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 population of Georgia 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 worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 13 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending on 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 NWSS Biostatistician/Developer 2 within the Acute Disease/Epidemiology Section in Atlanta, Georgia. Won’t you join us?

Job Responsibilities:

The Georgia Department of Public Health is seeking a biostatistician/developer with experience in geospatial analysis to work on the National Wastewater Surveillance System team under the supervision of the One Health Medical Epidemiologist. The person will perform statistical studies to generate data and insights used to innovate, plan and support improved data driven COVID-19 response efforts as it pertains to the National Wastewater Surveillance System. They will develop analytic platforms to assist epidemiologists and prepare analysis plans to ensure the best statistical methods are developed and utilized. They will utilize geospatial analysis software such as GIS to analyze COVID-19 case data in comparison with geospatial data available for wastewater catchment. They will interpret, analyze, and prepares data for reports and presentations based on stakeholder needs. They will interface with non technical users to assist with data interpretation and understanding of results. Proficiency with statistical computer applications such as SAS, R, and mapping tools is preferred.

The Biostatician will be responsible for:

  • Collect data, perform data analysis, and produce weekly data summaries of findings using large data sets.
  • Work with academic partner to provide data and support various analyses pertaining to COVID-19.
  • Provide technical assistance to and develop analytic platforms to support COVID-19 Epidemiologists.
  • Respond to data requests.
  • Disseminate analyzed data to stakeholders.
  • Innovate ways to improve data quality, ease of access, analysis, and sharing.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree with coursework in Computer Science or Management Information Systems AND at least two years job related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • SAS Experience
  • Experience with other data analysis software, including R, GIS, JMP, and/or Tableau
  • Previous Experience working performing public health surveillance
  • Experience working with large dataset
  • Experience with data matching
  • Strong communication skills, including experience communicating data findings to diverse stakeholder

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.