This position will join our team that has been tracking SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater throughout the State of Wisconsin using wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE). Tracking pathogens in wastewater is a relatively new approach that shows great promise in monitoring populations for infectious diseases. This position will serve as an epidemiologist to the program by analyzing data collected from the Wisconsin Wastewater Monitoring Network and using advanced statistical techniques to review and interpret wastewater and COVID-19 case data from geographic areas. This position will be responsible for coordinating electronic data transfer from laboratory partners, uploading data to the Wisconsin dashboard and to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)/National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS). Data will be used to inform epidemiologic and programmatic decisions related to disease spread and infections. The epidemiologist will also be involved in the analysis of data for other pathogens monitored via wastewater, such as influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, and correlating wastewater findings with traditional public health surveillance data. This position will work with local public health agencies to provide technical assistance and training on the interpretation of wastewater data associated with the state monitoring network. In addition, this position will collaborate with researchers throughout the University of Wisconsin system as well as with Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and CDC to continue the development of a robust wastewater surveillance program, publish manuscripts, and promote efficiencies in data workflows. The position will also be responsible for tracking grant deliverables and providing routine progress reports to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Education: PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics or closely related field is required.
Provides research expertise to fundamental and applied scientific research and develops, designs, and conducts one or more moderately complex research projects to support the advancement of research.
20% Collects and analyzes complex research data, conducts experiments and interviews, and documents results according to established policies and procedures
20% Conducts literature reviews, prepares reports and materials, authors or co-authors publications, and disseminates information to appropriate entities through various communication mediums
5% Trains individuals and groups on equipment operations, research protocols, and techniques within a specialized laboratory or research area
10% Develops and implements complex research projects, methodologies, procedures, and criteria
15% Reviews and evaluates results
5% Assists with writing and submitting grant applications and proposals to secure research funding
5% Provides operational guidance on day-to-day activities of unit or program staff and student workers
20% Serves as Epidemiologist for the Wisconsin Wastewater Monitoring Network using wastewater-based epidemiology. This program tracks pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater.
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Required PhD or other terminal degree, or a degree at least one level above the level of instruction, or otherwise approved as qualified by the Dean PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics or closely related field is required.
Experience working in the field of epidemiology, environmental health and/or public health in a professional or academic setting is required. Experiences and attributes must include: - Experience applying epidemiology study design and analysis methods - Ability to create, clean and manipulate large datasets - Expertise in statistical analysis of data using SAS, R or equivalent statistical software - Experience in preparation and publication of scientific reports, peer reviewed manuscripts and public facing dashboards - Excellent verbal and written communication skills - Ability to work both independently and with a team Candidates with knowledge of microbiology and infectious diseases will be preferred. Candidates with experience analyzing whole genomic sequencing data is desirable.
Full Time: 100%
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Terminal, 21 month appointment. This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding
Minimum $70,000 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications
This position is located within DHS, Division of Public Health (DPH) and is maintained through a contract and ongoing partnership with the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH). WSLH serves as the public, environmental, and occupational health laboratory for the State of Wisconsin and is part of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. This position will work within the Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health (BEOH) in the Environmental Epidemiology and Surveillance (EES) Section.
How to Apply:
To begin the application process please click on the "Apply Now" button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV, a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position, and a document listing contact information for three (3) references, including at least one supervisor.
If you have questions, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kelsey Bailey, 608-262-5594.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
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