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EPIDEMIOLOGIST

$ 19.09-$ 27.88 hourly, $ 39,860-$ 58,213 annually

Date Posted:   07/10/2013
Closing Date:   07/17/2013
Position End Date:   10/31/2014
Hiring Agency:   Health Department
Division/Bureau:   IDEPC/ADIC-Vectorborne
Location:   Freeman Bldg., St. Paul
Who May Apply:   Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:   13HEAL000315
Employment Conditions:   Temporary, Full-time
Work Shift:   Day Shift
Days of Work:   Monday-Friday , 08:30 AM-04:30 PM
Travel Required:   no
Job Grouping:   Health Care & Human Services
Classified Status:   Unclassified
 
Job Description:   This vacancy is located in the Foodborne, Vectorborne and Zoonotic Diseases Unit of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control (IDEPC) Division. Specifically, the position will focus on Vectorborne Diseases.

Responsibilities include:
Provide epidemiologic assistance with the Emerging Infections Program TickNET underreporting study, a surveillance project assessing the underreporting of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in Minnesota. This person will also assist with the development of other TickNET studies including efforts to determine the illness burden of tick-borne diseases in Minnesota residents.

Provide epidemiologic assistance to the Vector-Borne Disease Epidemiologist Supervisor and Epidemiologist Senior(s) with the completion of several vector-borne disease surveillance projects.

Provide epidemiologic assistance to the Vector-Borne Disease Epidemiologist Supervisor and Epidemiologist Senior(s) with epidemiologic investigations of environmental and human factors associated with transmission of vector-borne diseases.

Provide technical assistance on the epidemiology, prevention and control of vector-borne diseases to health-care providers and the general public.

Support the general functions of the Acute Disease Investigation and Control Section and Food-borne, Vector-borne, and Zoonotic Diseases Unit.
Minimum Qualifications:   Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Microbiology, Epidemiology, or closely related public health field AND
One year of professional experience with responsibility for providing difficult or complex consultation, training, planning, research or investigative assistance within a health program/field.

OR

Master's degree in Public Health, Microbiology, Epidemiology, or closely related public health field.

OR

Completion of Master's degree coursework with pending completion of Master's project/thesis.

PLUS
Required Coursework for all candidates:
Successful completion of a minimum of 4 graduate quarter credits or 3 graduate semester credits in each of the following two areas: Epidemiology and Statistics. Candidates must provide evidence of course completion prior to consideration for employment.

Preferred Qualifications:   Understanding of the clinical and epidemiological aspects of vector-borne disease, including modes of transmission, factors affecting diseases, occurrence, and strategies for intervention, prevention, and treatment.

Knowledge of the principals of epidemiology so as to conduct epidemiological studies and maintain disease surveillance systems.

Knowledge of biostatistics and ability to maintain surveillance systems, database development, data analysis and interpretations.

Experience in conducting Minnesota Department of Health passive surveillance for TickNet pathogens, including contacting health care providers for information on reported cases, interviewing cases regarding illness and exposure information, and entering resulting data into surveillance databases.

Experience conducting investigations of epidemic and endemic infectious diseases.

Ability to instruct and advise the medical community and the public on methods of disease control and prevention.

Knowledge of the method(s) of disease control and prevention.

Ability to write and prepare grants and manuscripts for publication and reports.

Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

Ability to develop and maintain effective interpersonal relations with co-workers, and health care and other professionals.

Knowledge of personal computers including computer programming using standard statistical and database management software such as Epi Info, dBase, FoxPro, Access, or SAS.

Ability to be self-directed in conducting studies, investigations, interviews, and evaluate the need for, willingness and ability to work evening and weekend hours, if necessary.

Ability to provide guidance and direction to personnel, including student workers, assisting with epidemiological studies and investigations.
Selection Process:   The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. All applicants who apply to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

Recently Separated Veterans (RSV) - Effective July 1, 2009, legislation provides that the top five RSV applicants who apply and meet the qualifications for a vacancy be granted an interview. To qualify as a RSV, you must meet all of the following criteria: 1) have separated under honorable conditions from any branch of the armed forces of the United States; 2) have served on active duty for 181 consecutive days or more or for the full period ordered to active duty or have separated by reason of disability incurred while serving on active duty; 3) be a United States citizen or resident alien; and 4) have served in active military service at any time on or after September 11, 2001, as shown on your DD-214 form. To be considered under this legislation, you must: 1) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting; 2) meet all of the above RSV criteria; and 3) submit a copy of your DD-214 form by the closing date to health.jobs@state.mn.us or fax to 651-201-5779. Failure to submit your DD-214 form will affect your consideration for an interview under the terms of this legislation.

Certain Disabled Veterans - Effective August 1, 2012, legislations provides state agencies with the option to appoint certain disabled veterans on a noncompetitive basis if you meet the following criteria: 1) meet service requirements and has verified service-connected disability rating of at least 30%; 2) provide qualifying documentation verifying the disability; and, 3) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting. To be considered under this legislation you must submit all documentation by the closing date to health.jobs@state.mn.us or fax to 651-201-5779.
How to Apply:   This vacancy is open to all qualified job seekers. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please do one of the following by the closing date:

1) Submit your resume through the on-line Resume Builder at http://www.careers.state.mn.us/. You may copy and paste your existing resume or let the software create a resume for you. After you've completed your on-line resume, apply directly to this job posting (#13HEAL000315) by checking the "Apply for This Job" box and then clicking the "Apply to Selected Jobs" box at the bottom of the posting.

2) If you are unable to apply on-line via Resume Builder, submit your resume and a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB), 200 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Please include this job posting number (#13HEAL000315) on your application. The paper application is available on the MMB website at http://www.careers.state.mn.us/ or by calling 651-259-3637.

Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a job with another branch of state government, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please direct questions to your current or anticipated Human Resources office.
Contact for More Information:   David Neitzel, 651-201-5768 / david.neitzel@state.mn.us.