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Epidemiologist III, Texas DSHS in Austin

Category : Alumni

Epidemiologist III (Posting number 441112) – Epidemiologist III performs highly advanced (senior-level) research and epidemiological work in the area of maternal and child health (MCH). Work includes taking a lead role in the State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI), which complements the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, for the MCH Epidemiology Unit. Requires building data systems and expanding the state MCH data capacity to support Title V program efforts and contribute to data driven program efforts throughout the state. Develops, plans, designs, and implements research activities, studies, evaluation, and assessment based on standard scientific methods or new innovative theoretical approaches. Projects will be focused on public health issues/conditions relevant to maternal and child health. Provides research consultation and technical assistance to MCH program areas on epidemiological methods, research/surveillance design and program evaluation/assessment of public health practices. Preparation of articles, papers, and reports for publication and in-house distribution; support program management and other DSHS activities including the use of standard graphic applications, in particular Tableau, and scientific GIS mapping. Participates in cross-functional training within the MCH Epidemiology Unit. Work is performed under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Participates as a member of the unit’s Technical Team and reports to the MCH Epidemiology Director. Click here to apply!


2020 Student Research Poster Session, Applied Public Health Statistics Section

Eligibility: Master’s, Doctoral, and first-year Post-Doctoral students are
invited to apply.


To Enter: Applicants must submit an online paper abstract to APHS by
February 19, 2020.

For more information: https://apha.confex.com/apha/2020/aphs.htm


Internship, Roche

We are looking for an intern to join an exciting, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team of scientists at Roche for an internship project in summer 2020. The focus of this project is to leverage advanced analytics/machine learning techniques to quantify and predict economic burden associated with cancer treatment, to inform Roche’s value-based healthcare initiative.

Job description:

o Responsible for co-planning and executing the proposed project, leveraging healthcare claims data

o Perform high quality, timely and accurate analyses using most relevant state-of- the-art methodologies

o Identify additional research hypotheses and product opportunities based on study findings

o Communicate and present analysis results, adhering to industry standards

Qualifications:

o Currently enrolled as a Master or PhD student with a background in epidemiology, economics, health service research, statistics/biostatistics or related disciplines (those graduating in 2020 will also be eligible)

o Hands-on research experience involving study design, statistical analysis and machine learning techniques in the context of healthcare. Experience in using claims data is a plus

o Working knowledge of the healthcare system and oncology care

o Proficiency with R or Python

o Excellent communication and presentation skills

o Able to work independently but also comfortable in a collaborative environment

Ideal start & end dates:

o The starting date of this internship is upon availability and it will ideally run for 6 months (length can be adjusted based on the candidate’s academic schedule).

Contact:

Baiyu Yang, Senior Quantitative Scientist, Roche Diagnostics

baiyu [dot] yang [at] roche [dot] com


Project Manager for Multi-Site Study (CSP #595), ERIC

Category : Alumni

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is recruiting a full-time Project Manager for the CSP #595: Service and Health Among Deployed Veterans (SHADE) Study. The Seattle ERIC is based at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and is an epidemiologic research center in the national Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) of the VA Office of Research and Development (ORD) (https://www.research.va.gov/programs/csp/).

Under the supervision of the Program Manager at the CSP #595 Coordinating Center, the Project Manager will oversee major aspects of the management of the CSP #595 Study as delegated by the Program Manager. Primary and shared responsibilities will be assigned based on the qualifications and skills of the Project Manager. The Project Manager will also serve as the manager of 2 CSP #595 sites and, in collaboration with the CSP #595 Local Site Investigator, will manage the execution of the CSP #595 Study protocol.

Responsibilities and duties include the following:

· Manage all aspects of the CSP #595 Study when the Project Manager is unavailable.

· Manage the daily operations of the CSP #595 Study including possible supervision of 1 or more Coordinating Center staff.

· Manage the daily operations of the 2 CSP #595 sites (Seattle and American Lake) in the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and assure success of the site to recruit and collect research data from study participants.

· Manage the development, maintenance, and operations of the CSP #595 Data and Biospecimens Repositories.

· Manage the regulatory compliance of the CSP #595 Study and the CSP #595 Data and Biospecimens Repositories.

· Manage the meta-data and documentation of data in the CSP #595 Study and the CSP #595 Data and Biospecimens Repositories.

· Liaise with the CSP Biospecimens Repository in Boston for the deposition and retrieval of specimens from the Repository.

· Liaise with VA and non-VA investigators interested in using the resource and serve as the primary contact for investigators when using the Repositories.

