The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) School of Medicine is recruiting for an Epidemiologist for the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health. The Foodborne Disease Laboratory Epidemiologist will function as a liaison between the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Outbreak Response Bureau (IDEORB) and the MDH Laboratories Administration, the state public health laboratory for foodborne and antibiotic-resistant infectious diseases.
This position is responsible for establishing and maintaining regular bi-directional communications between the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA) IDEORB and the Laboratories Administration, their internal and external partners and clients, and CDC. The Epidemiologist assists in the development and implementation of foodborne and other infectious disease surveillance and outbreak response activities and specimen collection/submission procedures. The position facilitates seminars and meetings conducted to train laboratorians to perform new foodborne infectious disease-related and Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) testing methods, educates health care providers on specimen submission procedures and reporting protocols; and assists and guides public health partners as they detect and respond to foodborne disease infections in their respective jurisdictions. The epidemiologist will review infectious disease, including AMD, data and submit regular reports to CDC and other public health entities summarizing key findings about emerging or changing trends, key resistance mechanisms, and outbreak response investigations.
Program activities will be conducted in collaboration with Maryland local health departments, other state health departments, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), clinical laboratories serving Maryland residents, and other federal, state and local partners. These program activities will complement the surveillance and outbreak investigation functions of the MDH Prevention and Health Promotion Administration's Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Outbreak Response Bureau, whose purpose is to prevent and/or reduce the incidence of communicable diseases in Maryland.
This is a contractual, grant-funded position located at the Maryland State Office Building at 201 W. Preston Street.
UMB offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to eligible employees. This contractual position offers a generous leave package of 10 vacation days, 3 personal days, 8 holidays, and 5 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and supplemental retirement options; professional learning and development opportunities; and limited tuition remission for employees enrolled at UMB.
Review foodborne disease laboratory data and ensure timely data entry into the laboratory information system, and submit reports to CDC and other public health entities in collaboration with the CDC and other partners.
Assist in the development and implementation of foodborne disease surveillance and response activities and procedures for specimen collection / submission and test request authorization.
Establish and maintain bi-directional communications between the lab and its internal and external partners, including IDEORB, the CDC, and the FDA.
Assist with the analysis and presentation of foodborne and antibiotic-resistant disease data including written and oral summaries of project findings for local, regional, and national partners and other audiences, including scientific audiences.
Facilitate seminars and meetings conducted to assist laboratorians and local health departments with foodborne and antibiotic-resistant infectious disease testing methods, educate health care providers about the state public health laboratory specimen submission procedures and reporting protocols, and assist partners with foodborne disease detection and response.
Assist with the preparation of programmatic reports including the development, distribution, and follow-up of monthly data and programmatic quality assurance reports.
Participate in MDH Laboratories Administration and Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Outbreak Response Bureau (IDEORB) activities including emergency and other response activities, the on-call system, and other projects as needed.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Education: Master's degree in Epidemiology, Health Science or related discipline.
Preferred: Coursework in infectious diseases, microbiology, epidemiology, and/or biostatistics.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of computer software, statistical software.
Knowledge of epidemiological research, methodology, epidemiologic data collection procedures, and epidemiologic study and analysis design.
Ability to manage projects or tasks within a project that involves a multi-discipline team.
Ability to communicate scientific and technical ideas both verbally and in writing appropriate to the audience--with scientific jargon for other researchers and in an accessible manner for non-scientists; writing samples may be requested.
Ability to work independently.
Knowledge of microbiology and medical terminology preferred.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience.
If accommodations are needed, contact Staffing & Career Services at 410-706-2606, Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy.
Job: Reg or CII Non-Exempt Staff - E3315D
Employee Class Exempt Contingent II
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Organization: School of Medicine - Epidemiology and Public Health
Job Posting: Jan 13, 2020
Unposting Date: Feb 4, 2020, 4:59:00 AM
Internal Number: 142461
About University of Maryland, Baltimore
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, global health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.