Epidemiologist Research Associate

Montgomery County Pennsylvania - Norristown, PA2.8

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POSITION TITLE: Epidemiologist Research Associate
EXEMPT: No
DEPARTMENT: Office of Public Health
SALARY: $57,234
POSITION REPORTING: Director of Communicable Disease Control

SUMMARY: To provide epidemiological support to department activities, including disease outbreak investigations; manage and analyze population-based data to identify risk factors and health needs, analyze service-based data to provide program evaluations. On a rotational basis with other qualified Office of Public Health/Health and Human Services staff members, provides a 24/7/365 communicable disease epidemiology and public health consultative service.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
  • Routinely analyze births, deaths, and disease data, and provide epidemiological interpretation
  • Assist in investigation of communicable disease outbreaks including hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) conducting interviews, coordinating investigative activities, clinical specimen collection, analyzing data, recommending disease prevention, mitigation, and control measures, writing reports, and preparing information for public dissemination
  • Conduct disease cluster analysis by examining population-based data, preparing statistics, providing epidemiological interpretation of statistics, and writing reports
  • Lead design, planning, analysis, and reporting of information and health intelligence based on large population-based data sets
  • Plan, design and carry out epidemiological studies to identify risk factors and other epidemiological queries
  • Assist in the evaluation of interventions or programs’ effectiveness
  • Research public health issues and prepare health reports
  • Assist other staff members gain knowledge of basic epidemiology tools and techniques
  • Perform other duties as needed
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Master’s degree in public health with concentration in epidemiology and/or biostatistics, plus a minimum of 4 years work experience
  • Background in Public Health practice
  • Skills in data analysis based on large data sets, questionnaire and interview schedule design
  • Writing skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of interdisciplinary teams
  • Expertise with statistical software STATA, SPSS, Epi-Info, etc.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Experience with geo-spatial analysis such as GIS and business intelligence software
  • Experience in/with peer-reviewed publications
  • Familiarity with complex survey, and survival analyses
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands or arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and depth perception.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.