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Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the entire population as our work impacts past, present and future generations.

What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging virtual worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 12 paid holidays, vacation & sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending upon the position.

Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we’re seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Molecular Epidemiologist 2. Won’t you join us?

Job Responsibilities:

The rapid emergence and spread of SARS-CoV-2 has highlighted the threat of novel pathogens, and the value of genomic sequencing as a critical tool in understanding and guiding the response to this public health emergency. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) seeks to develop its capacity in microbial genomics and bioinformatics and further impact public health practice by integrating sequencing data with epidemiologic information, through its new Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) Program.

Under supervision of the AMD Coordinator, the Molecular Epidemiologist 2 will work with infectious disease epidemiologists, informaticians, information technologists, database developers, and laboratory staff to facilitate the development of the AMD Program at DPH. This position will have the opportunity to collaborate with academic partners to first enhance personal knowledge on AMD then assist in the creation and dissemination of training materials on AMD topics for DPH epidemiologists. Training materials will include the practical application of AMD data analyses in infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance in Georgia.

Demonstrated interest in infectious disease epidemiology and the application of AMD technologies to enhance disease investigation is preferred, though previous experience with AMD technologies is not required. Applicants should have demonstrated expertise in project and time management, written and oral communications, strategic program development, relationship building and networking, statistical analyses, meeting facilitation and convening, and assessment development and analysis.

  • Contribute to AMD capacity building activities in multiple infectious disease concentrations.
  • Work closely with AMD laboratorians, bioinformaticians, data scientists, and academic consultants to analyze genomic datasets, build reusable bioinformatics pipelines, and run routine analysis pipelines and workflows.
  • Work closely with database developers to build a data management system for AMD data
  • Provide technical, programmatic, and logistical support for funded projects and coordinate activities with grant project.
  • Act as a liaison between developers, bioinformaticians, laboratory, and subject matter experts to provide support and technical guidance.
  • Assist with implementing AMD trainings for public health epidemiologists. Staff should be able to contribute and present content in these trainings.
  • Stay informed on modern, state-of-the-art bioinformatics methodologies and recommendations from federal partners.
  • Receive, interpret, and respond to requests for data from DPH.
  • Maintain existing datasets and corresponding documentation.
  • Assist in developing recommendations for data-driven, evidence-based interventions, policies, and control measures in response to epidemiologic findings.
  • Prepare written reports and presentations that communicate necessary information to staff, the public, and partners.
  • Identify surveillance needs; assist with design, implementation, maintenance, and evaluation of public health surveillance systems.
  • Provide epidemiologic input into epidemiologic studies, public health programs, and community public health planning processes.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Public Health or a closely related field from an accredited college or university AND Two years of experience performing epidemiologic work or work in a closely related field;
Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited college or university AND Three years of experience performing epidemiologic work or work in a closely related field;
Two years at the lower level (HCP180) or position equivalent.

About Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.

As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to: DPH-HR@dph.ga.gov.

DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

TO APPLY: In order to successfully apply for a position; the hiring agency requires interested applicants to complete the GA Department of Public Health’s Online Employment Application.

This job application can be found at www.dph.georgia.gov. Click on "About DPH" and then “Careers” and locate this position, click “Apply” and begin your application.