renowned and dynamic agency, the Registry's research influences national policies concerning healthcare for those who survived the attacks. The WTCHR's Research and Survey Unit seeks an early to mid-career research scientist with exceptional scientific skills and experience conducting epidemiologic research and working with large, complex datasets.  The Unit's multi-disciplinary scientists lead and participate in WTC disaster related research on a range of physical and mental health outcomes among children, adolescents, and adults, including chronic diseases, PTSD, depression and anxiety, functional impairment, and psychosocial implications of long-term disaster health effects and unmet health care needs as well as methodologic studies. The Unit also has responsibility for designing periodic follow-up surveys and conducts in-depth nested studies, quality control of research output prior to publication, and recruitment for approved external researcher studies   among other activities.   Working in a highly regarded collaborative environment.


·  Conduct independent and collaborative analyses of WTCHR longitudinal survey data and other city administrative or survey
Under guidance of the Lead of the Epidemiological and Statistical Support sub-unit in the Survey and Research Unit, will
     serve as author or co-author on scientific studies in areas such as mental and physical health effects of exposure to the
     9/11 disaster among adult, adolescent and/or child community survivors and/or rescue/recovery workers.  Will also serve
     as a consultant to other Registry staff on epidemiology study methods.

·  Conduct independent and collaborative analyses of WTCHR longitudinal survey data and other city administrative or survey data and produce manuscripts and presentations.

·   Conduct quality assurance of other analysts' work and Registry scientific output.

·    Participate in the design and implementation of WTCHR surveys and nested studies including questionnaire development.

·    Maintain confidentiality of identifiable data.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Candidates must have:

1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or

2. A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or

3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in "2" above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in "1" and "2" above.

Preferred Skills:

- PhD in epidemiology

- Experience working with large complex datasets and conducting longitudinal data analysis

- Competence in or subject matter familiarity with statistical analysis of longitudinal data including mixed models, growth curve models, disaster epidemiology, disaster related children's research, synergistic relationship between mental and physical health

- Proficiency in data analysis using SAS and/or R

- Experience publishing scientific manuscripts, preferably some as first author

- Ability to work collaboratively with interdisciplinary team on research manuscripts

- Strong written and verbal communication skills

- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Additional Information


Please note:  If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:

• A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver’s license. 

• Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title. 

• Current Resume  

• Proof of Address/NYC Residency dated within the last 60 days, such as: Recent Utility Bill (i.e. Telephone, Cable, Mobile Phone)

Additional documentation may be required to evaluate your qualification as outlined in this posting’s “Minimum Qualification Requirements” section. Examples of additional documentation may be, but not limited to: college transcript, experience verification or professional trade licenses.

If after your interview you are the selected candidate you will be contacted to schedule an on-boarding appointment.   By the time of this appointment you will be asked to produce the originals of the above documents along with your original Social Security card.


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DOHMH qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements. 

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:

To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter to  In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number #316678.

We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.

All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.



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