PRI is Hiring! Scientific Project Coordinator

Oct 25, 2022 | Announcement

To ensure that all New Yorkers are poised and empowered to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from future health crises, Columbia University (CU) is leading the launch and operation of the Pandemic Response Institute (PRI). This is conducted in partnership with City University of New York (CUNY), School of Public Health and Health Policy and a consortium of other NYC-based academic institutions, community organizations, and industry partners. The PRI is anchored in a lifecycle model of emergency preparedness and response that distinguishes six phases: preparation, prediction, prevention, detection, response, and calibration, and its priorities and activities will shift based on the phase (or phases) in which NYC finds itself.

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.

Annual Salary Range: $70,000.00 – $80,000.00

The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/American with Disabilities Act/E-Verify Employer