Research Scientist IV

Health Research, Inc. Albany, NY
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and five years of research experience in surveillance, public health, epidemiology, social/ behavioral science or a related field; or a master's degree and four years of such experience, or a doctorate in public health, epidemiology, social/ behavioral science or a related field and two years of such experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong background in surveillance; HIV/AIDS research, study design and execution; analysis using epidemiological principles and methodologies. Experience in staff supervision and program management. Excellent interpersonal, presentation, written and verbal communication skills. Experience with SAS, SQL or other statistical software, relational databases and graphical software packages. Experience with large, population-based and other health-related data sets (e.g., SPARCS, ECLRS, vital statistics), disease registries and working with confidential data. Experience with information technology and systems used for electronic public health reporting. Experience with ARCView or other GIS data analysis software.

Responsibilities

The incumbent will oversee all HIV Case surveillance activities for NYS, with major responsibilities related to ensuring the provision of all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National HIV Surveillance System (NHSS) grant deliverables. Specific activities include the following: Oversee, maintain and continue to develop laboratory and clinician reporting of HIV/AIDS in NYS. Establish policies and operating procedures for HIV/AIDS surveillance that are scientifically valid and aligned with the national standards for HIV/AIDS surveillance. Maintain written documentation of surveillance policies and operating procedures. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with surveillance partners within the NYSDOH, inclusive of staff involved in Partner Services, Electronic Clinical Laboratory Reporting, the Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program, Regional Office Managers, the Wadsworth Center, and surveillance staff focusing on other disease entities. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with surveillance partners outside of the NYSDOH, inclusive of clinical laboratories with HIV-related reporting obligations to the NYSDOH. Coordinate with surveillance staff in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) to enhance surveillance practices for the entire state via the MOU and surveillance/Partner Services contractual arrangements with the NYCDOHMH. Serve as the identified "Case Surveillance Coordinator" for purposes of communication and coordination with the CDC staff associated with the CDC NHSS grant. The Research Scientist will serve as a full member of the bureau surveillance research team with major responsibilities for developing surveillance-related research questions and analytic proposals and managing all phases of surveillance data collection and evaluation of the surveillance system. In conjunction with the director and colleagues, analyze, develop and disseminate surveillance system findings to professional, scientific, and lay audiences via the development of newsletters, web-postings, conference abstracts, posters and/or oral presentations, and published manuscripts.

Conditions of Employment

Grant funded position. Compliance with funding requirements such as time and effort reporting, grant deliverables, and contract deliverables, is required.

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