Overview

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) seeks an experienced Senior Infectious Disease Epidemiologist. This position will perform complex data analysis and make policy recommendations to the State Epidemiologist and Bureau Leadership. This position will conduct periodic reviews of disease surveillance, exposure assessment, and response systems and make recommendations to senior staff on needed improvements. This position will coordinate with the State Epidemiologist to respond to requests for educational presentations for public and professional audiences and will work with data visualization team leads in the Division of Surveillance, Analytics and Informatics (DSAI), health educators and epidemiologists to enhance data products made available on BIDLS web pages and through other distribution mechanisms.

Please Note: This position may have working hours outside of the standard schedule due to business and operational needs of the department and may be required to respond to infectious disease emergencies on a 24 hours/day, 7 days/week basis.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Conduct data analyses and complex statistical analyses and assess the validity of epidemiologic data and published studies’ strengths and limitations to respond to data requests from DPH and BIDLS leadership including the Office of the Medical Director to inform policy decisions.
  • Collect and respond to data requests from other Bureaus and Offices of DPH and identify opportunities to develop and support intra-departmental collaboration.
  • Provide strategic direction to teams of epidemiologists and research staff in designing and implementing investigations of diseases and health problems.
  • Where and when appropriate, review written and oral presentations to ensure that necessary information is properly communicated to professional audiences, policy makers, and the general public. Support BIDLS staff in development, writing, review and submission of manuscripts on non-research surveillance activities and outbreak response. Coordinate activities with other BIDLS leadership per Bureau protocols.
  • Coordinate with State Epidemiologist to respond to requests for educational presentations for public and professional audiences.
  • Conduct periodic reviews of disease surveillance, exposure assessment, and response systems and make recommendations to senior staff on needed improvements.
  • Through participation in the DPH Data Standards workgroup, support implementation of finalized DPH data standards in BIDLS with the specific goal of improving BIDLS’ ability to use surveillance data to describe health inequities.
  • Work with data visualization team leads in the Division of Surveillance, Analytics and Informatics (DSAI), health educators and epidemiologists to enhance data products made available on BIDLS web pages and through other distribution mechanisms.
  • Review, revise, and make recommendations for federal grant development, and participate in writing grants and in the development of project budgets. Support appropriate reporting to CDC per Cooperative Agreement guidelines and national standards.
  • Apply principles of informatics, including data collection, processing, and analysis, in support of epidemiologic practice. Prepare statistical, technical and educational reports for private and public sectors.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to conduct analyses for policy and program monitoring, development, evaluation, research, and surveillance.
  • Knowledge of epidemiologic and biostatistic research methods and techniques and the methods of statistical report writing.
  • Capacity to implement the principles of informatics in support of epidemiologic practice.
  • Potential to oversee and implement surveillance activities, including monitoring and evaluation.
  • Able to recommend operational and financial plans for epidemiologic activities.
  • Means to lead epidemiologic studies, public health programs, and community public health planning at the state and local level.
    Knowledge of specific social, cultural, economic, and linguistic factors in the population and affected communities.
  • Skilled to manage databases, construct data files, conduct and support data entry, and perform data edits/cleaning as needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience performing data cleaning, manipulation and analysis with SAS and/or R.
  • Experience and comfort with creating presentations and public speaking.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of BIDLS’s electronic surveillance systems, reporting mechanisms and data standards and familiarity with databases and surveillance systems in other Bureaus and Offices in DPH.

About the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS):

The DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS), predominantly located in Jamaica Plain, provides public health response to infectious disease. These services include programmatic and epidemiologic response, as well as laboratory testing through the State Public Health Laboratory (SPHL).

Infectious disease response services address concerns of the general public as well as those disproportionately affected by infectious disease through a variety of risk factors. BIDLS administers ongoing disease reporting for over 90 reportable diseases in the state. Disease reporting review and follow-up with clinical providers and local boards of health is a central function of the bureau. Surveillance activity is complemented by an extensive contracted service system. These services are funded through state and federal resources and include prevention education, community outreach screening for infectious disease, immunization services, health service navigation, medical case management, insurance enrollment, housing assistance, and referral and linkage to infectious disease treatment.

The SPHL provides scientific expertise and capacity to identify infectious agents, chemical agents, and other toxins that cause human disease.  The SPHL is an active partner in joint activities with other bureaus/agencies such as environmental health, food and drug, agriculture, disease prevention and health promotion programs, and public safety.  The SPHL is a reference laboratory of the national Laboratory Response Network (LRN) and is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Select Agent laboratory. SPHL staff work closely with laboratory and disease prevention programs at the CDC, and partners with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

About the Department of Public Health:

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.

We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

More information can be found at: MA Department of Public Health

 Pre-Hire Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori.

Education, licensure, and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the   Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2.

Qualifications

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Applicants must have at least (A) six (6) years of professional experience in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, or statistics or specific discipline related to the particular epidemiologic role (e.g., research statistics, research methods, population health, environmental health, toxicology, ecology, international health, etc.) and (B) of which at least four (4) years must have been in a supervisory or leadership capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Substitutions:
I. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, statistics or other health-related field may be substituted for a maximum of two (2) years of the required (A) experience.
II. Master’s degree or higher in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, statistics, or health-related field may be substituted for a maximum of three (3) years of the required (A) experience and one (1) year of the required (B) experience.*
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
NOTE: Educational substitution at this level will only be permitted for a maximum of one (1) year of the required (B) experience.

Comprehensive Benefits

When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.  Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements.  We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

Official Title: Epidemiologist III
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street
Job: Science
Agency: Department of Public Health
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Jan 11, 2023, 12:52:12 PM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 83,659.16 – 123,465.94 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Sandra Semedo Sandra.C.Semedo@mass.gov – 6173524250
Bargaining Unit: 09-MOSES – Engineers/Scientists
Confidential: No
Hybrid Work Eligible: Yes

About Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (DPH)

The DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS), predominantly located in Jamaica Plain, provides public health response to infectious disease. These services include programmatic and epidemiologic response, as well as laboratory testing through the State Public Health Laboratory (SPHL).