· Hire, train, and supervise CSP #595 site staff coordinating research and administrative activities, ensuring all projects are completed according to project/study timelines.

· Manage and coordinate site-specific activities as required in coordination with the Local Site Investigator and the Program Manager.

· Track study progress and ensure timely completion of communications with the coordinating center.

Qualifications:

· Bachelors degree in a scientific research-related field. Masters-level degree in a scientific research-related field preferred.

· At least 5 years of experience coordinating epidemiologic data collection. Experience with biorepositories preferred.

· Strong oral and written communication skills.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the GS-11 level. The General Schedule salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov.

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC [at] va [dot] gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by January 22, 2020 will be considered first. Only complete applications will be considered.

For more information about the Seattle ERIC, please see seattle.eric.research.va.gov.

For more information about CSP #595, please see https://www.vacsp.research.va.gov/CSPEC/Studies/INVESTD-R/CSP-595-SHADE.asp or https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02825654.


Epidemiologist III, Texas DSHS in Austin

Category : Alumni

Epidemiologist III (Posting number 441106) – Epidemiologist III performs highly advanced research and epidemiological work in the area of Maternal and Child Health (MCH). Work includes taking a major role in the Title V and Maternal Mortality and Morbidity review process for the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Unit (MCH Epi). Work involves designing and implementing complex surveillance/research studies following new or standardized scientific polices/protocols, coordinating studies, collecting, analyzing and evaluating data, and communicating results. Collaborates with MCH program areas to identify performance measures for internal quality monitoring and report writing and to ensure available program data meets these measures. Propose, design, and conduct epidemiologic studies using program data to identify the effectiveness and impact of program activities and evaluate the effectiveness of allocated resources. Assist MCH program areas to improve data systems and increase their understanding and utilization of program data. Identify opportunities to integrate the use of geographic information into program data collection and analysis. Support data quality and improvement efforts throughout the section. Identify opportunities for the use and distribution of program data to internal and external stakeholders. Develops and directs grant-funded projects, generates scientific publications, public health reports and presentations of completed work to agency/program management, and, when appropriate, presents at scientific conferences. Work is performed under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement. Reports to the Surveillance and Data Analytics Manager. Click here to apply


Program Manager, Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC)

Category : Alumni

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is recruiting a Program Manager to work with an experienced and growing group of researchers committed to high-quality epidemiologic investigations addressing Veteran health issues. The Center is 1 of 5 epidemiologic centers within the Cooperative Studies Program (CSP), within the VA Office of Research and Development.

The Center is recruiting a full-time position that will provide leadership in the management of large, national epidemiologic research studies within the ERIC as well as smaller-scale, investigator-initiated studies. The Program Manager will work closely with the Associate Center Director for Research Operations, to assure the success of several observational epidemiologic studies addressing environmental/occupational exposures, pharmacotherapy, and genetics/genomics.

Key Duties:

· Work with the Center Director and Associate Center Director for Research Operations, to provide managerial leadership to the Center.

· Work closely with the Project Managers to reach the research objectives of the study while adhering to national and VA research compliance standards.

· Serve as a Project Manager on new initiatives within the Center and the Cooperative Studies Program.

· Assist Project Managers with staff hiring, training, and supervision.

· Assist Lead Administrator with research administrative duties, including budget and contract management.

· Foster collaborations on best management practices across the Cooperative Studies Program sites.

· Work closely with the Quality Management Specialist to integrate quality improvement practices into research activities.

· Work closely with ERIC and CSP staff to ensure success of Center research projects.

Qualifications:

· Minimum of a bachelors-level degree in a scientific field and 5 years of managing large-scale research studies including oversight of instrumentation, data collection, and operations.

· Knowledge of national and VA research compliance standards.

· Record of leadership and team building.

· Proficient in standard Microsoft Office products including Access.

Candidates must be US citizens. Depending on the candidate’s experience, the target salary will be in the GS-11 to GS-12 range. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine position eligibility and targeted GS level, per the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table at opm.gov.

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC [at] va [dot] gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by January 10, 2020 will be considered first. Only complete applications will be considered.

For more information about the Seattle ERIC, please see seattle.eric.research.va.gov.


Project Manager, Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC)

Category : Alumni

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) Digital Team within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications for a full-time Project Manager.

The Seattle ERIC Digital Team is focused on two goals:

1. Reducing the complexity of research by consolidating and clearly presenting information about human subjects protection and VA research administration

2. Telling the story of Seattle ERIC research and Seattle ERIC-led VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) initiatives in a clear and compelling way on public facing VA websites

This position reports to the Digital Team Program Lead.

