City Research Scientist I, NYC DOH

City Research Scientist I, NYC DOH

Category : Alumni

With an annual budget of $1.6 billion and a 6,000-plus workforce across the five boroughs of New York City (NYC), the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) is one of the largest public health agencies in the world.  We serve approximately 8 million New Yorkers from diverse ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds and our workforce is as varied as the city we serve, bringing an extraordinary array of languages and dynamic experiences to bear upon the work of public health, as we strive to foster a diverse and inclusive work environment.  In the promotion of health education, disease prevention and control, our most important tool is the people that we serve.  We’re also one of our nation’s oldest public health agencies with a long and distinguished history of innovation and excellence and over 200 years of leadership in the field.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH)’s Bureau of Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (BHHS) oversees the City’s response to viral hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  Across a range of programs and through extensive collaboration with other parts of NYC DOHMH and external stakeholders, BHHS leads testing initiatives; prevention, care, and treatment programming; epidemiology and surveillance; research and evaluation; training and technical assistance; community engagement; social marketing; policy advocacy; and racial equity and social justice initiatives. 

The team at BHHS’s HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Program (CTP) is the Recipient of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part A grant and consists of four units:

1) Administration
2) Program Planning
3) Quality Management & Technical Assistance
4) Research and Evaluation

The HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Program seeks an Information Systems and Quality Analyst (Civil Service Title: City Research Scientist I) in the Research and Evaluation Unit to contribute to process and outcome evaluation and reporting for the Ryan White Part A (RWPA) program and assist on other projects as needed.  This opening offers a rare opportunity to join a stellar team of analysts and scientists in advancing health practices, policy and scientific advancement through the effective use and communication of scientific research data.


• Support the scientific research epidemiological data-driven quality management and standards of federal and state-compliant HIV/AIDS services provider reporting.

• Support local public health responses to emergencies such as COVID-19 and any other emergency health responses.

• Participate in core unit activities, including cleaning, managing, analyzing and displaying process and outcomes epidemiological data using analytic software packages (SAS).

• Contribute to scientific research data systems specifications, documentation, testing, epidemiological data collection tools, and/or user support/technical assistance.

• Help to integrate scientific research data from different systems as needed to ensure epidemiological data quality and completeness.

• Contribute to scientific research reports, presentations and papers related to evaluation of the RWPA program for public dissemination.

Minimum Qual Requirements

1.  For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.
To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:
1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
2. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least a master’s degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in “2” above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in “1” and “2” above.

Probationary Period
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.

Preferred Skills

• Strong analytical, organizational and communication skills.

• Professional working knowledge of SAS (programming and analysis), as well as Access, Excel and other MS Office software.

• An appreciation for scientific research epidemiological data quality and program quality management.

• Ability to work effectively with a diverse staff of scientist, IT specialists, scientists, planners, clinicians, program managers and service providers within the NYC DOHMH and at external agencies, as well as client/consumers who participate in community planning and research review processes.

• Capacity to maintain multiple projects and function effectively both independently and as part of a team.

Additional Information


Please note:  If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:
• A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver’s license. 

• Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title. 

• Current Resume  

• Proof of Address/NYC Residency dated within the last 60 days, such as: Recent Utility Bill (i.e. Telephone, Cable, Mobile Phone)

Additional documentation may be required to evaluate your qualification as outlined in this posting’s “Minimum Qualification Requirements” section. Examples of additional documentation may be, but not limited to: college transcript, experience verification or professional trade licenses.

If after your interview you are the selected candidate you will be contacted to schedule an on-boarding appointment.   By the time of this appointment you will be asked to produce the originals of the above documents along with your original Social Security card.


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DOHMH qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements. 

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:


To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter to  In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 484848.

We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.

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