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Job Title: Epidemiologist II
Job Number: 00011375
Organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Posted: 10/28/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Austin,  TX   
Compensation: Min: $4,023.16 to Max: $5,301.29
Position Description: Epidemiologist II: Position Description - Under the direction and supervision of the TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Group manager, performs statistical analyses using advanced statistical software, interprets results, and writes articles and reports related to TB/HIV/STD epidemiology and surveillance. Assists the Team Lead for the HIV/STD electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) system and all functions related to ELR. Creates annual data analysis files. Manages the importing of data between the TB/HIV/STD Integrated System (THISIS) and the enhanced HIV/AIDS Reporting System (eHARS). Conducts time- space cluster surveillance and oversees identification of geographic and diagnostic timing cluster characteristics. Assists with quality assurance projects for TB/HIV/STD surveillance, including chart abstractions and lab validation processes. Serves as backup to other epidemiologists, including ELR and Molecular HIV Surveillance (MHS) epidemiologists. Programs in SAS, Access, and other software applications. Oversees and contributes to epidemiologic and research reports useful to the Section and DSHS staff, the public and the public health and medical communities. Essential Job Functions: (30%) Creates and maintains the process for the transfer of data to and from the THISIS to eHARS on a daily basis. Checks data for accuracy prior to import and according to system updates; informs product owners of changes in systems updates and ensures continued import functionality; and ensures CDC reporting requirements are met according to established deadlines. (30%) Responsible for detecting, investigating and monitoring clusters of HIV transmission detected with unusual patterns of diagnosis that have unique characteristics of the geographic distribution or timing of diagnosis. Works closely with the MHS coordinator to determine the best practices for the follow up on persons in these clusters, including increased HIV testing, ensuring persons in the cluster are linked and retained in medical care, and ensuring the persons persons living with HIV in these clusters are equipped to reach and maintain viral suppression. (20%) Creates yearly analysis file; incorporates data from other data sources; ensures data quality by data cleaning and standardization prior to file creation. Utilizes appropriate epidemiologic and statistical methods in data analysis using SAS, eHARS, ARIES, ELR, and STD*MIS, and various other databases, graphics, mapping, spreadsheet, and word processing applications. Creates de-normalized tables necessary to properly run reports and workflows in THISIS.

(10%) Works with other central office and local staff to ensure accurate data management and reporting. Incorporates chart and survey data from other relevant data systems to improve data completeness and quality. Works with staff on data collection issues and provides solutions to enhancing data collection. Provides routine feedback and reports to the local sites on data entry, as needed.

(10%) Other duties as assigned but not limited to: assists with other surveillance projects and epidemiologic and statistical analyses as needed; actively participates and/or serves in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Co Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Qualifications: Initial Screening Criteria: 1. Master's degree in Public Health or related field. Experience can substitute for education. 2. Two years’ experience in public health, disease epidemiology, or program evaluation preferred.

Knowledge Skills Abilities: Knowledge of the concepts of public health practice. Knowledge of the principles of evaluation of surveillance, prevention, or health practice. Knowledge of the principles of epidemiology. Knowledge of local, state, and federal statutes affecting HIV surveillance and prevention activities. Knowledge of preventive health services and current social and economic problems, community inter-relationships and risk behaviors associated with the transmission of HIV and STDs. Knowledge of infectious diseases, specifically HIV/STDs. Knowledge of quality assurance and quality control methods for databases. Knowledge of the principles of descriptive and analytical statistics. Knowledge of scientific and technical writing. Skill in organization of program and disease reporting data. Skill in analysis and expert skill in Excel, Microsoft Access, and SAS (preferred) or SPSS statistical software for data management and analysis. Skill in advanced written communications and oral presentations. Ability to participate in group decision-making concerning research design, methods, and protocol. protocol. Ability to learn all relevant HIV data systems. Ability to interpret statistical analyses of epidemiologic and research data. Ability to train others regarding quality data collection and data entry. Ability to interpret surveillance guidance and research protocols. Ability to work with local and state health agency personnel and allied groups. Ability to gather, assemble, and analyze data. Ability to devise solutions to problems and to develop and evaluate policies and procedures.

Additional Information: 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 protocol. riptions.aspx. Must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Organization Description: Texas Department of State Health Services, TB/HIV/STD Section, TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch located in Austin, Texas

Closing Date: 12/31/2018
Desired Starting Date: 11/15/2018
Contact Name: Sylvia Odem,  Manager
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