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The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a qualified and experienced individual for the position Epidemiologist 3 (Toxic Hazards). The individual in this position will work within the Environmental Health and Drinking Water Branch’s Environmental Health Section as part of a dynamic and dedicated team of Epidemiologists and Toxicologists who are working to address environmental health exposures and risks. The Epidemiologist 3 (Toxic Hazards) position will focus on indoor environmental quality issues and will be responsible for providing coordination, leadership, and program development for DPH’s Indoor Environments Unit.
In this role, discover the opportunity to:
- Provide coordination, leadership and program development for the Indoor Environments Unit within CT DPH’s Environmental Health Section.
- Develop and maintain partnerships within and outside of CT DPH to enhance efforts to improve indoor environmental quality in CT.
- Provide subject matter expertise and technical assistance to a wide variety of partners and stakeholders to help them better respond to indoor environmental quality issues such as mold and moisture, chemical odors and emissions from building products, safe cleaning and disinfection products, and ventilation.
- Participate on the DPH intra-agency Legionella Response Team as a subject matter expert on the environmental aspects of Legionella bacteria growth in premise plumbing.
- Location: 410 Capitol Avenue in Hartford
- Work Hours: Full Time | 35 hours per week
- Schedule: 8:30am - 4:00pm, Monday through Friday
There may be opportunities for an alternate work schedule and/or teleworking in accordance with State policies.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU
MORE ABOUT US
- To work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.
- We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year.
- We encourage a strong work/life balance for all state employees. We offer opportunities for professional and personal growth.
- We have limitless areas for you to perform relevant and significant work.
The Mission of 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.
FOR ASSISTANCE IN APPLYING:
This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination Immunization.
Please Note: In order to receive educational credits toward
qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited.
If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are
responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting
service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the
recruiter listed on this job posting.
- In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
- You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
- In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
- All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
- This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
- 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.
- This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
- Note: 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.
- The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
- Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
- Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at www.ct.gov/ethics.
Connect With Us:
- Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.
- Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Pamela Rochette via email at Pamela.Rochette@ct.gov.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Public Health Toxic Hazards Program of the Preventable Diseases Division, this class is accountable for performing the most complex tasks as a specialist investigating and assessing the health risks of toxic hazards in the environment and preparing quantitative and qualitative risk assessments.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
- Supervises and is responsible for routine epidemiologic investigations;
- Assumes lead responsibility for carrying out complex or non-routine investigations;
- Develops and implements strategies for containment and control measures among identified high risk groups;
- Writes outbreak investigation and other technical and analytical reports;
- Collaborates in writing standard protocols for disease investigation, intervention and control;
- Develops questionnaires and other research instruments;
- Analyzes surveillance and outbreak data for trends and risk factors;
- Designs and implements workshops and training sessions and conducts in-service training;
- Prepares news releases relative to disease problems;
- Uses other statewide data banks to complement disease surveillance data;
- Assists with preparation of budgets, grants and contracts;
- Participates in development of program goals and objectives;
- Represents department at functions for health promotion and disease prevention;
- Speaks before professional and lay groups;
- Participates in performance evaluations of assigned staff;
- Carries out related duties including those of Epidemiologist 1 and 2 levels as assigned;
- In addition to the foregoing, in the Toxic Hazards Section or its Radon Program, designs and implements complex epidemiological research studies related to toxic and carcinogenic substances;
- Assesses health risk of environmental exposures to toxic substances;
- Prepares scientific risk assessment documents to support regulations;
- May establish and maintain a working network with federal and state agencies, local health departments, hospitals and professional and lay groups to promote and facilitate disease surveillance, intervention and control;
- Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
- Considerable knowledge of
- occupational/environmental epidemiology and/or toxicology;
- relevant disease processes which affect humans and animals;
- epidemiological methods;
- interpersonal skills;
- oral and written communication skills;
- statistical skills including familiarity with mainframe and/or personal computer applications and interpretation of data;
- Considerable ability to
- perform complex epidemiological investigations;
- carry out all aspects of data collection, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological data independently;
- Supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Eight (8) years of experience conducting epidemiological investigations in a responsible technical or professional capacity.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have involved the full range of tasks in designing and conducting epidemiologic occupational/environmental investigations including interviewing and performing trend analyses at the level of an Epidemiologist 2.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
- 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.
- A Master's degree in bacteriology, biochemistry, biostatistics, environmental science, health physics, industrial hygiene, physiology, public health or toxicology may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
- A Doctorate in a related discipline such as medicine, public health or a behavioral or natural science may be substituted for one additional year of the General Experience.
- Experience applying knowledge of general industrial hygiene principles and practices to improve indoor environments.
- Experience interpreting technical reports and assessing indoor environmental quality data.
- Experience providing technical assistance on indoor environmental quality issues.
- Experience developing educational materials, giving presentations, to include conducting training on indoor environmental quality topics.
- Experience collaborating with stakeholders and building partnerships.
- Experience applying knowledge about premise plumbing pathogens, such as Legionella, and the chemical and physical parameters that impact pathogen occurrence.
- Experience using a database to track public health inquiries and responses.
- Incumbents in this class must be willing to be immunized for communicable diseases as necessary and appropriate.
- Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
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.
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.