Overview

This position will join our team that has been tracking SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater throughout the State of Wisconsin using wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE). Tracking pathogens in wastewater is a relatively new approach that shows great promise in monitoring populations for infectious diseases. This position will serve as an epidemiologist to the program by analyzing data collected from the Wisconsin Wastewater Monitoring Network and using advanced statistical techniques to review and interpret wastewater and COVID-19 case data from geographic areas. This position will be responsible for coordinating electronic data transfer from laboratory partners, uploading data to the Wisconsin dashboard and to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)/National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS). Data will be used to inform epidemiologic and programmatic decisions related to disease spread and infections. The epidemiologist will also be involved in the analysis of data for other pathogens monitored via wastewater, such as influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, and correlating wastewater findings with traditional public health surveillance data. This position will work with local public health agencies to provide technical assistance and training on the interpretation of wastewater data associated with the state monitoring network. In addition, this position will collaborate with researchers throughout the University of Wisconsin system as well as with Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and CDC to continue the development of a robust wastewater surveillance program, publish manuscripts, and promote efficiencies in data workflows. The position will also be responsible for tracking grant deliverables and providing routine progress reports to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About UW-Madison and WI Dept. of Health Services

This position is located within DHS, Division of Public Health (DPH) and is maintained through a contract and ongoing partnership with the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH). WSLH serves as the public, environmental, and occupational health laboratory for the State of Wisconsin and is part of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. This position will work within the Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health (BEOH) in the Environmental Epidemiology and Surveillance (EES) Section.