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Public Health Epidemiologist Manager, Louisiana Dept. of Health

Category : Alumni

Job Description

  • Function of Work: To design, plan, evaluate and oversee the conducting of epidemiological activities related to collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data about health events in order to assess and help assure the health and safety of Louisiana citizens.
  • Level of Work: Manager

 

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Manages complex surveillance systems throughout the state (i.e., reportable disease and health-related conditions, Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System, Immunization Registry, etc.).
  • Evaluates epidemiological data in order to develop policies and programs to prevent the spread of disease, injury, disability, etc.
  • Directs the implementation of control or prevention measures, evaluates program effectiveness, and initiates and/or approves measures to achieve improvements
  • Directs the planning and coordination of public meetings regarding epidemiological issues.
  • Presents epidemiological data to legislators, communities, and other agencies.
  • Attends and participates in public health related meetings of local government bodies, civic organizations, national organizations, and other groups to serve as an epidemiological advisor.
  • May serve on national or multi-state teams or task forces for epidemiology dealing with threats across state boundaries.
  • Plans and coordinates epidemiological services in health emergencies (e.g., chemical spills, industrial explosions, hurricanes, natural disasters, disease and injury outbreaks, etc.) as needed to insure and maintain community public health or when requested to do so by the Governor.
  • May represent the Department of Health and Hospitals or the Office of Public Health in epidemiological events related to statewide emergency response and preparedness.
  • Oversees the preparation of grant proposals and monitors their execution and progress.
  • Prepares the budget and monitors expenditures for the program.

 

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • A master’s degree in epidemiology plus four years of professional level experience in epidemiology.

Substitutions

  • A master’s degree in public health, which included twelve hours in epidemiology, biostatistics, tropical medicine, maternal and child health, occupational health, international health, community health, or any combination, will substitute for the master’s degree in epidemiology only
  • A master’s degree in nursing, a social science, a biological science, or a behavioral science, which included twelve semester hours in epidemiology and/or biostatistics or a combination, will substitute for the master’s degree in epidemiology only
  • A doctorate degree in veterinary medicine, which included twelve semester hours in epidemiology and/or biostatistics or a combination, will substitute for the master’s degree in epidemiology only
  • A doctorate degree in epidemiology will substitute for two years of the required experience.

 

How to Apply

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Epidemiologist, CDC

Category : Alumni

Opportunity Summary

This Direct Hire recruitment is to fill positions based on a critical hiring need resulting from the outbreak and spread of the “Coronavirus Disease 2019” (COVID-19), which has caused a public health emergency. As such, all applicants who meet the OPM Public Health Program Specialist Series requirements and the minimum specialized experience qualifications stated in this announcement will be referred to hiring managers for further consideration.

 

Responsibilities

  • Initiate, formulate, plan and execute analytic research projects and researches the quality of methodologies and measures pertinent to the assessment and summarization of the health status of Americans.
  • Prepare comprehensive reports of study results that include discussion of substantive health issues and research objectives; assessment of the adequacy and quality of data used in the analyses; and explanation of the methodologies, results, and relevance to health issues as they relate to the epidemiological problem under study.
  • Identify and analyze public health issues and their impact on public policies or scientific studies or surveys.
  • Using established, modified and newly developed scientific and technical methods and practices, identifies and evaluates a wide range of conventional and unconventional health conditions in a specialty area.
  • Plans and carries out quality control programs and selects statistical and epidemiologic methods for use in quality control analysis.

 

Qualifications

Basic Qualifications 

  • A Bachelor’s or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.
  • This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.

Minimum Qualifications GS-14

  • Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 in the Federal service as defined in the next paragraph.
  • Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position to include experience developing policy and objectives, appraising programs, or initiating requirements for epidemiological studies.

