WVU Research Corporation Epidemiologist in Morgantown, West Virginia

Description Purpose This position will provide direct support to WV DHHR’s Violence and Injury Prevention Program (WV VIPP) and WVU’s Injury Control Research Center (ICRC). Specifically, this position will perform full-performance level data analysis and data information dissemination to fulfill requirements of the sub-recipient agreement. Additionally, the position will provide support to the collaborative effort of WV VIPP and WVU ICRC to prepare data on drug overdose and injury-related morbidity, mortality, and costs.

This position provides program, as well as direct internal and external client support services. Responds to inquiries and resolves matters of low to moderate complexity. Responsibilities require general theoretical knowledge, as well as some judgement, resourcefulness and originality. Diverse guides and precedents are available to apply or adapt to the circumstances. Work effort has considerable impact on client services, program and project image with potential legal liabilities.

Duties & Responsibilities Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under general supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to: 1) Acquire, prepare and structure multiple data sets from multiple sources owned and maintained within WV government agencies, including: a. opioid/opiate overdose death data from the WV Health Statistics Center b. opioid/opiate overdose morbidity data from WV emergency rooms from the WV Office of Epidemiology and Prevention services c. ambulance run data on opioid/opiate overdose cases from the WV Office of Emergency Medical Services d. data on prescriber and patient behavior from the state Controlled Substance Monitoring Program (CSMP). 2) Analyze these data to track indicators required by the CDC Prevention for States program, and create reports summarizing these indicators and other measures for the WV VIPP and CDC, in accordance with CDC guidelines. 3) Support the WV VIPP and the WVU ICRC by identifying, acquiring preparing, structuring and analyzing additional data sets that provide information about opioid/opiate overdose morbidity and mortality, as well as other relevant injury outcomes and mechanisms in West Virginia.

Supervisory/Lead Role This position reports to the ICRC Deputy Director. Normally receives general instructions on routine work and detailed instructions on new assignments. Will receive guidance when a difficulty arises in a current project or situation. May offer input on determining methods or procedures. General sharing of knowledge and team participation is expected in this role. Program, project or activity lead and work coordination may be assigned in this position.

Physical Demands This position requires manual dexterity used in operating office equipment. Work activities may require the use of elevators and/or stairs. Activities are predominantly non-manual.

Work Environment Works in standard office atmosphere with shared space and equipment. Incumbent is responsible to know and comply with all safety precautions and procedures. In-state travel is required.

Requirements 3) An equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

Certifications, Licenses, Registrations 1) Valid driver’s license

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities 1) Proficiency in SAS software. 2) Knowledge in epidemiology and public health. 3) Knowledge in injury research. 4) Experience in data management and analysis. 5) Experience in writing peer-reviewed articles. 6) Experience in developing competitive grant proposals. 7) Exceptional communication skills including a demonstrated ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups or individuals. 8) Ability to work productively in a team of faculty, staff and students. 9) Ability to accomplish work and communications electronically via email. Phone and teleconferencing. 10) Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries.

Behavioral Competencies 1) Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assess strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others. 2) Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely. 3) Internal & External Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others. 4) Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information. 5) Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values. 6) Self-Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercise discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.

Requisition Number: 16-0121

Post Date: 9/2/2016

Title: Epidemiologist

Position Type: Full Time

Work Hours: 40 hpw

City: Morgantown

State: WV