Staff Epidemiologist

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? Although we do not have any opening at the present, we will be happy to speak with 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 others, future candidates 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 each candidate's experience and interests. 

Scientists at HEI 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;
  • Authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship (strongly preferred).

HEI offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a flexible, stimulating environment. inquiries should include a letter (including salary expectations), curriculum vitae, the names of three references with contact information, and two samples of independent writing.

Interested people should contact HEI for future openings or other opportunities (

[Updated 11/19/2018]

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

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

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