Epidemiologist IV

Recruitment #120320-MDAB04-350500

Introduction

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Summary Statement

This position serves in the Epidemiology, Health Data, and Informatics Section and is responsible for providing expert-level complex epidemiologic, scientific, and technical guidance on COVID-19 epidemiologic planning and operational response. This position will serve as the Epidemiology Team Lead during the COVID-19 pandemic response in Delaware as well as provide senior level epidemiologic capacity and expertise on cross-cutting public health priorities. This position will supervise staff.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here. 

  • Conducts epidemiologic investigations, descriptive studies or analytic studies. 
  • Identifies public health problems pertinent to the population and determines feasibility and approach for the study.
     
  • Collects, analyzes and interprets data using statistical techniques to identify outbreaks, determine changes in trends and probable causes of epidemiologic problems; uses existing epidemiologic databases to analyze and interpret public health issues.
     
  • Maintains surveillance systems used to monitor disease trends.
     
  • Makes recommendations for continuation or changes to operations, programs, services, policies or procedures based on findings to promote and protect public health.
     
  • May participate on internal and external committees and workgroups related to areas of expertise.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Epidemiologist IV
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
  1. Possession of a Masters degree or higher in Life, Physical, Health Science or related field.
  2. Possession of scientific prominence or recognition with publication in a scientific or trade journal.
  3. Three years experience in designing and implementing epidemiologic research methods for communicable, chronic or environmental diseases or other public health problems.
  4. Three years experience in designing, conducting, and analyzing epidemiologic studies such as developing and testing a hypothesis by selecting cases and controls, determining information needed, data sources, sampling and collection methods.
  5. Three years experience in designing and using surveillance systems to monitor public health problems.
  6. Six months experience in inferential statistics such as correlation, t-tests, f-tests or analysis of variance.
  7. Three years experience in providing epidemiologic direction, guidance and assistance to state and federal agencies or public and private organizations to control public health problems affecting a population.
  8. Six months experience in managing budgets, grants or contracts.

Additional Posting Information

This posting may be closed on or before 06/02/2021 upon filling the vacant position(s).

Benefits

To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package please visit our website at https://dhr.delaware.gov/benefits/

Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at statejobs.delaware.gov.

Accommodations

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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