Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Epidemiologist 2 (Infectious/Chronic Diseases) (35 Hour)

Recruitment #210708-0287HC-001

Introduction



Are you ready to help Make an ImpaCT in our community? Do you want to join a dynamic and experienced team helping to fight the COVID-19 vaccine? If so, join our team at the State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH)!

We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Epidemiologist 2 (Infectious and Chronic Diseases). This positions will work within our Infectious Diseases Section, of our Immunization program. This position will be located centrally at our offices at 410 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. This is a full-time, first shift, thirty five (35) hour per week position with a typical work schedule of Monday through Friday. There is some opportunity for a partial telework schedule (up to 50% of scheduled hours).

This team has been responsible for providing vaccine analytics to inform policy and decision making for the state, as well as recruiting, training, and supporting COVID-19 vaccine providers, allocating vaccine, providing COVID-19 vaccine guidance, and managing all COVID-19 vaccination administration information. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and participate in future pandemic response activities. 

DISCOVER THE OPPORTUNITY TO: 
  • Join a dynamic and experience team that has been working for the State on COVID-19 vaccination activities during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Conduct analysis of COVID –19 and other vaccination coverage analyses that will inform vaccine policy and promotion activities in CT
  • Conduct surveillance for COVID-19 disease, termed “breakthrough” infections in vaccinated individuals
  • Conduct surveillance and outbreak investigations for vaccine preventable diseases
  • Participate in COVID-19 and other type of vaccine provider site visits 
The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by:

  • Assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy
  • Preventing disease, injury, and disability
  • Promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.
DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.

We participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan, as well as paid time off! We encourage a healthy work-life balance! The Department of Public Health also offers free parking with shuttle service, educational support, and continuous access to training.

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.

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Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meet the preferred requirements of the position. Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.

As a reminder:

  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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For more information, we encourage you to contact the recruiter for this position, Joseph K. Fried at Joseph.Fried@ct.gov, (860) 924-7053.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Public Health this class is accountable for performing the full range of tasks in investigating infectious, chronic and non-infectious diseases and implementing disease prevention methods.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Leads and participates in routine epidemiologic investigations to identify risk factors and implements and evaluates resulting intervention measures; collect and collates data including performing interviews; performs data analysis and summarizes relevant epidemiologic investigation data into tables, charts and written reports; provides technical information to the professional and lay public including local health departments; collaborates in the preparation and presentation of workshops; may respond to media inquiries; maintains an orderly surveillance system capable of detecting risk factors and changes in disease patterns; may administer biologics or collect specimens such as blood and urine samples, throat and rectal swabs under the supervision of a physician.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of infectious and/or chronic disease processes; considerable knowledge of relevant disease processes which affect humans and animals; considerable knowledge of epidemiological methods and techniques; knowledge of basic biological processes; oral and written communications skills; interpersonal skills; computer skills; ability to independently perform epidemiological investigations; ability to independently collect, analyze and interpret epidemiological data.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Six (6) years' experience in conducting epidemiological investigations in a responsible technical or professional capacity.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must have involved interviewing and performing trend analyses at or above the level of Epidemiologist 1.

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 Public Health, Community Medicine or a related health science may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. A Doctorate in a related discipline such as Public Health, Medicine or a natural or behavioral science may be substituted for the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Our ideal candidate will have experience:
  • Conducting infectious disease surveillance and working with public health surveillance systems. 
  • Conducting epidemiologic investigations including interviewing cases/contacts and following up on laboratory and physician reports.
  • Using computer software (such as RedCap, Excel, ArcGIS, R, SAS) for data entry, collection, manipulation, and for descriptive and analytic epidemiological analyses.
  • Communicating results of epidemiologic analyses orally and in writing including developing data visualizations (maps, graphs and tables).

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 substance.


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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.