• Epidemiologist

    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(4 weeks ago)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    CPH Epidemiology
    Post End Date
  • Overview

    The Epidemiologist will be part of a dynamic team contributing to critical advancements in birth defects research at the Arkansas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention.  The Epidemiologist will independently perform and provide will provide expertise in management, analysis, and interpretation of birth defect, laboratory and research project data.  S/he will also provide research support for the Center Director and Center investigators in specific research projects. Under the direction of the Center Director and in collaboration with Center Investigators and the funding agency, the Epidemiologist will be responsible for maintaining and updating analysis procedures and protocols for data manipulation and quality assurance and control procedures for the Arkansas Center and research projects. Utilizes appropriate epidemiologic and statistical methods in data analysis using statistical software (e.g., SAS, STATA, SPSS, etc.), and various other databases, graphics, mapping, spreadsheet, and word processing applications. Will be responsible for becoming an expert in birth defects data, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Birth Defects Prevention Study and BD-STEPS databases.  Manipulate, clean, tabulate, and analyze large datasets (e.g., hospital discharge data, vital records) and create or utilize matching programs to link records using available identifiers.


    UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

    • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
    • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
    • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
    • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
    • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
    • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
    • Merchant Discounts
    • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy


    Salary: Negoitiable



    Under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI)/Director, serve as a member of the Study Management Team, working directly with co-investigators, study project officer(s), and other funded study sites across the U.S. in relation to daily research operations as follows:


    • Analyze birth defects data (e.g., prevalence, incidence, time trends, risk factors on various populations). 
    • Use various software programs (e.g., SAS, STATA, etc.) to generate complex data summaries, tables, charts, and graphic displays or to perform difficult manipulation of data. This includes database linkages (e.g., vital statistics, hospital discharge data, etc.).
    • Perform geospatial analysis using Arc GIS or other similar mapping software.
    • Design, oversee or participate in the production of summary data for epidemiologic and statistical updates, write reports for program review and assist in the preparation of annual and periodic data reports and related research studies.  
    • Research epidemiological literature to obtain information for inclusion in reports and studies recommending methods for reducing morbidity and mortality rates.
    • Develop and formulate procedures for validating the integrity of data and establishing and modifying databases used to document research. Will chart and survey data from other relevant data systems to improve data completeness and quality.
    • Conduct quality assurance and control activities and work in collaboration with data programmers to maintain relevant research databases. 
    • Identify risk factors associated with and descriptive epidemiology of etiology, morbidity and mortality of birth defects, conducting studies and researching information or research projects.
    • Author or co-author articles for publication in program newsletters and peer-reviewed literature; participates in the development (including writing, editing and/or formatting) of abstracts, posters, presentations, reports and publications for scientific journals. 
    • Assist in the preparation of grant applications, and other deliverables and will also support ongoing and new clinical and epidemiologic research.
    • Participate in responding to inquiries from funders and other stakeholders. 
    • Work with faculty, research and public health partners, community organizations and external organizations that collaborate with, or request data or reports from the Center. 
    • Respond to requests for epidemiological data as required. 
    • Serve as the liaison with the Arkansas Department of Health Vital Statistics for data linkage and subject identification.  Monitor the timely receipt of Department of Health data as needed.
    • Train faculty and staff on the use of databases and analytic research data programs.  Mentor interns, trainees and students as requested.
    • May perform other duties as assigned.


    Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

    • Able to work independently; highly motivated; ability to think through a logical sequence of necessary events.
    • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills in English.
    • Ability to multi-task and adapt to changing priorities.
    • Ability to work with multiple researchers, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds in a collegial and professional manner.
    • Experience in development of reports, graphs, charts and other visuals required. 
    • Proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint required.
    • Creativity and enthusiasm for work.

    Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or related field plus two (2) years of experience using statistical software (e.g., SAS, STAT, SPSS, R, etc.) for analysis of public health or clinical databases.  Strong skills in data management, including performing quality assurance, developing data dictionaries, routine updates. 


    Preferred Qualifications: Masters or Docotorate degree, plus 4 years of experience using statistical software (e.g., SAS, STAT, SPSS, R, etc.) for analysis of public health or clinical databases.  Experience with database linkage.  Excellent skills in data management, including performing quality assurance, developing data dictionaries, routine updates.


    UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.

    Physical Requirements

    Stand: Never
    Sit: Never
    Walk: Never
    Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Never
    Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 10 lbs or less
    Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Never
    Talk: Never
    Hear: Never
    Taste or smell: Never
    Read, concentrate, think analytically: Frequently
    Physical Environment: Inside Laboratory Environment, Inside Office Environment
    Noise Level: Moderate
    Visual Requirements: Not required
    Hazards: None


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