Rutgers School of Public Health, partnered with the Communicable Disease Service at the New Jersey Department of Health, is hiring an infectious disease epidemiologist with the necessary education, training, and experience to investigate and respond to communicable diseases in New Jersey, specifically antimicrobial resistant organisms. This epidemiologist position is for the Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Coordinator. This position will be in the CDS at NJDOH and will be stationed in Trenton, NJ.
Duties of the epidemiologist include overseeing the implementation of antimicrobial resistance surveillance, response, and prevention and developing collaborative relationships with health professionals at the local, state, and federal level regarding issues related to antimicrobial resistance. Specific anticipated duties include:
Perform epidemiologic evaluations and investigations pertaining to healthcare-associated infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs), including a single case as well as outbreak situations.
Provide guidance and oversight to local health departments and regional epidemiologists regarding disease surveillance, investigation, and reporting of MDROs.
Assist in the development of laboratory-based surveillance to improve statewide surveillance and reporting for MDROs.
Conduct analysis of available MDRO surveillance data to describe the regional epidemiology of drug resistance on a regular basis and disseminate relevant findings to public health and healthcare partners.
Assist in developing data-driven goals and public health initiatives to identify and prevent MDROs in New Jersey.
Prepare scientific manuscripts, reports and presentations pertaining to epidemiologic evaluations and surveillance for diseases caused by MDROs that will contribute to public health knowledge and programs.
Oversee all activities involved in the legislatively-mandated reporting of MRSA data by acute-care hospitals to NJDOH via CDC's Nationals Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
Assist in the education of public health care partners, primarily healthcare providers, public health officials and the general public about MDROs and antimicrobial stewardship.
Assist NJDOH staff in writing grant applications in an effort to secure funding for initiatives related to monitoring, containing, and/or preventing diseases caused by MDROs.
Provide on-call coverage for after-hours CDS emergency service on a rotating basis.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Epidemiology or an equivalent degree in a related field with at least 1-2 years of experience in public health disease surveillance and/or statistical or other research methods.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to collect, tabulate, and interpret data through Excel, SAS, or R is required. Successful candidates will have a working knowledge of the theories and basic principles of public health and disease surveillance and experience in project/program management, facilitation, and public speaking. Experience or prior coursework in micro or molecular biology, pharmacy, infection prevention, and/or healthcare is preferred.
Posting Number: 19FA1702
Location: Off Campus
Internal Number: 93651
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