Consulting Scientist–India

The Health Effects Institute (HEI) seeks a strong candidate with expertise in air pollution exposure assessment, environmental health, epidemiology, or related fields to join our growing global health program. For 40 years, HEI has been a source of high-quality, impartial, and relevant science on the health effects of air pollution. The successful candidate will work closely with HEI’s scientific staff as well as partners including the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, and others. The position will be based in India.

HEI’s global work for the last 15 years has focused on Asia and Europe, and has included capacity development through air pollution health effects research and high-level training workshops for scientists and policy makers, among other activities. Current opportunities include contributing to and building on HEI’s new collaboration with AIIMS in India to establish a new network of researchers. The Collaborative on Air Pollution and Health Effects Research (CAPHER)–India will bring together teams of researchers from various scientific disciplines including atmospheric chemistry, air pollution measurement, and modeling, epidemiology, biostatistics, medicine, basic sciences, and health policy. The successful candidate will work with HEI, AIIMS, and other network partners on establishing and expanding the CAPHER network; these activities include managing the secretariat and helping to organize meetings, training, and workshops to support the objectives of the network. The successful candidate will also have an opportunity to work with HEI’s Global Health Oversight Committee and HEI staff to develop requests for research applications, to review applications, and to oversee and evaluate funded research projects.  HEI also offers opportunities to contribute to a broad range of HEI activities aimed at communicating the effects of air pollution on human health and advancing the goals of clean air in countries around with world. The successful candidate may also participate in the preparation of comprehensive and authoritative reviews of important areas in air pollution research.  They will also represent HEI at professional and other meetings, both in India and internationally, as needed. 

Qualifications for this position are:

  • M.S., Ph.D., or equivalent degree in a discipline relevant to air pollution, environmental health, and policy (e.g., environmental health, air pollution, or epidemiology); experience in project management preferred. 
  • Minimum of 2-5 years of experience beyond the final degree in related work experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • A self-starter, able to work independently or within collaborative teams, across multiple projects.
  • Excellent written and oral science communication skills; fluency in Hindi and English; other Indian languages are a plus.

HEI offers competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. Interested applicants should submit a letter (including salary expectations), curriculum vitae, and two or three samples of independent writing as soon as possible. Review of applications will begin December 10, 2020, and the successful candidate could begin work for HEI as soon as January 2021; however, the position will be open until a suitable candidate is found.

Please send your materials to HR@healtheffects.org and include “Consulting Scientist-India” in the subject line.

Please send your materials to:
Human Resources
Health Effects Institute
75 Federal Street, Suite 1400, Boston, MA 02110
HR@healtheffects.org


The Health Effects Institute (HEI), a leading independent, nonprofit research institute, has provided rigorous, impartial, and important science to the national and global public debate on the health effects of air pollution over nearly four decades. In recent years, HEI’s work has expanded beyond air pollution to include potential exposures and health effects associated with oil and natural gas development in the United States. Supported jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and industry (the motor vehicle industry and the oil and gas industry), and by other domestic and international partners, HEI provides science to inform key national and international regulatory decisions and other actions that are directly relevant to improving air quality and health. HEI’s approach is centered on funding high-quality, independent scientific studies that are strategically selected and carefully designed to inform upcoming decisions about air quality policy. HEI funds research at leading institutions throughout the world through competitive selection processes, oversees this research attentively, and publishes its findings broadly, enabling policymakers to apply it in their actions to protect the public health. Periodically, HEI also reviews various bodies of literature to reach overarching conclusions about the state of the science. Information on HEI is available at www.healtheffects.org.


Health Effects Institute is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff.