Category Archives: Alumni

MCH Epidemiologist Supervisor, Montana DPHHS

Category : Alumni

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has an opening for an MCH Epidemiologist Supervisor in the Family and Community Health Bureau. This position will oversee the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Unit within the Epidemiology and Data Support Section. The MCH Epidemiologist Supervisor will be responsible for serving as the Project Director and Lead Epidemiologist for the Montana Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) as well as supervising the data system and epidemiology staff supporting the Montana Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant (MCHBG). The MCH Epidemiology Supervisor will be responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of MCHBG program needs assessments and evaluations, continuous quality improvement activities, and the design of data collections to monitor MCHBG program performance measures. As the lead PRAMS Epidemiologist, the MCH Epidemiologist Supervisor will be responsible for authoring PRAMS surveillance reports and serving as the subject matter expert on the PRAMS dataset for all internal and external partners using PRAMS.

The position is in beautiful Helena, Montana. World-class hiking, biking, skiing, fly fishing and much more are found out your back door! The position is open until filled; however, interested applicants are encouraged to submit their application package as soon as possible. 

In order to be considered for this position, you must apply through the State of Montana online recruitment system: 

Click here to view the application.  

 


PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program

Category : Alumni

Application due Wednesday, January 22nd by 12pm PST. 

Fellowship Description 

The PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program, implemented by the Public Health Institute, is a CDC-funded fellowship that supports promising emerging global public health professionals to develop technical skills needed to respond to today’s public health needs and challenges. The PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program builds on a long history of fellowship programs by the Centers for Disease Control and Public Health Institute for students, graduates, and emerging professionals to strengthen the global public health workforce and programs with an emphasis in the areas of epidemiology, HIV prevention, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), strategic information, program management, and surveillance.

Fellowships are yearlong placements within CDC offices working across six technical tracks. Fellows may have the opportunity to extend or apply to a new fellowship, but may not exceed three years maximum as a fellow. For a detailed description of what the fellowship placements entail, including overview, benefits and the application process, please view our FAQ.

Eligibility Requirements 

  • MPH or PhD in Public Health from a CEPH accredited school or program required. Not sure if your school or program is accredited? Find out here
  • Recent graduates must have received their MPH or PhD in Public Health prior to the beginning of the fellowship (no later than June 2020) or within the last five years (no earlier than September 2015).
  • U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident and authorized to work in the U.S.

Click here to access the application. 

Contact  info [at] phi-cdcfellows [dot] org if you have further questions.


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!


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.


CDC Stroke Surveillance Fellowship, ORISE

Category : Alumni

Reference Code 

CDC-DHDSP-2020-0055

Application Deadline 

2/12/2020 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

Description 

A research opportunity is currently available with the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP), within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch (ESB) has an opportunity for a participant to be involved with the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program (PCNASP) which supports statewide, data-driven quality improvement across the stroke care continuum for better patient outcomes.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant will gain experience in stroke surveillance and quality improvement efforts. The participant will have opportunities to interact with program grantees to learn about critical activities such as program strategies, interventions, evaluation, and improvements. The participant will have the opportunity to build skills in synthesizing data/information and conducting literature reviews and contributing to developing responses to scientific inquiries and requests for information about assigned projects. The participant will receive training and feedback in creating presentations for internal and external use at meetings or conferences. The participant will receive support in learning about data alignment and the mapping of data, conducting statistical data analyses and will contribute to the writing and revising of peer-reviewed manuscripts. The participant will have the opportunity to learn about and support future program efforts for stroke and will learn about developing and maintaining quality improvement in state environments, communication efforts on stroke signs and symptoms recognition, and program evaluation efforts. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant may also have the opportunity to learn about and conduct other related activities that further the science base related to prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date

February 24, 2020

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

Qualifications

The qualified candidate should have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills

  • Strong data management
  • Experience using statistical software (e.g., SAS, R, or SPSS)
  • Experience conducting literature reviews

Eligibility Requirements

  • Degree: Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Discipline(s):
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences 

How to Apply

A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • One educational or professional recommendation. Your application will be considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed until one recommendation is submitted.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to ORISE [dot] CDC [dot] NCCDPHP [at] orau [dot] org.  Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

To apply, click here


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.


