Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Epidemiologist 1 (Infectious/Chronic Diseases) (35 Hour)

Recruitment #181130-0285HC-001

Introduction

The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health is recruiting for an Epidemiologist 1 (Infct/Chrc Dis) in the Public Health Initiatives, Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program.  This Epidemiologist 1 will support the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), a federally funded program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Specifically, the position will support statewide foodborne/enteric disease surveillance, assist with outbreak detection and investigations, and conduct a FoodNet project aimed at better understanding and controlling antimicrobial resistant foodborne infections.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Deb Lyons  at Deborah.Lyons@ct.gov or (860) 509-7180.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Public Health this class is accountable for assisting is the compilation and interpretation of epidemiologic/scientific data and statistics including field investigations and literature review.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Assists program staff in epidemiologic investigations of acute and chronic diseases; assists in interviewing of individuals relative to disease outbreaks; under supervison of an Epidemiologist of higher grade, maintains a surveillance system capable of detecting risk factors and changes in disease patterns; makes appropriate contacts with public health and other agencies, health professionals, hospitals, etc. to facilitate disease follow up and surveillance; answers general informational questions from the public and medical community; regularly reviews scientific literature to maintain a current knowledge of pertinent disease processes; may administer biologics or collect specimens such as blood and urine samples, throat and rectal swabs under supervision of a physician; may compile statistics and do less complex calculations and interpretations; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of infectious/chronic disease epidemiology; knowledge of relevant disease processes which affect humans and animals; knowledge of epidemiological methods; knowledge of basic biological processes; interpersonal skills; oral and written communications skills; ability to research scientific literature and develop and gather data.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Five (5) years' experience in a responsible technical or professional capacity in epidemiological investigations.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.

2. A Master's degree in a related discipline including community medicine, public health or a related health science may be substituted for the General Experience.

3. A Doctorate in a related discipline such as medicine, public health or a natural or behavioral science may be substituted for the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

• Experience conducting infectious disease surveillance or comparable experience;

• Experience communicating with healthcare professionals, local health department officials, and/or the general public;

• Experience conducting epidemiological investigations involving interviews of cases or controls using standardized questionnaires

• Experience independently using computer software (such as ACCESS, Excel, EpiInfo, and SAS) for systematic data collection, data manipulation, and epidemiological analyses;

• Experience summarizing epidemiological data through the use of text and graphics to describe analyzed data.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class must be willing to be immunized for communicable diseases as necessary and appropriate.

2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substances.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Department of Public Health aims to provide equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and advancement, fostering an environment committed to supporting individuals in all protected classes.  If you require an aid/accommodation to participate fully and fairly, please contact the Human Resources Office at (860) 509-7177.



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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.