Syndromic Surveillance Lead | RESEARCH SCIENTIST II (EPIDEMIOLOGY/BIOSTATISTICS)
California Department of Public Health
Location: Sacramento, California
Salary: $7,152.00 - $8,889.00 monthly
Academic / Research
Internal Number: JC-341227
The Research Scientist II (RS II) (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) works under the general supervision of the Research Scientist Supervisor I (Epidemiology/Biostatistics), Chief, Surveillance and Research Unit of the Substance and Addiction Prevention Branch. The RS II plans, organizes, and carries out scientific research studies of moderate scientific scope and complexity and participates in the development, implementation, and management of surveillance and research studies related to substance misuse and overdose using syndromic data. The RS II will evaluate and prepare data sources, develop surveillance and research indicators and tools, conduct ongoing analyses and surveillance, design and maintain data visualization platforms, and write up reports, data briefs, and manuscripts for dissemination to diverse audiences. The RS II will be responsible for ensuring the scientific quality of all administrative and research reporting requirements. Light in-state travel will be required. Some overnight stays may be required.
This position is eligible for telework in accordance with CDPH’s Telework Policies and Procedures.
This is a 12 month limited-term full-time position that may be extended or become permanent.
In order to be considered for this position, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts official or un-official and/or Degree for education verification
Required Application Package Documents
The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:
Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
Resume is required and must be included.
Statement of Qualifications -
Please see Statement of Qualifications instructions below at end of posting. Any applications received that do not provide a written response to the SOQ will not be scored/reviewed.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.
Statement of Qualifications (SOQ)
Responses to the Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) will be used to pre-screen applicants for this position. The SOQ is not to exceed two pages, using 12-point font with 1-inch margins. The SOQ must be included with your State Application in order to be considered for this position.
1) Describe how your experience and skills are relevant to this position.
2) Describe your experience conducting data analyses and creating data visualizations (e.g., data dashboards, geographic displays, graphs, tables). As part of your response, please indicate which software(s) you used.
3) Describe your experience disseminating research or surveillance findings to scientific audiences (e.g., articles, reports, data briefs) and lay audiences (e.g., fact sheets, content for websites).
You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.
In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
Excellent communication, both oral and written
Ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment
Ability to handle multiple priorities
Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team including both scientific and non-scientific staff
Experience writing reports and conducting presentations for public health audiences
Proficiency in the use of statistical software (e.g., SAS) to manage and analyze public health-related data
Experience developing and maintaining data dashboards (e.g., RShiny, Tableau)
Knowledge of behavioral health, substance use, and addiction research
Knowledge of health equity and social determinants of health research
At the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our mission to advance the health and well-being of California’s diverse people and communities. We are genuinely and strongly committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness where we can grow and learn together with a diverse team of employees. In recruiting for team members, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring to us and the work we do.
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