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Enteric Epidemiologist

Date Posted: 
Requisition ID:  118481
Location: 

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

 

About the Indiana State Department of Health

The Indiana State Department of Health’s mission is to promote and provide essential public health services for a healthier and safer state.

 

This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $41,574. Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.

About the Job:

The Enteric Disease Epidemiologist serves as an Indiana state employee in the Epidemiology Resource Center (ERC) at the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). The purpose of this position is to minimize morbidity and mortality associated with enteric diseases among Indiana residents by conducting a broad and complex range of investigative and analytical epidemiologic activities. The scope of this position includes, but is not limited to: outbreaks and surveillance of all enteric diseases and conditions.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Maintain current subject matter knowledge of the epidemiology and biology of enteric diseases;
  • Provide epidemiologic consultation and technical assistance to local health departments, health care providers, veterinarians, and the general public with respect to enteric infectious diseases;
  • Conduct routine epidemiologic surveillance for enteric infectious diseases;
  • Lead or coordinate epidemiologic investigations of individual cases and/or outbreaks of enteric infectious diseases;
  • Design and conduct applied epidemiologic studies of enteric infectious diseases;
  • Manage and analyze data collected through routine surveillance, public health investigations, and applied epidemiologic studies;
  • Prepare and disseminate written and oral reports and presentations that communicate necessary information to internal and external partners;
  • Conduct educational presentations and/or trainings for a variety of audiences, including local health departments, health care providers, veterinarians, and the general public;
  • Engage directly with members of the public at health fairs and other outreach events;
  • Participate in writing grants and other funding proposals;
  • Serve as an agency spokesperson at the invitation and direction of the ISDH Office of Public Affairs;
  • Evaluate the impact of legislation or policy proposals at the invitation and direction of the ISDH Director of Legislative Affairs;
  • Serve as a backup to other infectious disease epidemiologists;
  • Serve on the ERC Social Media Team and provide social media messaging content on enteric infectious diseases;
  • Serve on the ERC website editing team and maintain the ISDH webpages on enteric infectious diseases;
  • Serve as the ISDH epidemiologist on call after business hours for approximately two to three weeks per year;
  • Serve on the ISDH Health Monitoring Team for emerging or re-emerging diseases;

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.  

What You'll Need for Success:

 

  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
    • Knowledge of the epidemiology and biology of enteric diseases;
    • Knowledge of state laws and regulations as well as federal public health guidance documents pertaining to enteric and other infectious diseases;
    • Skill in identification of public health problems pertinent to Indiana residents;
    • Skill in conducting epidemiologic surveillance activities, including selection and use of appropriate field methods as well as use and evaluation of public health surveillance systems;
    • Skill in eliciting relevant information from patients in structured or unstructured telephone interviews;
    • Skill in conducting public health investigations of individual cases and/or outbreaks of enteric infectious diseases;
    • Skill in designing descriptive and analytical epidemiologic investigations, including hypothesis generation;
    • Skill in managing large datasets, performing complex data analyses, and identifying key findings;
    • Skill in recommending evidence-based interventions and control measures in response to epidemiologic findings;
    • Skill in preparing written and oral reports, presentations, and educational materials that communicate necessary information to internal and external partners;
    • Skill in applying principles of informatics, including data collection, processing, and analysis, in support of epidemiologic practice;
    • Demonstrated skill in statistical, analytical, and/or geospatial software (e.g., EpiInfo, SAS, ArcGIS, SQL, SPSS, R, Python, Stata, etc.);
    • Ability to identify laboratory resources and use them appropriately;
    • Ability to provide prompt, courteous, and helpful customer service;
    • Ability to multi-task efficiently and manage multiple outbreaks simultaneously
    • Ability to collaborate with others inside and outside the agency to identify public health problems and form recommendations;
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using principles of risk communication where appropriate;
    • Ability to prioritize tasks efficiently to meet internal and external deadlines;
    • Ability to appropriately document work activities and maintain organized records.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.

 

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave
  • Free Parking
  • Free LinkedIn Learning

If this is an Intermittent position, the position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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