Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Data Scientist

Recruitment #220121-1947AR-002

Introduction

The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) seeks a data scientist or biostatistician to lead a variety of advanced analytic projects and to implement data science techniques into everyday operations. This position will work in the Health Statistics and Surveillance section of DPH and will report to the lead Epidemiologist for the Surveillance Analysis and Reporting (HSS-SAR) unit.  

This position will play a lead role in:

  • Designing, producing, and publishing analyses and surveillance reports on key public health indicators with a focus on health equity for use by the agency, local health directors, and other stakeholders (e.g., mortality rates, such as COVID-19 and leading causes of death; natality rates, such as fertility, low birthweight, and infant death)
  • Analytic projects that require advanced data management and statistical analyses (Life Expectancy estimates, small-area population estimates, quality assurance metrics, predictive analytics, HL7 FHIR-based interoperability between public health information systems)
  • Identifying where data science tools (visualization, PowerBI, data mining, machine learning) can be integrated into workflows and facilitate modernization of processes  

Applicants from outside the field of public health with applicable skills are encouraged to apply!  

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.  

Please Note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.

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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 Chelsea.Moore@ct.gov

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

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.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

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.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience using statistical programming (R, SAS, Systat, Python) to manipulate large datasets, perform statistical analysis, and produce tabulations and figures
  • Experience performing and interpreting point-in-time and long-term trend analyses with public health or health research data using advanced statistical approaches and software
  • Experience summarizing analytical and statistical assessments into written reports which resulted in peer-reviewed publication or dissemination to the public by an academic, government, or healthcare institution
  • Experience using data science techniques, tools, or software to improve an organization’s workflows or data insights, preferably in a public health, health research, or healthcare-related organization
  • Experience applying a detailed understanding of health equity and social determinants of health in study design and analytical assessments of health inequities

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.