Senior Public Health Researcher/Epidemiologist - Minneapolis, MN

Career Posting: Senior Public Health Researcher/Epidemiologist

City of Minneapolis Health Department is seeking qualified candidates. To fill the position of Senior Public Health Researcher/Epidemiologist

Position Description: As the largest and most vibrant city in the state, Minneapolis depends on purposeful, dedicated and innovative employees. Minneapolis has a large variety of careers for people of all experiences and backgrounds who come together for a singular purpose--serving the residents, businesses and visitors of Minneapolis.The purpose of the Senior Public Health Researcher-Epidemiologist position is to perform program development, research, evaluation, and surveillance activities of critical importance and considerable difficulty in the practice of population-based public health. Under limited supervision, initiates and leads the planning, design, and implementation of epidemiologic, research, evaluation studies, and investigation and control of infectious disease outbreaks, including analysis, and reporting of findings. Works on a wide variety of health issues with the goal of reducing racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities and helps to track progress toward department and city goals. This position will also work closely with the Office of Violence Prevention on evaluation of violence prevention and intervention initiatives related to the reduction of gun violence and gang/group violence.

Position Requirements: Education: Masters Degree in Epidemiology, a closely related Research Field, or equivalent  Experience:  Two years experience performing duties similar to those listed above Equivalency:  An equivalent combination of education and experience closely related to the duties of the position may be considered.Selection Process: The selection process will consist of one or more of the following steps: a rating of relevant education and experience and/or an oral examination (100%). It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. This information will be used to determine which applicants will proceed in the selection process. A submitted application is also used to verify the answers to any supplemental questions.  Only those applicants who attain a passing score (70%) on each step in the selection process will be placed on the eligible list. The City of Minneapolis Human Resources Department reserves the right to limit the number in any phase of the selection process.Interview Selection: The hiring authority reserves the right to determine the maximum number of candidates to interview from the established eligible list.  If the hiring authority decides to interview other than by exam score order, they may select additional people to interview based on a candidate's education or experience related to the field, work history, or skills uniquely related to the operational needs of the position.Background Check: The City has determined that a criminal background check and/or qualifications check may be necessary for certain positions with this job title.  Applicants may be required to sign an informed consent form allowing the City to obtain their criminal history and/or verify their qualifications in connection with the position sought.  Applicants who do not sign the informed consent form will not be further considered for the position.Union Representation: This position is represented by a collective bargaining agreement between the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Public Employees Association (MPEA). For more information on the terms and conditions of this agreement please visit: List Statement: The names of applicants who meet minimum qualification and who pass the screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration.  This list will be certified to the hiring manager who may use the list to fill a vacancy of the same job title.  This eligible list will expire three (3) months after it has been established.Extensive knowledge of core public health functions; local, state, and national health problems and programs; health systems; and issues related to diverse urban and special needs communities.Various combinations of training and experience may qualify for this position. Advanced knowledge of epidemiology, state-of-the-art research designs and methodologies; evaluation methodologies, quantitative and qualitative analyses and reporting; determinants of health of populations; evaluation; and community health indicators, information dissemination.Significant experience using statistical analysis software such as SAS, SPSS, STATA. Experience designing and working with data in relational databases such as Access, Paradox, or others. Experience with spreadsheets such as Excel. Ability to use word processing software and to create graphs and presentations.Significant breadth of understanding of theories related to public health research such as behavior change and disease prevention.Extensive knowledge in the principles of measuring behavior, diseases, risk factors.Extensive demonstrated skill in quantitative and qualitative analyses including descriptive and inferential techniques.Ability to communicate effectively on complex social and scientific issues, orally and in writing, and excellent presentation skills; experience working with the media desirable.Grant-writing ability, including preparation of a statement of need, research hypotheses, and description of study methods.Ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment with multiple agencies, multidisciplinary teams, the public, diverse communities, health professionals, and elected officials.Ability to provide expert guidance, technical assistance, and training to staff in development of epidemiological principles, public health research; needs assessments; and health indicators systems.Ability to interpret statistical data and other information to a wide variety of audiences accurately, effectively, and concisely.Demonstrated ability to work with diverse and special need populations.Knowledge of federal and state data privacy laws and protections for human research subjects.A track record of obtaining grant funding and publishing in peer-reviewed journals is highly desirable.

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