Key duties for this position include:

– Implementing and managing content strategy for multiple VA research sites including internal SharePoint sites and public facing websites, such as

o Documenting operations processes so there’s clarity around the structure, purpose, boundaries, accountability, and workflows for each site

o Quality control through page audits and recommending changes based on results

o Thinking strategically about how content is produced and managed to promote efficiency

– Designing content in a way that makes complex research language and research-related processes easier to understand, such as

o Synthesizing human subjects research policies and research guidance information from multiple sources or breaking down that information into more manageable pieces

o Partnering with subject matter experts in IRB, R&D, Privacy, Information Security, IT, and Data Management to create clear and accurate information o Implementing internal style guides and following VA content principles

o Researching, confirming, and sourcing content ideas (often drawing on professional relationships with subject matter experts)

o Participating in team content reviews and providing critique based on plain language

o Writing using plain language concepts

– Creating materials about research or operations activities for non-VA, non-research audiences, such as

o Doing independent background research including informal interviews and reviewing other source materials

o Writing using storytelling for business skills to promote a concept, set a vision, or educate readers

– Maintaining multiple VA websites and publishing all content within those sites (currently SharePoint Online and TeamSite), such as

o Creating, modifying, and customizing SharePoint pages, libraries, lists, or views

o Confidently problem solving in a web space bound by regulatory restrictions

o Documenting maintenance and publishing processes

– Approaching and understanding problems through human centered design principles and methods, such as

o Understanding basic human centered design or UX research methods and when to use them

o Carrying out, analyzing, and following through on user research

– Understanding the needs of and building ongoing relationships with site stakeholders, such as

o Understanding how to work with different stakeholder groups

o Communicating strategies, user research evidence, and suggestions effectively

o Maintaining awareness of stakeholder needs

– Ongoing relationship building across CSP, facility, and other research groups, such as

o Participating in calls or workgroups to learn about user needs and identify content opportunities

o Maintaining existing and establishing new connections with a variety of subject matter experts for collaboration and consultation

o Contributing to cross functional group efforts to improve research processes and efficiency

Qualities and skills of an ideal candidate

– Masters-level degree in a public health or scientific research-related field such as epidemiology and/or 4-6 years of experience with federally-funded human subjects research and ability to show an understanding of its complexity

– Demonstrated empathetic, clear, and thoughtful communicator

– Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage projects

– Experience building internal systems that support attention to detail and quality control

– Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills, especially SharePoint Online, Office365, and OneNote

– Confidence with web technology

– Understands the challenges of and skilled in problem solving technology issues within an environment that’s bound by regulatory restrictions

– Experience publishing material through a web platform or content management system

– Demonstrated curiosity and willingness to learn

About Seattle ERIC and VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) The Seattle ERIC is a research center within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System that works to improve the health and health care of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We are part of the VA Cooperative Studies Program, a national VA research group of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers.

For more about the Seattle ERIC: https://www.seattle.eric.research.va.gov/ For more about the VA Cooperative Studies Program: https://www.vacsp.research.va.gov/

Application information

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for GS-11, per the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table at opm.gov.

Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC [at] va [dot] gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by January 10, 2020 will be considered first. Only complete applications will be considered.


APE Portal Info Sessions, 1/14 & 1/15

Category : News/Events

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Intern, CSTE

Organization Description: For more than six decades, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together in partnership to improve the public’s health by supporting the efforts of epidemiologists working at the state and local level by promoting the effective use of epidemiologic data to guide public health practice and improve health. CSTE and its members represent two of the four basic components of public health – epidemiology and surveillance. CSTE, as a member-based organization, represents the interests of applied public health epidemiologists working in state, local, tribal, and territorial settings to improve the public’s health through effective epidemiology and surveillance. More information can be found at www.cste.org.

Position Description: Under the general supervision of the Deputy Director of Governance, Strategy & Support the intern will be responsible for supporting a variety of CSTE’s Epidemiology Program & Workforce activities.

With CSTE’s Workforce Development team the internship will support projects which may include the Epi Methods subcommittee, the Early Career Professional’s mentorship program, CSTE’s launch of a mid-level epidemiology leadership program and other trainings (in-person and virtual) which are intended to build epi capacity for CSTE’s membership and epidemiologists at state and local health departments.

