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Title: Epidemiologist - Team Lead
$57,500-$84,780 / Posted thru: 10-11-20
Employee Name: TBD
Supervisor: Deb MacKenzie-Taylor
Location: Lansing, Michigan
Purpose: This position serves as the epidemiology lead to a team in the Environmental Epidemiology Unit in the Toxicology and Assessment Section. This individual oversees the development of exposure assessments and health outcome studies, epidemiologist reviews in response to chemical and other environmental hazards related to non-biological exposures (e.g., PFAS exposure, trichloroethylene exposure from vapor intrusion), and/or the development of biomonitoring surveillance studies. Primary duties of the position include development of protocols and processes; oversight of epidemiology and surveillance databases; leading field studies, surveillance, and epidemiologic studies; conducting advanced-level analyses; and developing reports and presentations. In addition, the position will provide epidemiological support to other activities as requested by the Unit Manager, Section Manager, or Division Director.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Duty #1 - 40% of time
Conduct field investigations and exposure assessments related to PFAS or other non-biological exposures.
Responsibilities related to Duty #1:
- Lead exposure assessments and health studies; conduct needs assessments as directed by supervisor, following established protocols and data collection forms.
- Conduct descriptive and analytic epidemiologic studies of environmental exposures and health effects.
- Conduct statistical analyses using SAS, SPSS, or similar software.
- Document methods, procedures and results of field investigations and studies.
- Collect, tabulate, and analyze field and epidemiologic study data and draft results.
- Participate in preparation of project reports, presentations, and publications.
- Manage databases related to field and epidemiologic studies, including quality control.
- Provide data to team members and others as directed by supervisor.
- Fulfill required training and procedures for maintaining confidentiality and security of sensitive and protected information under the Michigan Public Health Code, HIPAA, and the Federal rules on protection of human subjects as interpreted by the MDHHS Privacy Office and Institutional Review Board and directed by supervisor
Duty #2 - 40% of time
Conduct public health surveillance that addresses health effects and hazards related to chemical exposures and other non-biological hazards.
Responsibilities related to Duty #2:
- Identify surveillance data needs and potential data sources and obtain data.
- Collect, tabulate, and analyze surveillance data and information from multiple sources, following protocols as directed by supervisor and lead epidemiologist.
- Manage surveillance databases, including quality control.
- Provide surveillance data to activity team and others as directed by supervisor.
- Contribute to the production of reports using surveillance data.
Duty #3 - 10% of time
Contribute as requested to Division activities in the area of environmental epidemiology.
Responsibilities related to Duty #3:
- Assist Division and other staff as needed and requested in surveillance, fieldwork or epidemiologic studies and cluster investigations, including data collection, analysis and report writing.
- Represent the activity, Division, Bureau or Department at in-state, regional and national meetings and successfully communicate their mission and activities
Duty #4 - 10% of time
Maintain and pursue knowledge in the field of environmental epidemiology.
Responsibilities related to Duty #4:
- Attend workshops, webinars, trainings, or conferences that will advance knowledge, as funding permits and with approval of the supervisor.
Education: Master's level training in epidemiology or public health with a minimum of 8 semester (12 term) hours of graduate course work in epidemiology and biostatistics. Training in environmental epidemiology or environmental health preferred.
Experience: Three years of professional experience carrying out a variety of surveys, investigations, tests, and analyses of human disease and chronic health conditions.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience that provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Important Skills and Characteristics:
- Knowledge of the principals and methods of epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health surveillance.
- Knowledge of the methods used to organize, analyze, and maintain large and complex data sets.
- Knowledge of and experience in use of statistical and data base software; SAS and ArcGIS preferred.
- Knowledge of the principals of environmental health preferred.
- Ability to organize and manage databases and maintain quality control, privacy, and security of the data.
- Ability to conduct field studies, including following protocols, interacting with subjects, and collecting data.
- Ability to implement surveillance and epidemiologic studies.
- Ability to analyze data, draw conclusions, summarize technical information, and write clear and accurate reports.
- Ability to work in a team, organize own work, and meet deadlines.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in written form.
- Ability to maintain professionalism and expertise
Work Environment and Physical Requirements: Physical effort is typical of an office position; however, there will be some travel within the State to conduct field investigations and there may be occasional travel outside the state for meetings or conferences. There may be times when work outside of regular hours is necessary for the completion of a project. Computer use required for approximately 90% of the time. Requires valid vehicle operator's license and occasional travel within the State, including overnights. Less occasionally, travel may be required outside the State.
Responsibility for the Work of Others: Lead workers act as project leaders predominantly and/or coordinate the work activities of others.
Impact on Projects, Services, and Operations:
- Both the public and the department can be affected by decisions made by this position.
- Input and maintenance of project databases and surveillance activities.
- Implementation and documentation of field protocols or epidemiologic studies.
- Implementing routine methods to maintain rigor of fieldwork and quality control of data.
- Implementing routine methods to preserve privacy and confidentiality of data. Determining how to analyze typical study data and report out results.
Direction and status updates
For purposes of employment standards, this classification is "Exempt" from overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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