COVID-19 Corps Data Scientist

at CDC Foundation (view profile)
Location Indiana, Indiana
Date Posted October 21, 2020
Category Public Health
Job Type Full Time


The CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations, organizations and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world. The CDC Foundation is the sole entity authorized by Congress to mobilize philanthropic partners and private-sector resources to support CDC’s critical health protection mission. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has launched approximately 1,000 programs and has served as a strategic partner to CDC during public health emergencies. This is an outstanding opportunity to work with the nation’s lead agency charged with protecting the public's health.

The Data Scientist will direct and conduct epidemiological and technical support for Indiana’s COVID-19 data and public health response. This position will specifically focus on generating actionable insights and information on contact tracing data to ensure the State is being as responsive as possible to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the Data Scientist is responsible for data analysis, preparation of written and oral reports for a variety of audiences and having some technical expertise such as SQL. SAS or a similar statistical software experience is required. This position also assists with the development of policy initiatives, systems-level changes, and environmental changes to support improved health outcomes for Indiana during this Pandemic.

The Data Scientist works independently under the supervision of Senior Data Professionals at the State of Indiana across the State Department of Health, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, and other agencies directly involved in the COVID-19 response. The Data Scientist must use considerable, mature, and professional judgment and insight to solve complex problems that frequently arise. General goals, objectives and problems effecting agency policy and practices are discussed with superiors, but incumbent utilizes own initiative in performing and coordinating epidemiological research efforts of the department. General methodology and handling of procedures are at the discretion of the incumbent. Work is done within state and federal guidelines and budget limitations. Work is reviewed by superiors for compliance with policy and agency program goals.
•    Ensure contact tracing data is managed effect5ively and is accessible to analysts in order to generate actionable insights to inform Indiana’s public health officials;
•    Oversee input on information system report processes and act as a subject matter expert for all COVID-19 contact tracing analytics;
•    Collaborate with all agencies and external groups providing public health surveillance support and data & analytics support to the Indiana COVID-19 response;
•    Effectively communicate scientific, technical, and general information regarding COVID-19 data to a variety of audiences including policy makers and public health professionals;
•    Design Dashboard metrics and performance measures related to COVID-19 contact tracing and other COVID-19 efforts;
•    Work as the State point of contact for all federal evaluators and external partners to assure appropriate Data is being generated and used to make actionable decisions;
•    Perform statistical analysis and basic data management using the SAS, SPSS, or other statistical programming language on Indiana’s COVID-19 data to complete the above reports and data extracts

•    A Masters degree in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology or related degree from an accredited university plus three (3) years of full-time experience is strongly encouraged.
•    Thorough knowledge of public health principles and practices, epidemiology, and biostatistics.
•    Experience in the use of statistical software for data analysis (R, Python, SAS, etc).
•    Ability to analyze and interpret disease data from a wide variety of data sources.
•    Ability to initiate, conduct, and report on disease control and epidemiological studies and research.
•    Ability to provide technical assistance to the health care and public health communities.
•    Ability to effectively work independently and within a team environment.
•    Extensive ability to communicate with health care and public health professionals, policy makers, agency staff, and the general public both verbally and in writing.
•    Advanced experience in the writing of formal reports and articles.
•    Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with national, state, and local partners in various governmental, private, and voluntary agencies.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disabilities, veteran status, and all other characteristics protected by law. We comply with all applicable laws including E.O. 11246 and the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 governing employment practices and do not discriminate on the basis of any unlawful criteria in accordance with 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-300.5(a)(12) and 60-741.5(a)(7). As a federal government contractor, we take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.
The CDC Foundation is a smoke-free environment.
Relocation expenses are not included.


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