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Job# 6777 - Epidemiologist BRFSS (Helena, MT)
Full Time
Posted: June 13, 2013
Closes: July 6, 2013

Training Assignment: This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.

Special Information: Are you ready to join a team of professionals dedicated to improving the health of Montana's citizens? Are you interested in a career location where you can work and play? This position is an Epidemiologist assigned to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) with the Department of Public Health and Human Services. We are looking for employees who can help us to provide services to promote healthy people, healthy communities. For this position we offer yearly benefits, which include: A contribution of $8,796/year towards health, life, dental, and optional vision insurance; Choice between two defined retirement benefit plans and an optional 457(b) deferred compensation; Fifteen days paid vacation, twelve days sick leave, and ten paid holidays.

Successful applicant(s) will be subject to: Criminal History Background Check

Duties: The Epidemiologist studies the occurrence of disease and other health-related conditions or events in defined populations in order to implement prevention and control measures. This position is responsible for management and analyses of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. Responsibilities include:

  1. Analyzing surveillance data such as health indicators, risk factors, and disease surveillance information;
  2. Analyzing programmatic and service-related data;
  3. Designing, coordinating, and managing special surveillance and/or evaluation procedures where there is no other existing data available;
  4. Developing and conducting various trainings related to epidemiological and program evaluation issues; and
  5. Designing and conducting program evaluations.


Required for the first day of work:

  • Skill in programming in Statistical Analysis System (SAS) or Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). 
  • Ability to manipulate and analyze large, complex data sets.
  • Skill in descriptive and inferential statistical analysis.
  • Ability to identify relationships and trends in data as well as factors that could affect the results of research.
  • Ability to identify problems, researching to develop and implement solutions.
  • Ability to combine pieces of information to form conclusions.
  • Skill in public speaking.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills for a variety of audiences.
  • Skill in writing technical reports or grants.

Education/Experience: Master's degree in Epidemiology, Statistics, or a closely related degree. Three years of job related experience in epidemiology. Experience in Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System or other population based surveillance programs preferred. Other combinations of directly related education and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Supplemental Questions: None Required

Additional Materials Required: None Required

For more info please see https://svc.mt.gov/statejobsearch/listingdetails.aspx?id=10137

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