Job no: 230480-AS
Work type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Grant, Research, Contract Management, Health Care, Medical, Social Services, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

This position is located in the Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Public Health (DPH), Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health (BEOH), Environmental Epidemiology and Surveillance Section and is maintained through a contract and ongoing partnership with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's Department of Population Health Sciences.

The incumbent provides epidemiologic leadership within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) grant-funded Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) program to develop tools to increase the accessibility and availability of data on health outcomes and related environmental hazards and exposures. Responsibilities include: using SAS to compile, prepare, and submit complex datasets and accompanying metadata to CDC semi-annually; developing XML schema and performing validation procedures to ensure that submitted data are accurately represented on national and state portals; developing and implementing specifications for new data topics on the Wisconsin EPHT public data portal through collaboration with intra-agency and external partners; maintaining schedule of data submissions and data updates to coordinate data releases to the portal; regularly compiling list of portal-specific feedback for external contractors; and maintaining an active presence and providing leadership on national EPHT workgroups (e.g., Content Workgroup and Standards and Network Development, etc.) as relevant to the needs of the program.

The incumbent also conducts epidemiologic analyses related to specified health effects with links to environmental factors, using data available on the state and national portal and disseminates findings to appropriate audiences. The incumbent provides epidemiologic expertise to incident-specific responses within the Bureau and conducts epidemiological investigations and surveillance of exposure to environmental agents related to specific diseases and newly reportable conditions. The incumbent interfaces with local public health and other stakeholders to properly report conditions and address case-specific issues. The incumbent leads the development of peer-reviewed manuscripts, surveillance briefs, and presentations to the scientific community at professional conferences.

Under the guidance of the principal investigator, the incumbent contributes to the development and submission of federal grants and cooperative agreements, and assists with reporting to CDC on performance measures and progress reports. The incumbent also provides mentoring and oversight to interns working on data activities within the program. This position meets with federal, state, regional and local health and environmental agencies ensuring that the DPH, BEOH and Section goals and objectives are achieved.

The incumbent will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, technical expertise in standard Microsoft Office applications and SAS statistical analysis software, working technical knowledge related to statistical software applications, and internet navigation skills particularly for resources related to epidemiology.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Master's degree in epidemiology, biostatistics or closely-related field; doctoral degree preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Required Qualifications:
Minimum of three years of experience working in the field of epidemiology, environmental health and/or public health.
Ability to create, clean, and manipulate large datasets.
Expertise in statistical analysis of data.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Experience in the development of scientific questionnaires and compilation and analysis of data from questionnaires.
Technical expertise in SAS statistical software and standard Microsoft Office applications.
Ability to work independently.
Ability and willingness to travel occasionally (in Wisconsin and out of state).

Preferred qualifications:
Ability to coordinate and maintain new and ongoing partnerships with public and private entities.
Experience in the development of grant applications.
Experience in preparation of grant-required and scientific reports and manuscripts is strongly preferred.
Use of GIS technology preferred.

Additional Information:

The incumbent must be able to work independently; coordinate and maintain new and ongoing partnerships with public and private entities; be able to create and manipulate large datasets; collect, enter, and statistically analyze data; efficiently navigate internet information sources; apply scientific literature for public health purposes; and effectively use SAS and standard Microsoft Office applications. Comfort and skill in oral presentations and use of GIS technology are preferred.



Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 80% - 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $56,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process please click on the '' button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV and a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the
position. You will also be asked to provide contact information for three (3) references, including at least one current or former supervisor.


Nick Harding
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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https://hr.wisc.edu/title-and-total-compensation-study/ .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .

Applications Open: Jan 22 2021 Central Standard Time
Applications Close: Feb 19 2021 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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