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OPS EPIDEMIOLOGIST/ BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST III- 64906223 1

Date: Sep 11, 2020

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Requisition No: 215023 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: OPS EPIDEMIOLOGIST/ BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST III- 64906223 1

Position Number: 64906223 

Salary:  $28.00 

Posting Closing Date: 12/21/2020 

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH BROWARD COUNTY

EPIDEMIOLOGIST / BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST III

THIS POSITION IS LOCATED IN BROWARD COUNTY

THIS POSITION IS PENDING RE-CLASSIFICATION

OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY

 

 

This is an OPS (Other Personal Services) positions and as such no paid time off is offered. Health benefits will be offered for full-time employment.  OPS employees are eligible to participate in a deferred compensation plan.  This is a temporary position with duties associated with COVID-19 response.  This is not a remote position.

 

We request that all applications be completed with People First - no faxed or mailed applications to the agency. Experience, education, and/or training used to meet the minimum qualifications and in response to the qualifying questions must be verifiable through information contained in your application.

When completing the online application, all gaps of employment or education greater than 90 days starting from high school must be explained (approximate date, month, and year) identifying company name or if unemployed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

DESCRIPTION OF POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

The incumbent of the position will serve as an epidemiologist responsible for carrying out a full range of complex epidemiologic and surveillance activities including investigations and contact tracing of Covid 19 cases.

This an advanced professional position in a county wide disease prevention program.  The position requires utilization of complex epidemiologic analytic techniques and involves collection of information regarding individual case reports as well as participation in outbreak investigations.  More specifically the position would include the following:

Conducting complex research studies for surveillance of disease and disease syndromes (of individuals and population outbreaks) to include diseases associated with food, water, and those suspected of being due to weapons of mass destruction biological agents.  This process would include interviewing individuals and writing up these reports so they can be submitted to the electronic database.  This may also entail questionnaire and interview design.  Will also advise patients regarding their disease and how to prevent future occurrence  (if the disease can recur).

Initiate case investigations or reported diseases on the direction of surveillance and investigation supervisors during specified time intervals.  This may include appropriate and targeted field investigations and notification of managers for appropriate action.   The position involves looking at the data entered and writing reports.  Also, provide oral and written presentations to both health department employees and the community thus providing education. 

Serve as lead school health syndromic surveillance user for the epidemiology section and as a resource to other DOH-Broward sections as needed.

Investigate specialized research projects outcome and give recommendations. 

Communication--Participate in teleconferences, EpiCom, and various meetings where regional and state information is shared.  Will visit and consult with community health care providers giving information to the current reporting requirements for communicable disease.

Other Related duties as required.

 

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of the terminology, principles and techniques used in biological and epidemiological research, analysis or testing.
  • Knowledge and understanding of microbiology and pathology of bacteria and viruses.
  • Knowledge of food and waterborne diseases.
  • Knowledge of the methods of data collection and analysis. Knowledge of the methods of data collection and database development.
  • Knowledge and understanding of statistical software.
  • Knowledge of Hospital Epidemiology/Infection Control practices.
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues in environmental and occupational health protection, as well as exposure pathways and hazards in the workplace and the environment.
  • Knowledge of syndromic surveillance systems (ESSENCE, school base systems).
  • Skill in the use of investigative and interview techniques.
  • Ability to collect record and analyze scientific data relating to the biological sciences.
  • Ability to conduct biological research studies or analyses using scientific methods and techniques.
  • Ability to perform quantitative analysis of scientific data.
     
    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • Research experience.
  • Available on weekends and holidays in support of epidemiologic investigations.
  • Willing to be a team leader on an EPI Strike Team if needed.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable automobile to be utilized for work purposes. 
  • MPH  or higher in Epidemiology or MSPH in Epidemiology or Biostatistics from an accredited college or university.
     
    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
     
  • Experience with contact tracing investigations.
     
     
    Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency.  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.
    This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.
    You will be required to provide proof of education in the form of a degree or transcript.
    The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.
    Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov
    If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.
     
     
     
     

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.


Nearest Major Market: Fort Lauderdale
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami