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The Laboratory & Infectious Disease Services (LIDS) division seeks an Epidemiologist III for the Public Health Informatics & Data Exchange team with a strong epidemiologic methods background and to oversee a dynamic team of public health professionals. Epidemiologist provides advanced (senior-level) research and analysis work by planning, conducting, and reporting on projects for the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS). Experienced in program evaluation utilizing multiple methods of data collection and analyses. Experienced in working with large data sets, health-related data, and programming languages such as SAS.
Essential Job Functions:
35% Responsible for continuous assessment of NEDSS-Electronic lab report data quality validation, data quality assurance, data integrity, and coordinating and liaising with various disease programs who contribute data feeds to NEDSS. Reviews and validates all the statistical logics involved in data cleaning and management process to ensure consistency, integrity, and accuracy of data. Oversees the development, update, and maintenance of data dictionaries, data quality assurance documentation, and data management guidelines. Responsible for designing evaluation plans including development of evaluation designs, goals and objectives, project timelines, and instruments. Support visualization of data using various approaches to enable identification of inconsistent data patterns and data quality concerns and for public health results reporting. Oversees data documentations, protocols, analytic plans, reports, manuscripts and presentation of study findings applying epidemiologic methods and best practices in public health science.
25% Works in concert with staff from other areas of LIDS and DSHS and with staff from local and regional health departments. Assists in running statewide proficiency tests and provides feedback to NEDSS Epidemiology team, PHID team, management, and users. Assists in leading communications between the epidemiology teams within LIDS and epidemiology areas related to NEDSS. Contributes to the development of data standards, addressing privacy and data reliability concerns, as well as playing an active role in agency-wide data integration projects. Represents the PHID on committees, workgroups, and projects to meet research and data analysis needs. Represents the state at the national level on research and data analysis issues. Applies the principles and methods of epi to provide the epidemiologic component of grant proposals and progress reports.
20% Oversees and contributes to epidemiologic reports useful to NEDSS and DSHS staff, the public, public health, and medical communities. Assists, directs, conducts or participates in epidemiological studies and investigations of infectious diseases. Assembles appropriate epidemiological and laboratory resources to address disease outbreak investigations. Performs statistical analyses using advanced statistical software, interprets results, and writes articles, and reports. Analyzes data and proposes epidemiological studies based upon data gathered through surveillance projects and studies. Ensures appropriate communication and dissemination of findings and recommendations. Develops and implements new policies, protocols, and practices within NEDSS for quality assessment of the data accessed to ensure that scientific and standardized systems and processes are implemented uniformly across the Division
15% Serves as resource scientist/consultant and provides scientific/technical expertise to the PHID and other areas in DSHS, other agencies, and/or the general public in matters related to epidemiology and surveillance. Prepares written manuscripts for publication in peer review journals. Using power Point and other presentation tools, prepares and conducts oral presentations on infectious disease topics and outbreak response plans to various audiences. Assists in the preparation of summary reports for distribution to local and regional health departments.
5% Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of: Principles of infectious disease surveillance and infectious disease. Knowledge of medical/epidemiologic research design, methods, principles, and techniques; principles of epidemiology and related biostatistics; measurement, testing, and evaluation procedures; analysis of large datasets; developing statements of work; sampling and weighting data; the publication process from submission to publication; computer software packages application (SAS, STATA) to biostatistics, word processing (Word), spreadsheet (Excel), graphics (Adobe Professional & Illustrator, Power Point, Tableau), geographical information systems (ArcGIS) and database (Access). Comprehensive knowledge of grammar, syntax, spelling, punctuation, usage and style for scientific and technical writing and grant writing.
Skill in: the use of statistical measurement techniques, in research design and implementation, and in problem-solving methods and techniques; team leadership; oral communication skills to facilitate meeting agendas to achieve planned outcomes, and to convey planning alternatives or recommendations to a variety of audiences including DSHS staff, the public and decision makers; technical writing to clearly and succinctly communicate project / research information for correspondence with state and federal agencies.
Ability to: work independently; gather information from a variety of sources and synthesize and translate detailed information into simpler terms; express ideas clearly and concisely orally and in writing; develop and effectively deliver training and technical assistance about research / data methods, procedures or DSHS policies; plan, organize and conduct assigned phases of complex research projects; interpret complex statistical data, charts, and tables; develop and analyze measuring instruments with respect to reliability, relevance, and validity; to formulate reasonable hypothesis and structure research designs to account for variables; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships and work with others as part of a team; lead and mentor other staff.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Initial Selection Criteria:
MPH with two (2) years of experience in applied public health.
Knowledge or experience with electronic data exchange nomenclature (e.g., HL7, LOINC, SNOMED-CT).
Previous work with relational databases in manipulating, analyzing and visualizing data sets.
Experience using analytic software (SAS )and SQL language preferred.
This is a grant funded position for two years.
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