COVID-19 Corps- Tribal Nation Health Scientist

at CDC Foundation (view profile)
Location RAPID CITY, South Dakota
Date Posted June 28, 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 CDC Foundation seeks candidates for a full time Data/Health Scientist or Epidemiologist to support the work of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board on COVID-19 and other emergency response activities. Priorities include developing mathematical models, use of geographic information systems and spatial statistics/cluster detection tools, and other epidemiological methodologies to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious diseases.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with the nation’s lead agency charged with protecting the public's health. The CDC Foundation offers a competitive salary and attractive benefits package.


· Collaborate with all agencies and external groups providing public health surveillance and analytic support in response to COVID-19, especially at the tribal level.

· Develop database systems and corresponding procedures and protocols for data entry, management, and routine analysis of public health surveillance data.

· Develop dashboards and other reports for providing up-to-date disease information for decision makers and for informing the public on the status of CoVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

· Perform statistical analysis using the SAS, SPSS, R, ArcGIS, and/or other statistical programming language on COVID-19 and other emergency data to complete reports and data extracts, as needed.

· Develop or adapt and interpret existing mathematical models for predicting CoVID-19 disease transmission in the Great Plains Region, include assessing the need for parameterizing models with locally derived contact data.

· Provide training of frontline staff on the use of data management and analysis for identifying and monitoring at-risk populations.

· Communicate scientific and general information regarding COVID-19 and other emergency data to a variety of audiences including policy makers and public health professionals.

· Perform other COVID-19 and other emergency response-related duties as assigned.


• Doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in the United States in biostatistics, bioinformatics, epidemiology, or related field with similar emphasis on data/health science, or a master's degree in these fields and a minimum of 3 years of related professional experience.

• Demonstrated experience in the development and maintenance of complex databases and data visualizing tools

• At least 3 years of experience using statistical software packages (e.g. R, SAS, SPSS) for cleaning, managing, and analyzing public health data.

• Previous professional experience in developing and interpreting infectious disease transmission models – including compartmental and agent-based models.

• Demonstrated experience using ArcGIS or other mapping software for describing spatial distribution of disease occurrence in the Great Plains Region.

• Previous experience in teaching and/or mentoring in data management and analysis.

• Experience compiling, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information from various written or verbal sources with a high-level accuracy to diverse audiences with varying levels of health literacy.

• Strong problem-solving ability.

• Ability to effectively work independently and within a team environment.

• Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with national, state, tribal, and other partners in various agencies.

• Cultural competence in working with tribal organizations required

• Experience working with tribal organizations required

• Language skills in a specific Native American language preferred


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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