Rutgers School of Public Health, partnered with the Communicable Disease Service (CDS) at the New Jersey Department of Health, is hiring an infectious disease epidemiologist with the necessary education, training, and experience to investigate and respond to communicable diseases in New Jersey, specifically vector-borne diseases. This epidemiologist position is for a Vector-borne Disease Epidemiologist. This position will be a member of the Vector-borne Disease Program, located in the CDS at NJDOH and will be stationed in Trenton, NJ.
Duties of the epidemiologist include implementation of vector-borne disease surveillance strategies and developing collaborative relationships with federal, state, and local public health and vector control partners. Specific anticipated duties include:
1.Provide guidance and oversight to local health departments and regional epidemiologists regarding disease surveillance, investigation and reporting of vector-borne diseases. 2.Regularly conduct epidemiologic evaluations and investigations pertaining to vector-borne diseases. 3.Coordinate data management activities. These activities include conducting surveillance on COVID-19 cases and deaths, integrating data from alternate data sources (vital statistics, hospital discharge data, electronic medical records data, etc.,) into the communicable disease reporting and surveillance system (CDRSS), and preparing daily reports for senior management staff. This position will oversee efforts to monitor COVID-19 data quality in CDRSS, automated efforts to obtain accurate and timely updates from long-term care facilities and will provide descriptive epidemiology support on long-term care facility cases and deaths. 4.Collaborate with electronic laboratory reporting partners and Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (CDRSS) staff to optimize vector-borne disease reporting, data management, and analysis. 5.Analyze vector surveillance data management needs and work with partners to improve JerseySurv, the state's vector-borne disease surveillance system; provide technical assistance and training on JerseySurv to vector control partners. 6.In partnership with NJDEP, NJDA, Rutgers University, and county mosquito control agencies, analyze vector-borne disease surveillance data using data visualization and geospatial analysis tools, produce statewide surveillance reports, and ensure timely data reporting to CDC. 7.Prepare scientific manuscripts, reports, and presentations pertaining to epidemiologic evaluations and surveillance for vector-borne diseases that will contribute to public health knowledge and programs. 8.Assist NJDOH staff in writing grant applications for funding initiatives related to vector-borne diseases. 9.Assist in preparation of responses to press inquiries or any other inquiries made by the general public about communicable disease-related issues. 10.Provide on-call coverage for after-hours CDS emergency service on a rotating basis. 11.Perform special tasks or projects as assigned at the discretion of the NJDOH Program Management Officer.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Epidemiology or an equivalent degree in a related field with at least 3-5 years of experience in communicable disease surveillance and investigations, preferably in vector-borne disease; and experience in conducting epidemiological surveillance evaluations and data analysis. Preference will be given to candidates who have familiarity with New Jersey public health and vector control infrastructure and systems and knowledge and/or experience with analyzing large datasets, developing technical surveillance reports, and using geospatial and data visualization tools. Ability to analyze and display data using Excel, SAS, ARC-GISPRO and Power Bi is strongly preferred, as are public speaking skills, and experience working as part of a team.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Valid Driver's License is required.
Posting Number: 20FA0464
Location: Off Campus
Internal Number: 114707
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