 

How to Apply 

  • Click here to read more about this position and apply online. 
  • To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section.
  • A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on September 8th, 2020

Health Sciences National Research Study Coordinator, Seattle ERIC

Category : Alumni

Position Description 

Are you interested in helping to improve the health and healthcare of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

The VA CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) is hiring a full-time National Research Study Coordinator. The National Research Study Coordinator will support a multi-site observational study titled, CSP #2028: Epidemiology, Immunology, and Clinical Characteristics of COVID-19 (EPIC3) within the Veterans Health Administration. This position is based in Seattle, WA.

The aim of the study is to gather longitudinal data on the epidemiology, virology, immunology, and clinical characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 infections and the COVID-19 disease to answer key research questions about their natural history and clinical outcomes, and to better anticipate and manage pandemics in the future for Veterans Health Administration users and the general population. The role of the Seattle ERIC is to provide overall research operations and coordination of the study for all study sites nationwide.

The National Research Study Coordinator will help advance the study’s scientific objectives and support dissemination of study findings in scientific manuscripts, under the direction of the Study Program Manager and Study Co-Chair.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Coordinate development of a scientific publication strategy with the study leadership team and investigators
  • Manage scientific manuscript production, co-author and institutional review, and journal submission and review
  • Assist study Co-chair with scheduling, agenda setting, and development of materials for national and local study meetings
  • Contribute to management and maintenance of the Operations Manual
  • Assist with designing and developing standard operating procedures, databases, and study materials; maintain and troubleshoot tracking infrastructures
  • Ensure compliance with study protocol, including informed consent, safety, and data security requirements
  • Monitor subject recruitment and data collection activities at sites, identify deficiencies, recommend solutions, and take corrective action when required
  • Oversee data management and quality assurance/quality control procedures

 

Qualifications 

  • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field required, Master’s level degree preferred
  • 1-4 years of work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research required
    • If BA/BS, 2-4 years of research-related experience required
    • If higher degree, 1-2 years of research-related experience preferred
  • Experience with scientific writing and publication
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to adapt to evolving and competing priorities and timelines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook) required; experience with Microsoft Access, Microsoft SharePoint and REDCap programs preferred

 

Application Information 

  • Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC [at] va [dot] gov.
  • Resumes must detail whether employment was full- or part-time and paid or unpaid.
  • Applications that include unofficial degree transcripts may be considered first.
  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by September 11th, 2020 will be considered first.
  • Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

COVID-19 Epidemiology Fellow, Emory COVID-19 Response Collaborative

Category : Alumni

Opportunity Description

The Rollins School of Public Health Covid-19 Epidemiology Fellows Program is designed for recent Master of Public Health (MPH) graduates in epidemiology or a related concentration who are interested in the epidemiologic response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects in Georgia.

Coordinated through the Emory Covid-19 Response Collaborative at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health and offered in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Public Health, this two-year service and training fellowship aims to bolster Georgia’s epidemiologic capacity.

 

Job Description

  • Each fellow will be assigned to serve as an epidemiologist within one of Georgia’s 18 health districts or to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
  • While fellows’ primary day-to-day responsibilities will be assigned by their site supervisors, fellows will be given additional support and training by fellowship program staff in topics such as managerial techniques, epidemiologic resources and career development.
  • Fellows can expect about 90% of their effort to be devoted to hands-on applied epidemiology as assigned by their site supervisors and about 10% effort devoted to engaging in activities provided by the fellowship program through continuing education training, management training, seminar/speaker series, and e-learning.
  • The long-term goal of the fellowship program is to cultivate talented epidemiologists well-equipped to address the current Covid-19 crisis and eager to apply their knowledge, creativity and passion to a career in epidemiology that extends beyond Covid-19.
  • While fellows will be employees of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health for the duration of their fellowship, fellows will spend their time working as a level 1 epidemiologist within one of Georgia’s 18 health districts or within the state health department located in Atlanta. 

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • A master’s degree in public health, a master’s of science degree in public health or health education, or a master’s in development practice from an accredited school.

