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Senior Medical Entomologist

Date Posted:  Sep 10, 2021
Requisition ID:  253801

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.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH):  
The Indiana Department of Health’s mission is to promote and provide essential public health services for a healthier and safer state.


Salary Information:
This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $62,842.00 but may be commensurate with education and job experience.

About the Job:

The Senior Medical Entomologist leads the medical entomology team in the Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Disease Program, which is part of the Epidemiology Resource Center (ERC) at the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH). This role directs statewide entomologic investigation and surveillance for vector-borne infectious diseases of public health importance in Indiana; supervises the activities of medical entomologists and administrative staff and provide for continuity of operations in their absence; analyzes, interprets, and disseminates entomologic surveillance data; organizes trainings on entomologic surveillance and control for local public health professionals; and provides technical assistance to state agencies, local health departments, Tribal representatives, health care providers, academic partners, community organizations, and members of the public.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Maintain and expand subject matter expertise regarding the biology, surveillance, prevention, and control of vector-borne infectious diseases.
  • Supervise and facilitate the professional development of three regional medical entomologists and one administrative assistant.
  • Plan and direct entomologic investigations and surveillance for tick-borne diseases (e.g., Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, spotted fever rickettsiosis, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and tularemia) and mosquito-borne diseases (e.g., West Nile virus disease, St. Louis encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, and La Crosse virus disease) endemic in Indiana.
  • Develop an annual budget and prepare justifications for inclusion in assigned sections of grants and cooperative agreements.
  • Manage inventory of supplies and equipment in the medical entomology laboratory to ensure optimal team performance while minimizing waste. 
  • Conduct timely analysis of entomologic surveillance data using appropriate statistical methods. 
  • Interpret and promptly disseminate surveillance data to stakeholder partners and the public using appropriate media. 
  • Give educational presentations and/or trainings to a variety of audiences.
  • Provide technical assistance regarding vector-borne infectious diseases to internal and external stakeholder partners.
  • Serve as an agency spokesperson at the invitation and direction of the IDOH Office of Public Affairs.
  • Evaluate the impact of legislation or policy proposals at the invitation and direction of the IDOH Director of Legislative Affairs.
  • Be available by phone after business hours to respond to public health emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, except during periods of approved leave.
  • Serve as a backup to the State Public Health Veterinarian.

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:


  • A master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., entomology, biological sciences) and ≥ 4 years’ relevant public health experience, OR
  • A doctoral-level degree in entomology or other relevant field, and ≥ 2 years’ relevant public health experience, OR
  • A graduate or professional degree in a health-related field (e.g., RN, MD/DO, DDS/DMD, DVM, PhD, RS) with additional focused training in medical entomology, and  ≥ 2 years’ relevant public health experience, OR 
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and ≥ 6 years of relevant public health experience.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of the biology of infectious disease vectors and other arthropods of public health importance (e.g., bed bugs, lice, mites). 
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles of public health surveillance.
  • Knowledge of state laws and regulations as well as federal public health guidance documents pertaining to entomologic surveillance for vector-borne infectious diseases.
  • Knowledge of the principles of informatics, including data collection, processing, and analysis, in support of entomologic surveillance.
  • Ability to plan and direct investigation and surveillance for vector-borne infectious diseases.
  • Ability to develop and manage information systems to improve effectiveness of entomologic surveillance.
  • Ability to plan and implement evidence-based recommendations and/or control measures in response to entomologic findings in both routine circumstances and emergencies.
  • Ability to evaluate programs and identify and implement process improvements.
  • Ability to develop and manage an annual budget.
  • Ability to work in a manner consistent with the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care. 
  • Skill in managing data from surveillance, investigations, or other sources.
  • Skill in analyzing and interpreting entomologic investigation and surveillance data.
  • Skill in effective communication with stakeholder partners and the public via written reports, oral presentations, and multimedia educational materials.


  • Prior supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated skill in statistical, analytical, and/or geospatial software (e.g., EpiInfo, SAS, ArcGIS, SQL, SPSS, R, Python, Stata, etc.).

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.


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 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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