This position will remain open until filled and can close at any time. The first screening of applications will occur May 25th, 2021 and weekly thereafter.
This is a full-time, limited duration classified position and is represented by a union.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division (PHD), Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention (ACDP) Section in Portland, OR is recruiting for a SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Lead Epidemiologist to serve as the senior epidemiologist to lead the work of other epidemiologists while overseeing SARS-CoV-2 sequencing surveillance and vaccine breakthrough special studies for the respiratory pathogen program. ACDP is charged with preventing the spread of communicable disease in the State of Oregon through surveillance and epidemiologic studies as well as education and preventive actions.
Most of this work may be conducted remotely at an alternate worksite with full access to the needed operating systems and technology. However, there are many times that the work will need to be conducted at the primary work location listed in this announcement, the Portland State Office Building located at 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland, OR 97232. Work location can be changed at any time at the discretion of the hiring manager.
What will you do?
As the SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Lead Epidemiologist, you will provide SARS-CoV-2 advanced molecular detection (i.e. sequencing surveillance) subject matter expertise. You will oversee OHA participation in national CDC NS3 surveillance, SARS-CoV-2 sequencing surveillance, and SARS-CoV-2 vaccine breakthrough special studies. In addition, you will present on communicable disease data and investigations at state, regional and national meetings and provide consultation to other epidemiologists and health professionals within the Oregon Health Authority, in local health departments, and in other agencies regarding the surveillance, investigation, intervention, and public health evaluation of COVID-19 and other respiratory viral pathogens.
In this position, you will provide training to other epidemiologists, as well as health professionals within the Oregon Health Authority, local health departments, and other agencies regarding general disease epidemiologic methods, disease surveillance, disease interventions, and public health evaluations of reportable communicable diseases. You will also provide guidance to students of medicine, nursing, epidemiology, and public health informatics, as well as medical residents and interns assigned to the agency for work-study experiences in epidemiology and disease surveillance and train health professional students in data management and analyses and monitor their performance. This position serves as the on-call epidemiologist and on the urgent outbreak response team.
What’s in it for you?
The public health division is a team of passionate individuals working to promote health across the lifespan of individuals, families, and communities. We value and support unique perspectives using a trauma-informed approach and aim to reflect these values in our hiring practices, professional development, and workplace. We are committed to racial equity as a driving factor to improve health outcomes for all communities that experience inequities.
We offer full medical, vision and dental benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and 10 paid holidays per year plus pension and retirement plans. If you are a skilled epidemiologist with communicable disease experience, apply today.
What are we looking for?
- Minimum requirements: a master’s degree in epidemiology, public health or a related field and four years of epidemiological experience of which one year must have been in a clinical epidemiological capacity OR a bachelor’s degree in epidemiology, public health or a related field and five years of epidemiological experience of which one year must have been in a clinical epidemiological capacity
- Preference will be given to applicants with a master’s degree in epidemiology and four or more years of experience in respiratory viral pathogens including COVID-19.
- Experience leading a team of epidemiologists and complex projects.
- Experience developing protocols for epidemiologic studies and reports with complex data analyses.
- Experience working with genomic epidemiology.
- Experience with writing grants and technical reports.
- Proficiency with Word, Excel, and Access; SPSS, SAS or STATA; and FileMaker Pro.
- Experience promoting a culturally competent and diverse work environment.
Cyndi Phipps-Roman 503-569-0066