 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Master’s of Public Health graduates of accredited schools or programs of public health in Georgia and the Southeast are encouraged to apply.
  • MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology
  • Closely supervised work experience demonstrating competence in conducting public health surveillance, analyzing surveillance data, reporting analytic results, and conducting outbreak investigations.

 

Additional Details 

  • Cover letter – strongly desired
  • In your cover letter please clearly indicate three of Georgia’s 18 health districts (https://dph.georgia.gov/public-health-districts) that you would be most interested in working with and why
  • Please upload the cover letter in the Supporting Documents section of the application
  • The job may require local travel within the assigned district

 

How to Apply 

Click here to read more about the position and apply online!


Health Sciences Research Project Manager, Seattle ERIC

Category : Alumni

Position Description 

Are you interested in helping to improve the health and healthcare of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

The VA CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) is hiring a full-time Project Manager. Under the direction of the Program Manager, the Project Manager will provide leadership for a multi-site observational study titled, CSP #2028: Epidemiology, Immunology, and Clinical Characteristics of COVID-19 (EPIC3) within the Veterans Health Administration. This position is based in Seattle, WA.

The aim of the study is to gather longitudinal data on the epidemiology, virology, immunology, and clinical characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 infections and the COVID-19 disease to answer key research questions about their natural history and clinical outcomes, and to better anticipate and manage pandemics in the future for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) users and the general population. The role of the Seattle ERIC is to provide overall research operations and coordination of the study for all study sites nationwide.

The Project Manager will provide operational support under the direction of the Study Program Manager.

 

Key Duties

  • Work closely with Study Co-Chairs and Investigators to advance scientific aims and study objectives
  • Serve as liaison between the study coordinating center and site Investigators, site personnel, central laboratory personnel, consultants, and contractors
  • Manage research operations activities for study sites, including tracking site personnel and managing site staff permissions to study folders and databases
  • Manage and maintain the Study Operations Manual
  • Manage regulatory processes, including completing R&D and IRB documentation and preparing for audits
  • Maintain the study SharePoint site, manage site permissions, and upload study documentation
  • Design and develop standard operating procedures, databases, and study materials; maintain and troubleshoot tracking infrastructures
  • Virtually train study site personnel on operational procedures and protocols including participant tracking measures
  • Monitor subject recruitment and data collection activities at sites, identify deficiencies, recommend solutions, and take corrective action when required
  • Oversee data management and quality assurance/quality control procedures
  • Ensure compliance with study protocol, including informed consent, safety, and data security requirements
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and data summaries, and organize national meetings
  • Supervise Study Research Coordinators and Research Assistants

 

Qualifications

  • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field required; Master’s level degree preferred
  • 4-6 years of work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research required; several years of experience managing high visibility research studies/initiatives preferred
    • If BA/BS, 5-6 years of research-related experience required
    • If higher degree, 4-5 years of research-related experience preferred
  • Experience with customer service, particularly by telephone
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage complex projects
  • Experience building internal tracking systems that support attention to detail and quality control
  • Ability to understand and clearly communicate complex regulations and procedures
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of people with a wide range of professional backgrounds and expertise
  • Ability to adapt to evolving and competing priorities and timelines
  • Adept in troubleshooting and problem-solving
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook) required; experience with Microsoft Access, Microsoft SharePoint and REDCap programs preferred

 

Application Information  

  • Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC [at] va [dot] gov.
  • Resumes must detail whether employment was full- or part-time and paid or unpaid.
  • Applications that include unofficial degree transcripts may be considered first.
  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by September 11th, 2020 will be considered first.
  • Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

Epidemiologist, Environmental Protection Agency

Category : Alumni

Position Summary 

We are recruiting for an environmental/occupational epidemiologist (GS-601- 11/12) to join our health assessment team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development. The successful candidate will work in the Chemical and Pollutant Assessment Division (CPAD) in the Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment. The epidemiologists in CPAD contribute to chemical health assessments that meet the needs of the regulatory programs and Regions in EPA. As such, they work with interdisciplinary teams of scientists to conduct systematic reviews of the literature, draw conclusions about potential hazards relevant to potential pollutant exposures, and contribute to the analyses of dose-response if appropriate data are available from epidemiological studies. In addition, the epidemiologists in CPAD participate in the identification and conduct of research to improve methods for systematic review and risk assessment.

