Position Announcement: Staff Scientist

The Health Effects Institute (HEI) is seeking a person who has expertise in air pollution exposure assessment, environmental health, epidemiology, or related fields to join our science team. The successful candidate will work closely with HEI’s scientific staff, Director of Science, President, and Vice President in an intellectually engaging and collaborative work environment located in the heart of Boston’s downtown. 

About HEI

HEI is a nonprofit corporation chartered in 1980 as an independent research organization to provide high-quality, impartial, and relevant science on the health effects of air pollution in the United States, Europe, and around the world. Its research is frequently cited in major air quality decisions by national and regional governments and international agencies. HEI typically 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 or certain research programs. For further information about HEI, please visit www.healtheffects.org.

Position Description

The successful candidate will have opportunities to gain experience in and contribute to a broad range of HEI activities aimed at understanding and communicating the effects of air pollution and human health to inform national and international decisions on public policy interventions. The candidate will work with our expert committees to plan new research on key questions; develop requests for applications; manage the review and selection of studies for funding; oversee ongoing studies; and review reports of completed HEI studies and draft commentaries on them, among other functions. The candidate might also participate in the preparation of comprehensive and authoritative reviews of important areas in air pollution research and represent HEI at professional and other meetings, both national and international, as needed. The candidate will also be expected to participate in advancing HEI’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.


  • Ph.D. in a quantitative discipline relevant to air pollution, environmental health, and policy (e.g., atmospheric chemistry, biostatistics, environmental health, or epidemiology); training in public policy analysis is a plus.
  • Minimum of 1–2 years of experience beyond the final degree in related work.
  • Strong quantitative, analytical, and data-visualization skills; experience with R and Python preferable.
  • 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.
  • Excellent writing, public speaking, and science communication skills; fluent in English.
  • Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship strongly preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

HEI is an equal opportunity employer that offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a stimulating environment.

  • Excellent work-life balance.
  • Generous vacation, holiday, parental, and sick leave.
  • Contributions to a 403b retirement plan.
  • 80% of health and 100% of dental premiums are covered by the organization.
  • Fully paid life insurance.
  • Flexible spending accounts offered for health, child, and elder care expenses.
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits.

HEI values opportunities for in-person interaction among staff and with its scientific committees but provides flexibility for working remotely.

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.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their applications to HR@healtheffects.org and include the following items:

  • Cover letter that briefly expresses interest in and qualifications for the position. Please include salary expectations, citizenship or immigration status, and any need for assistance or an accommodation due to a disability.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Two samples of independent writing.

HEI will not consider incomplete applications. Final candidates will be asked to provide names of 3 references who will not be contacted without advance notice to you.

Please include “Staff Scientist 2022 Position” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on September 12, 2022, with interviews in late September; however, the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Interviews will be conducted virtually.


Human Resources
Health Effects Institute
75 Federal Street, Suite 1400
Boston, MA 02110