Consulting Research Fellow – Global Health Program

The Health Effects Institute (HEI) is seeking a person who has expertise in air quality, environmental health, epidemiology, or related fields to join our growing global health program. The successful candidate will work closely with HEI’s scientific staff and partners in an intellectually engaging and collaborative work environment. The position is full time and fully remote and will be based in India. 


About HEI 
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, HEI is a nonprofit corporation chartered in 1980 as an independent research organization. Supported jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the motor vehicle 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. For more than 40 years, HEI has been a source of high-quality, impartial, and peer-reviewed science on the health effects of air pollution. For further information about HEI, please visit

The global health program offers opportunities to help advance the goals of clean air in countries around the world — especially in low- and middle-income countries impacted by high levels of air pollution. The program focuses on regions including South Asia, East Africa, and Southeast Europe and has included capacity strengthening through air pollution health effects research and high-level training workshops for scientists and policymakers, among other activities (more). The program also produces State of Global Air (SoGA), a research and outreach initiative that provides reliable, meaningful information about air quality and its health impacts around the world. A collaboration of the Health Effects Institute and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s Global Burden of Disease project, the program gives citizens, journalists, policymakers, and scientists access to high-quality, objective information about air pollution exposure and its health impacts (more).


Position Description

  • Support implementation of HEI’s program in India.
  • Work with the team to build new partnerships with academic and research institutions, civil society groups, and government agencies in India, and across South Asia.
  • Prepare technical reports and summary documents including contributions to HEI’s State of Global Air report and website (, policy briefs, presentations, and articles.
  • Organize and manage technical workshops and events related to air quality.
  • Prepare summary materials, policy briefs, presentations, and articles on topics of interest related to air pollution and health in India.
  • Participate in meetings and events conducted by HEI and partner organizations.
  • Participate in advancing HEI’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals.
  • Additional relevant responsibilities, as assigned.



  • MSc, PhD, 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 3–5 years of experience beyond the final degree in related work.
  • Quantitative analytical and data visualization skills; experience with R or Python and GIS software preferred.
  • Experience with MS Office suite and citation management systems (e.g., EndNote, Zotero).
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work with people from diverse technical and geographic backgrounds.
  • A self-starter, able to work independently, within collaborative teams, and across multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and manage projects.
  • Ability to work with a global and remote team across time zones.
  • Work experience in India is strongly preferred, including an understanding of the science and policy landscape in relation to air pollution.
  • Strong writing and science communication skills; fluency in English and at least one regional language.


Compensation and Benefits

HEI is an equal opportunity employer that offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a stimulating environment. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.



Flexible within India. Applicants are expected to be based in India for the duration of this assignment and must be authorized to work in the country.



Fixed term, fulltime contract until December 2024 with opportunity for renewal.


How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their applications via email ( and include the following items:

  • Cover letter that briefly expresses interest in and qualifications for the position. Please include any need for assistance or accommodation due to a disability
  • Résumé
  • Two samples of independent writing

HEI will not consider incomplete applications. In case you have questions, please contact Mr. Quoc Pham at Final candidates will be asked to complete a writing assignment and to provide 3 references who will not be contacted without advance notice to you.

Please include “Consulting Research Fellow-Global Health Program” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on September 25, 2023, with interviews in October; however, the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Interviews will be conducted virtually.


The Health Effects Institute is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity within and across its work and staff. We maintain that staff from diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and culture help us to fulfill our mission and therefore encourage candidates from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, and protected veteran status or other status protected by law to apply for this position. We endeavor to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all at HEI, free from discrimination of all types.

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