 

Duties and Responsibilities 

At the entry level of this position, you will:

  • Contribute to the identification, interpretation, evaluation, analysis, and synthesis of scientific and other data for the development of human health and/or environmental assessments of environmental or occupational chemical exposures;
  • Communicate analyses, research results, and develop and maintain professional relationships essential to the position;
  • Provide technical expertise, assistance, and advice to support programmatic and research efforts;
  • Contribute to the identification, planning, and implementation of research to develop and/or improve scientific methods used in assessments.

 

Qualifications 

  • A bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in the following: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences related to the work of this position.
  • In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position, see the job posting on USAJobs for further information

 

How to Apply 

  • Open and closing dates: August 26th to September 10th
  • Possible locations: Washington, DC, Durham, NC and Cincinnati OH
  • Click here to read more about this opportunity and to apply online!

 


NHANES Biostatistician, Cornell University

Category : Alumni

Background

The Leak Research Group (PI: Tashara M. Leak, PhD, RD) in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University is currently seeking to contract a biostatistician for September-December 2020. The Leak Research Group investigates disparities in diet and obesity-related health outcomes among U.S. adolescents and designs community-based interventions to address these disparities. The biostatistician is expected to work (virtually) 5- 10 hours/week on the tasks described below. See the flyer below for additional information. 

 

Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Conduct appropriate statistical methods such as bivariate statistical tests with continuous and categorical variables and multivariable regression modeling.
  • Perform sample size and power calculations and lead the writing of sample design sections for research protocols, grants, and manuscripts in accordance to the research objectives of the Leak Research Group.
  • Assist with writing statistical methods and data analysis for manuscripts and other deliverables.
  • Meet with members of the Leak Research Group who require advice on statistical methods for their manuscripts and other research activities.
  • Create outputs such as graphs and tables as needed for publications, reports, and/or posters.
  • Manage data which includes, safely securing data collected, cleaning data for analyses, and creating subset datasets as needed.

 

Qualifications and Skills

  • Masters in Biostatistics or equivalent content area
  • Experience in a variety of research designs (i.e., randomized controlled trials, observational cohort studies, longitudinal data, etc.).
  • Mastery in statistical programs (STATA preferred).
  • Organization and time management skills.
  • Experience with large datasets including pulling data from online sites and repositories, data cleaning, and weighting survey data.
  • Experience analyzing National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data, especially the 24-hour dietary recall data.
  • Experience in data management to ensure data integrity and compliance with security policies.

 

How to Apply 

Please submit a cover letter and your resume/CV to Dr. Leak at tml226 [at] cornell [dot] edu. Write ‘Biostatistician application’ in the email subject line.

 

 

Laboratory Data Analysis Fellowship, CDC

Category : Alumni

Position Description 

A fellowship opportunity is currently available in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will conduct research in the Division of TB Elimination Laboratory Branch. The projects associated with this position will focus on laboratory data analysis specifically related to laboratory diagnosis of tuberculosis and drug resistance. This individual will have the opportunity to use a variety of analytic methods during the fellowship and to handle large data sets from the National TB Surveillance System as well as data collected over a 10 year period as part of a national performance evaluation program for molecular and growth-based drug susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. No wet-laboratory research will be performed as part of this fellowship opportunity. The fellow will be expected to participate in Branch and Team meetings and maintain communication with the Laboratory Branch Chief. The fellow will also receive mentoring to prepare a peer-reviewed manuscript.