Applied Epidemiology Fellowship, CSTE

Category : Alumni

Eligibility

Fellowship applicants are required to meet all of the following criteria:
Hold a recent MPH, MSPH, MS in epidemiology, or an equivalent degree or advanced degree in a health-related field (i.e., PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics, or other public health field; an MD degree; or a DVM degree)
Recent Graduate: qualifying degree received within the last five (5) years OR
Current Student: completing their final year of their academic program and graduating within the current academic school year (i.e. The 2016-2017 application cycle is open to December 2016 through August 2017 graduates).
Individuals with online and non-US degrees are only eligible if qualifying degree and/or coursework is completed at an institution accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). Please visit the CEPH website for more information about accredited programs.
At least four graduate-level epidemiology courses (completed and/or in progress) and one graduate-level biostatistics course
Demonstrated analytical skills
Desire to pursue a long-term career at the state or local level
United States citizenship
Individuals with online and non-US degrees are only eligible if qualifying degree and/or coursework is completed at an institution accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). Please visit the CEPH website for more information about accredited programs.

Application Components

The application includes the following components:
Identifying information
Education
Professional experience
Program areas of interest
Geographical preferences or needs
Resume or CV
Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions
Three letters of recommendation
Personal statement
Proof of U.S. citizenship (copy of birth certificate or US passport)

Applicant Selection

All applications that meet the minimum requirements will be formally evaluated by a review committee. The review committee includes representatives from CDC staff, ASPPH affiliates, and persons with past or current experience working as an epidemiologist in a state or local health department. Evaluation criteria for applications include:
Academic achievement
Work/research experience
Writing skills
Career goals
Letters of recommendation
After this review process, top applicants will be selected for in-person interviews. Applicants selected to move forward after interviews will participate in a matching process with host sites which determines final placement.

Available Positions

Applicants apply through CSTE to become selected to participate in the fellowship program and not directly to the host site. Applicants that are selected to move forward to the last stage of fellow selection will complete a host site matching process.

Each year, CSTE receives new applications from host sites. Available positions for the upcoming cohort will be posted between November and December on the Host Site Billets page. Each billet includes information about the host site as well a summary of potential projects and activities the fellow will be involved with during the two-year program. Each host agency must also identify a particular program area in which the fellow will work.

Program areas include:

Birth Defects and NAS
Chronic Disease
Environmental Health
General Infectious Disease
Infectious Disease – Food Safety
Infectious Disease – HAI
Infectious Disease – Quarantine
Injury
Injury – Drug Overdose
Maternal and Child health
Occupational Health
Oral Health
Substance Use/Mental Health


Research Analytic Support

Category : Alumni

The Health Economics Data Analyst Pool (HEDAP) is a Penn service center supported and managed by LDI to provide LDI-affiliated investigators access to high-quality, skilled data analysts. HEDAP recruits, trains, and manages a group of masters-level and PhD-level statistical analysts. These analysts work with multi-disciplinary investigators across funded projects using statistical software packages such as SAS, Stata, and R to manipulate and analyze health care data under the guidance of the investigators and other collaborators.

HEDAP administrative staff recruits new analysts and manages their effort across various projects. HEDAP administration also facilitates health services research by supporting the professional development of the analysts working on secondary data projects for LDI-affiliated investigators. To help manage HEDAP, users are charged a 12% overhead fee. Peter Groeneveld, MD, MS, runs the HEDAP program. For more information regarding HEDAP, please contact Jibby Kurichi.

If you are an analyst currently looking for a new, exciting place to work supporting health policy-related research projects conducted by investigators at LDI, please send your resume to Abby Kearns. We are looking for analysts who have programming skills using SAS, Stata, or R to create analytical data sets from clinical trials, surveys, and health care claims, to construct and standardize outcome measures and other analytical variables through data cleaning and data manipulation, to provide descriptive and analytical reports, and to perform specialized statistical analyses.

Qualifications include the minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Math/Statistics, Healthcare Management, Economics or Public Health and 3 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. 

To apply, click HERE.