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Job Title: Temporary Vector-borne Disease Epidemiologist
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Organization: NJ Department of Health
Posted: 10/31/2019
Type: Contract
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Trenton,  NJ    USA
Compensation: $45.00/hour
Position Description: NJDOH is looking for a temporary Epidemiologist, to be hired as an Infection Control Specialist through 22nd Century temporary staffing agency through February 2020 with the possibility of extension. This position is a member of the Zoonotic Disease Team within the Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program (IZDP) and based in the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) in Trenton, NJ. The Epidemiologist/Infection Control Specialist will work under the supervision of the Vector-borne Disease Coordinator to provide consultation and guidance with regards to the surveillance of Zika and other mosquito and tick-transmitted infections, tick surveillance activities, preparedness and response to outbreaks of Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers, and communication/collaboration with internal and external partners on vector-borne disease and viral hemorrhagic fever related issues. Specific activities may include: • Conduct/oversee vector-borne disease surveillance and case investigations, respond to data requests, maintain updated statistics, and ensure accurate reporting to CDC. • Provide consultation and technical assistance to local health departments, clinicians, and healthcare facilities on vector-borne disease investigations. • Update communicable disease plans, protocols, and worksheets; • Work closely with clinicians and healthcare facilities to facilitate testing for mothers and newborns at risk of Zika infection and provide guidance on infant assessment and interpretation; • Assist with investigations of vector-borne disease reports that are transmitted through blood transfusion and organ donation; • Collaborate with partners on a plan for targeted tick surveillance; • Facilitate specialized public health laboratory testing for vector-borne diseases.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who have >2 years work experience in applied epidemiology and surveillance (particularly in vector-borne disease); those who are familiar with NJ public health and healthcare structures/organizations; those who have a Master's degree in Public Health/Epidemiology or a Master's degree in Nursing; and those who have either proficiency in statistical and spatial data analysis (e.g., SAS, Excel, ARC-GIS), or clinical experience.

Organization Description: The NJ Department of Health's Zoonotic Disease Program is responsible for conducting vector-borne disease surveillance, including most pathogens transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks. In addition, the Program collaborates with partners internal and external to NJDOH on viral hemorrhagic fever preparedness, surveillance, and response.

Closing Date: 1/31/2020
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Contact Name: Kim Cervantes,  Temporary Vector-borne Disease Epidemiologist
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Additional Information: Position is available through February 2020 with the possibility of extension.

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