This participant will be engaged with Branch leadership and experienced laboratory consultants. Opportunities for networking with subject matter experts will be made available.

Required Qualifications 

  • The qualified candidate should have received a master’s degree in one of the relevant fields, such as Life Health and Medical Sciences or Mathematics and Statistics, or be currently pursuing the degree with completion by October 2020. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Proficient in use of different statistical analyses and data visualization using SAS
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

How to Apply 

  • To learn more about the position and apply online, click here
  • A complete application consists of:
    • An application
    • Transcripts 
    • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
    • One educational or professional recommendation.
  • If you have questions, send an email to ORISE [dot] CDC [dot] NCHHSTP [at] orau [dot] org. Please include the reference code (CDC-NCHHSTP-2020-0217) for this opportunity in your email.

Biostatistician, Georgia DPH

Category : Alumni

Position Description

The Georgia Department of Public Health, Epidemiology Section is recruiting a biostatistician for the Drug Surveillance Unit (DSU). The DSU biostatistician will support multiple data needs for the DSU epidemiology team. These will include:

  • Supporting development of an analytic platform and public facing data dashboard.
  • Analyzing large datasets and preparing statistical reports. Reports will be used to support DPH’s efforts to monitor drug overdoses and substance use, and to understand the impact of the opioid epidemic.
  • Preparing analysis plans to ensure the best statistical methods are developed and utilized.
  • Implementing and interpreting statistical methods including regression and data visualization to demonstrate effects of public health interventions.
  • Writing specifications for files, consistency checks, tables, and calculations used to collect and analyze data from a variety of sources.
  • Interpreting analyses and preparing data for reports, presentations, and data requests based on stakeholder needs.
  • Interfacing with non-technical users to assist with data interpretation and understanding of results.

Required skills

  • Proficient with statistical computer applications such as SAS and mapping tools such as ArcGIS or QGIS. SQL, R, Python, Tableau (or equivalent platforms) proficiency are preferred but are not required.

Qualifications

  • Doctorate or Master’s degree in Public Health with a focus in Biostatistics or Epidemiology or equivalent data analysis degree.

Salary

  • $35-$45/hr, commensurate with experience

How to Apply 

If you are interested in this position, contact Laura Edison at laura [dot] edison [at] dph [dot] ga [dot] gov to learn more about the position and apply. 


Overdose Data to Action Surveillance Epidemiologist, Maryland DPH

Category : Alumni

Description 

An Epidemiologist II is the full performance level of work assisting in the design, conduct and analysis of epidemiological studies and investigations for disease surveillance in a headquarters program of the Maryland Department of Health. The main purpose of this position is to conduct epidemiological studies by identifying causative agents related to substance use/opioid morbidity and mortality. This position assists in the design, collection, analysis, and dissemination of substance use/opioid morbidity and mortality data to provide the state with complete, accurate and timely substance use/opioid data to support Maryland’s opioid response. This position plays an important role in analyzing substance use/opioid data to determine changes in trends and proposing practices or policies based on these findings to inform the state’s goal of driving down opioid overdose.

As part of the Maryland Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program, which has an annual budget of $7,214,413, this position serves to enhance data-driven decisions of substance use/opioid prevention activities by providing data, analyzing data, and preparing data reports. This position engages closely with internal and external partners, including Maryland Department of Health (MDH) senior leadership, local health departments, and data stewards to ensure high-quality, comprehensive, and timely data analysis, dissemination, and usage to support statewide overdose prevention strategies.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Education:  A Master’s degree in the field of Public Health from an accredited college or university with a minimum of three graduate courses in Epidemiology and one graduate course in Biostatistics. A copy of your transcript must be attached to the application.
  • Experience:  Two years of experience in designing and conducting epidemiological studies and investigations for disease surveillance as an Epidemiologist after receipt of the Master’s degree.

How to Apply 

  • Click here to read more about the application process and to apply online! 
  • Application Deadline: September 9th, 2020