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Job Title: Program Specialist V / Epidemiologist II
Job Number:
Organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Posted: 1/14/2019
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Austin,  TX    USA
Position Description: This position functions as an Epidemiologist II. Please apply here:

This position is located in the Epidemiology & Supplemental Projects Group of the TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Branch. Under the supervision of the group manager, the Epidemiologist II performs advanced research and epidemiological work, requiring specialized knowledge of health behaviors related to TB/HIV/STD transmission. Assists in the planning and execution of epidemiological and surveillance projects, and the collection and analysis of data through these projects. Analyses TB/HIV/STD Surveillance and Program data to process data requests. Writes and prepares scientific reports and manuscripts based on interpretation of findings from statistical analysis. Presents results and findings of studies to diverse audiences. Reviews reports, manuscripts, and other documents for statistical accuracy, and interpretation of data. Ensures the statistical validity and epidemiologic applicability of study activities. Performs other duties as assigned. Work is performed with extensive latitude for independent judgment.

30% Designs and implements TB/HIV/STD research investigations, surveillance and assessment based on standard scientific methods, programmatic needs or new/innovative approaches. Provides research consultation, and technical assistance to TB/HIV/STD program areas regarding epidemiological methods, research/surveillance design, and program evaluation assessment of public health practices.

20% Conducts migration and analysis of survey collected data. Applies appropriate advanced statistical and/or analytical procedures for the purpose of analysis. Current projects focus on TB/HIV/STD behavioral risk factors, testing, treatment and transmission, medical care and clinical outcomes.

20% Writes and prepares scientific reports and manuscripts from findings of research investigations. Presents results and findings of studies to appropriate audiences. Reviews reports, manuscripts, and other documents for accuracy in content, statistics and interpretation of data.

15% Provides TB/HIV/STD data to policy makers, public health practitioners, researchers, internal and external partners and general public.

10% Participates in epidemiological and surveillance TB/HIV/STD project activities including, development of local survey questions, development and review of survey formative assessment and medical chart abstractions.

5% Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: 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 sampling, survey methods and weighting. 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 statistical software, especially SAS, and in writing syntax to perform analyses. Skill in both verbal and written communications. Skill in graphical presentation of data including charts, tables, and maps.

Ability to manage and query complex databases. Ability to use population data for public health planning and evaluation. Ability to conduct research projects. Ability to exercise independent judgment and show initiative. Ability to communicate effectively with data users and coworkers. Initial Screening Criteria: 1. Graduation from a four-year college with coursework in statistics, epidemiology, social science or related subjects. Advanced degree preferred. 2. Two years of full-time experience in public health, disease epidemiology, or program evaluation. 3. Report writing, publication, presentation experience. Final Selection Criteria: 1. Master’s degree in Public Health or Health related field. 2. Skill in working with SAS. 3. Data analysis and data management experience. 4. Experience managing a public health program or research project. 5. Knowledge of epidemiologic methods including applicable software. 6. Skill in problem solving and conflict management. 7. Skill in verbal and written communication.

Organization Description:

Closing Date: 4/14/2019
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Margaret Vaaler,  Epidemiology & Supplemental Group Manager
Contact Location: 11501 Burnet Road, Bldg 902

Austin   TX  78758
United States
Contact Location: 11501 Burnet Road, Bldg 902
  Austin   TX  78758
  United States
Contact Phone: 512-533-3066 
Contact Fax:
Contact Email:
Web Address:
How to Apply: Submit application through the Texas Department of State Health Services link:

Additional Information: Additional Information:

Requisition: 399739

Must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship. 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 /JobDescriptions.aspx.

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