Epidemiologist III

Texas Health & Human Services Commission Austin, TX
The Epidemiologist III position is located in the Epidemiology and Supplemental Projects Group within the TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch. Under the supervision of the Group Manager, the Epidemiologist III performs highly advanced senior-level research and epidemiological work requiring specialized knowledge of TB/HIV/STD epidemiology, surveillance and at-risk populations. Designs and conducts advanced epidemiological research, evaluating populations and their risk factors for HIV, STDs and TB using data from the TB/HIV/STD reporting systems, supplemental HIV surveillance projects and other large data sets within the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch. Prepares and presents research findings on TB/HIV/STD issues in reports, professional journals, and at state and national conferences. Plans, and assigns the work of the other epidemiologists on the data analysis and reporting team. Provides technical assistance and training on data management, epidemiological methods, and statistical analysis of TB/HIV/STD data. Works under minimum supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Essential Job Functions:

30% Utilizes advanced statistics and/or statistical packages, which can compare and contrast population's characteristics and their relationship to disease states or program outcomes. Methods and techniques include random, stratified, clustered, and convenience sampling. Experience with population-based rates, tests of differences between rates and proportions, odds ratios, confidence intervals, linear and multiple logistic regression. Calculates sample sizes. Utilizes, as necessary, the following: SAS, SPSS, Epi Info, R, GIS and other statistical, graphics and spreadsheet software. 30 % Prepares and presents abstracts, technical reports, briefings on TB/HIV/STD data and programs. Writes epidemiological reports and professional journal articles related to TB/HIV/STD data and programs. Provides TB/HIV/STD data to local and regional health departments, DSHS management, the general public, news media universities, legislators and other consumers of data. Provides consultation to hospital administrators, physicians, state and national organizations, researchers and others on the TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance data and activities. Serves as the senior subject matter expert for TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance area. 25% Functions as team leader on epidemiological investigations and evaluation studies. Reviews reports and special publications of staff and monitors the preparation of special and annual surveillance reports. Plans, and assigns the work of the other epidemiologists on the data analysis and reporting team. Develops re commendations to TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch management on budget, training, staffing needs, and policies and procedures. 10% Acts as a resource epidemiologist for ongoing projects within the Branch and Unit. Function as a technical expert and consultant on statistical design, epidemiological methodology and analysis, interpretation of data and epidemiological soundness. Provides technical assistance and training on data management, epidemiological methods, and statistical analysis of TB/HIV/STD data. Prepares epidemiological information on TB/HIV/STD for funding proposals. 5% Other duties as assigned. Knowledge Skills Abilities:

Knowledge of major functions of public health. Knowledge of statistical concepts, research methods, and their applications to public health surveillance and research. Knowledge of the health status, socioeconomic and demographic measures used in public health. Knowledge of population, socioeconomic and health outcomes data sources. Knowledge of programming logic and scripting. Knowledge of Human Subjects Protections and issues of confidentiality. Skill in using Microsoft Office products especially Excel, and PowerPoint. Skill in using Internet publishing/graphics presentation software. Skill in using statistical software, especially SAS, and in writing syntax to perform analyses. Skill in database management, especially relational database structures. Skill in analyzing nested data. Skill in both verbal and written communications. Skill in graphical presentation of data including charts, tables, and maps. Skill in working with sensitive personal health information. Ability to manage and query complex databases. Ability to use population data for public health planning and evaluation. Ability to conduct research projects and data collection efforts. Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines. Ability to plan, assign and/or supervise the work of others. Ability to exercise independent judgment and show initiative. Ability to communicate effectively with data users and coworkers. Ability to maintain effective working relationships. Registration or Licensure Requirements:

n/aInitial Selection Criteria:

Experience in writing epidemiological reports and conducting data analysis. Skill in using statistical software (particularly SAS), spreadsheet applications, and database applications to manipulate and analyze data. Additional Information:

Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individual s with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the CAPPS service center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.MOS Code:

Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68S, 60C, HM, 230X, 4E0X1, 43HX, 43MX, 43EX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.

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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.