University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 230480

Position Summary:
This position is located in the Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Public Health (DPH), Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health (BEOH), Environmental Epidemiology and Surveillance Section and is maintained through a contract and ongoing partnership with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's Department of Population Health Sciences.

The incumbent provides epidemiologic leadership within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) grant-funded Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) program to develop tools to increase the accessibility and availability of data on health outcomes and related environmental hazards and exposures. Responsibilities include: using SAS to compile, prepare, and submit complex datasets and accompanying metadata to CDC semi-annually; developing XML schema and performing validation procedures to ensure that submitted data are accurately represented on national and state portals; developing and implementing specifications for new data topics on the Wisconsin EPHT public data portal through collaboration with intra-agency and external partners; maintaining schedule of data submissions and data updates to coordinate data releases to the portal; regularly compiling list of portal-specific feedback for external contractors; and maintaining an active presence and providing leadership on national EPHT workgroups (e.g., Content Workgroup and Standards and Network Development, etc.) as relevant to the needs of the program.

The incumbent also conducts epidemiologic analyses related to specified health effects with links to environmental factors, using data available on the state and national portal and disseminates findings to appropriate audiences. The incumbent provides epidemiologic expertise to incident-specific responses within the Bureau and conducts epidemiological investigations and surveillance of exposure to environmental agents related to specific diseases and newly reportable conditions. The incumbent interfaces with local public health and other stakeholders to properly report conditions and address case-specific issues. The incumbent leads the development of peer-reviewed manuscripts, surveillance briefs, and presentations to the scientific community at professional conferences.

Under the guidance of the principal investigator, the incumbent contributes to the development and submission of federal grants and cooperative agreements, and assists with reporting to CDC on performance measures and progress reports. The incumbent also provides mentoring and oversight to interns working on data activities within the program. This position meets with federal, state, regional and local health and environmental agencies ensuring that the DPH, BEOH and Section goals and objectives are achieved.

The incumbent will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, technical expertise in standard Microsoft Office applications and SAS statistical analysis software, working technical knowledge related to statistical software applications, and internet navigation skills particularly for resources related to epidemiology.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Principal duties:
RESP1: Conducts increasingly complex epidemiological analyses related to specified health effects with links to environmental factors, provides support to incident-specific responses, and responds to routine data requests. [30%]
RESP2: Conducts literature reviews; publishes surveillance briefs and peer-reviewed manuscripts; and disseminates information through presentations at professional conferences [20%].
RESP3: Trains interns on compilation and submission of data for publication on the public EPHT data portal; provides mentorship and oversight to interns. [10%]
RESP4: Develops and implements compilation and submission of data for fall and spring EPHT data calls. Maintain active presence, providing leadership on national workgroups including content workgroups and relevant subteams. [15%]
RESP5: Reviews and edits existing protocols and develops and implements specifications for new data topics on the public EPHT data portal to ensure accuracy, thoroughness, and consistency; maintain and develop partnerships with data stewards as appropriate. [20%]
RESP6: Assists in developing federal EPHT grant applications and annual progress reports and supplemental funding applications; assists with additional activities to meet program goals/objectives. [5%]

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