Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Data Scientist

Recruitment #220121-1947AR-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a Data Scientist to join our Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program within the Infectious Diseases Section. This Data Scientist position will be the subject matter expert for COVID-19 database and report development and overall analytics capabilities within the Infectious Disease Section. This Data Scientist position will be responsible for the development of data driven reports and analytics for COVID-19 across various databases and platforms including cases, contact investigation, tests, school, and vaccination data. Since the DPH continues to handle large amounts of data related to the COVID-19 pandemic, integration of these data, including analytics, data integration across multiple databases and platforms, and a transition to more modern data analytic tools is on-going. This work is increasing, complex, and requires the skills and time of staff dedicated to the development of these tools while at the same time, maintaining the current reporting structure as defined by DPH and Office of the Governor leadership.  Additionally, this Data Scientist position will, along with the Infectious Disease Section Informatics Analytics Unit, design, document, and develop a similar reporting structure for the entire Infectious Disease Section. 

Discover the opportunity to:

  • Manage and deploy updates and changes to various COVID-19 report production code currently being used (using DevOps, Git, R, and SQL)
  • Design, document, and maintain the COVID-19 reporting processes including daily/weekly COVID-19 reports for case, test, vaccine, and school reporting data
  • Manage the COVID-19 team’s work in Azure DevOps including assigning, overseeing, and reviewing team members’ work, R Studio code quality assurance, and recommendations for inclusion into the main R code repository
  • Coordinate with data analytic and epidemiology staff and serve as lead for other Infectious Disease Section staff on the use of the CT Public Health Analytics and Integration Platform CPHAIP including working with IT staff at DPH and BITS
  • Supervise contractors supporting the COVID-19 team reporting for DPH
  • Serve as liaison with epidemiology, informatics and information technology staff working on COVID-19 reporting
  • Design and develop data models to support Power BI leadership dashboards and public facing reports

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, and 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.

Are you interested in joining our team as a Data Scientist? We encourage you to apply today! This position is conveniently located in Hartford, CT. The work schedule for this position is typically Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week.

We offer a competitive benefits package, excellent health care, generous leave policies, retirement plan, and more!  We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees!

Selection Plan

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. 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.  

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. 

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meet the preferred requirements of the position. At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  

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Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 

All state employees shall follow Executive Order 13G (as amended by Executive Order 14C).

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Chelsea Moore at


In a state agency this class is accountable for directing and conducting the most complex and specialized research investigations/evaluations, statistical analysis and/or data driven studies/projects.


Applies statistical and research principles and techniques to a wide variety of issues and projects; develops research designs and statistically sound protocols and works with staff to carry out specific research studies; develops statistical and computerized models for analyzing data and interprets results to support business and client needs and facilitate informed recommendations and decisions; performs complex statistical analyses such as predictive modeling, forecasting, multiple regression, trend analysis, log linear analysis, factor analysis, and multi-variate analysis; uses parametric and non-parametric statistics; selects, designs, organizes and works out statistical techniques and research designs most suitable for the project/study at hand; evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of various statistical techniques and research designs, selecting those which achieve the most valid results; conducts in-depth literature searches and writes scientific papers; instructs staff in research and statistical techniques, methods, and use of statistical analysis software; oversees the production of research proposals, development and maintenance of databases, and interpretation, and writing of research and statistical reports for various intra and extra departmental audiences; may assist in the planning, design, selection, and evaluation of technologies related to data retrieval and analysis; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of methods of research design, statistical analysis and database management; considerable knowledge of management systems research and development related to social and economic trends; considerable knowledge of relevant State and Federal statutes, regulations and guidelines; knowledge of data processing computer programming for statistical analysis; knowledge of data retrieval and analysis methods; considerable written and oral communication skills; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to conduct longitudinal investigations/research, including interviewing and performing trend analyses and outcome effectiveness studies; ability to analyze and evaluate data using multiple regression, log linear analyses, factor analyses and multi-variate analyses; ability to use statistical packages and/or various data modeling platforms; ability to design and conduct studies and determine effective solutions; ability to write technical reports; some supervisory ability.


A Master’s degree in biostatistics, epidemiology, public health, psychology, statistics or a closely related area with significant coursework in research methodology and statistics and one (1) year of professional experience with significant involvement in research and statistical analysis.


  • Experience developing public health surveillance systems for COVID-19 including COVID-19 case, test and vaccine data                                                  
  • Experience in applied infectious disease epidemiology and reporting
  • Experience developing data analysis reports from large datasets (>10,000,000 events) across multiple databases
  • Experience using R and SQL for data analysis and data management including writing R scripts, troubleshooting error messages and using Rmarkdown 
  • Experience using Azure products including Azure DevOps
  • Experience leading a team including assigning, guiding and reviewing others’ work



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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