Other areas of work may include infectious diseases, surveillance and informatics, and/or non-infectious diseases and developing, distributing, and analyzing data from assessments of CSTE members on various topics, including epidemiology capacity assessment modules, disease-specific surveillance capacity assessments, and electronic disease surveillance systems

Other activities may include participating in conference calls, taking notes, attending meetings, communicating with CSTE members and staff, literature reviews, data analysis, report writing, administrative tasks, and other duties as assigned.

PLEASE NOTE: Internship projects are not thesis eligible.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Specific duties may include:

Supporting CSTE training activities (virtual and in-person)
Assist with developing, distributing, and analyzing data from assessments of CSTE members on various topics, including epidemiology capacity assessment modules, disease-specific surveillance capacity assessments, and electronic disease surveillance systems
Supporting the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship program, including assisting with recruiting and fellow and host site application process
Participating in and scheduling conference calls, taking notes, attending meetings
Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications and Employment Requirements:

Current graduate student in public health or a related field
Knowledgeable with Excel and Outlook
Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills
Must have strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Must be able to work in Atlanta, GA.
Education/Experience: Current graduate student in public health or a related field

Closing Date: 1/17/2020

Expected Start Date: February 2020

Contact E-Mail: hr [at] cste [dot] org (NO Phone Calls Please – phone messages will not be returned)

Web Address: www.cste.org

How to Apply: Submit CV/resume AND cover letter to https://cste.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=57. The cover letter must address interest in the activities described above and should highlight any relevant skills, coursework and expertise you have. All additional communication should be sent to hr [at] cste [dot] org. Please include {Job Title} in the subject line. Communication sent to other email addresses may not be reviewed.

Click HERE to apply.


2020 Experiential Internship (Graduate) – Health Economics & Outcomes Research

The AbbVie Experiential Internship Program

As an AbbVie Experiential Intern, you’ll participate in a paid, ten to twelve-week summer program that is focused on providing students with robust projects throughout the summer. As an intern, you will be located at our corporate headquarters in north suburban Chicago, with housing and shuttle services for eligible students. Throughout the summer, there are planned development and networking activities for the interns.

The purpose of the internship is to provide meaningful, professional hands-on experience to students with proven academic performance and leadership potential. AbbVie hires students into this internship program based on business need. Ideal candidates will combine technical and business knowledge with analytical strength and creative problem-solving abilities.

Department Overview – Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR)

AbbVie’s Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) division generates innovative, high-impact evidence to help define the unmet need and value of innovative therapies to relevant stakeholders. HEOR strives to:


Inform strategic decisions and help ensure that patients can access and benefit from appropriate therapies

Develop and guide pricing & reimbursement strategies based on evaluation of public health policy & reimbursement environment and scientific collection & analysis of clinical, economic and patient-reported outcomes data

Leverage innovative research approaches and partnerships to maximize the use of real-world evidence (RWE) and patient-centric outcomes research for informing internal and external decisions that positively impact patient lives.

Assignment Details

Intern assignments may include, but are not limited to, literature reviews, patient-reported outcomes studies, retrospective claims database analyses, prospective observational studies, and economic model development. Intern may work in one or more disease states within the areas of Immunology, Oncology, Neuroscience, Virology, Endocrinology and Women’s Health to support efforts for on-market or pipeline assets. Tasks may include conceptualizing research plans, protocol development, managing vendors, and writing/ presenting results. Interns may develop analysis plans and conduct analyses of internal databases and/or clinical trial data. Interns may assist in creation of scientific materials like slide decks, white papers, abstracts or manuscripts for disseminating research findings to internal/external audience. Intern will be responsible for attending team meetings, department meetings, and cross-functional team meetings to gain a better understanding of the role of HEOR within the biopharmaceutical industries and at AbbVie.

Basic:
Must be currently enrolled in a graduate level program (Master’s or PhD) at an accredited university, preferably in the fields of pharmacy, medicine, health services research, health economics, health policy, epidemiology, statistics, data analytics, economics and psychology and related disciplines in life sciences

Strong academic performance, minimum cumulative GPA = 3.0/4.0

Completed at least one year of graduate level studies prior to internship experience

Must be enrolled in an accredited program for at least one additional semester following your internship

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship (students on an F1 visa with CPT can be accommodated).

Preferred:

Doctoral Candidate with prior research experience in healthcare

Relevant advanced course work in areas such as pharmaceutical economics, health policy, epidemiology, psychometrics, research methods or statistics.

Exceptionally demonstrated interpersonal skills

Proven leadership skills

Demonstrated oral and written communication skills

Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Adept in data analysis using statistical package (e.g. SAS) and advanced analytical approaches

Prior experience in conducting literature reviews

To apply, click HERE.