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Scientific Project Coordinator
City University of New York

Date Posted Oct. 27, 2022
Title Scientific Project Coordinator
University City University of New York
New York, NY, United States
Department School of Public Health & Health Policy
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology
    Health Administration & Policy

Job Title: Scientific Project Coordinator

PVN ID: PH-2209-005102

Category: Research

Location: CUNY School of Public Health & Health Policy

Salary range: $70,000.00 - $80,000.00

Mandatory Vaccine Mandate:

As of May 27, 2022, all candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law and criteria. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as two weeks after a final dose in primary series of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine (example: two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine such as Moderna or Pfizer, or two weeks after a single dose vaccine such as Johnson and Johnson). Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment. Newly hired employees will be sent an email with instructions on how to upload their vaccine information on the Research Foundation portal.


Job Description

General Description:

Established in 2016 and located in Central Harlem, the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service that creates a healthier New York City (NYC) and helps promote equitable, efficient, and evidence-based solutions to pressing health problems facing cities around the world. 

Reporting to the CUNY SPH PRI Chief Technical Officer (CTO), the Scientific Project Coordinator will be joining CUNY SPH at an exciting moment in the school’s history, as it partners with Columbia University in launching the first ever NYC Pandemic Response Institute (PRI).  The NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) selected Columbia University, with CUNY SPH as the key partner, to launch and operate the PRI to help assure that New York City is prepared to meet future health emergencies like COVID-19.  The initial focus of the Scientific Project Coordinator is to provide research support for the programmatic and technical needs of CUNY SPH’s PRI activities.



Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide research support to the Chief Technical Officer and to the CUNY SPH PRI Core and the CUNY SPH Cross-Cutting Teams, as directed by the CTO.
  • Oversee and conduct a range of research and policy-related projects that will address the systems that are involved in and affected by pandemics and other public health crises. These include a range of economic, social, environmental, behavioral, and biological systems. This will include managing these projects from idea conception to study design to study execution to interpreting and analyzing any results/output to writing reports/manuscripts and submitting them for publication. 
  • Oversight of the projects will include organizing, managing, and conducting a range of meetings, presentations, and other gatherings.
  • Help to set up and implement the administrative and organizational structure for these projects/work.
  • Make and give presentations on the project work.
  • Support the establishment and management of strategic collaborations with external stakeholders.
  • Prepare and write proposals to funding agencies.
  • Succinctly and accurately communicate with the CTO and CUNY SPH PRI Team.
  • Compile and organize data and information and prepare data reports, presentations, memos, and other documents.
  • In consultation with the CTO, establish and maintain database and tracking systems for meeting project milestones and goals.
  • Assist with all research and administrative activities as directed by the Chief Technical Officer.



Bachelor’s degree and three years’ related experience (or the equivalent) required. Master’s degree preferred.

The ideal candidate would have the following interests and skills:

  • Adept at writing for both scientific audiences and to the general public.
  • Interested in working across multiple disciplines.
  • Interested in systems approaches and how systems connect.
  • Enjoys working in a collaborative team environment.
  • Research experience, especially in a health-related field.
  • Impeccable attention to detail and follow through, ability to follow directions, highly organized, and able to juggle multiple priorities in a fast paced deadline-oriented environment. 
  • Friendly, positive, and adaptable attitude, with a high degree of professionalism, diplomacy, and the ability to exercise discretion.
  • Excellent judgement and situational awareness.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio.
  • Project management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully collaborate with diverse groups of executive, administrative, and technical staff and community partners.
  • Experience assembling and organizing information into succinct and well-formatted tables, charts, images, and narratives.
  • Excellent written, technical, and verbal communication skills.
  • Highly motivated self-starter.
  • Interest in the subject matter.
  • Work experience in government and/or higher education is a plus.


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