COVID-19 Epidemiologist

As part of the emergency response to the pandemic caused by COVID-19, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) COVID-19 Epidemiological Operations Unit is seeking epidemiologists to assist with case investigation and contact tracing and has retained Knowledge Services to assist with the placement.

Job Information

Overview & Responsibilities

This position is part of a team that works on all areas of the surveillance, prevention, and policy development for COVID-19.

The primary role of this position is to help support the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of COVID-19 surveillance and prevention efforts.  This position may be asked to support other programs, as needed.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting routine surveillance activities
  • Assuring data quality
  • Performing epidemiological analyses
  • Preparing and presenting summary reports
  • Assisting with outbreak investigations
  • Communicating with the public
  • Collaborating with community partners and clinicians
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills Requirements

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Experience with data collection, analysis, and production of reports
  • Previous experience working on infectious disease surveillance (preferred)
  • Intermediate or advanced skills with data management and analysis systems (MS Excel/Access, SAS, etc.)
  • Ability to multitask in a high energy, fast paced environment
  • Dependable and flexible to changes as we work our way through this pandemic
  • Strong time management skills (organization, prioritization, multitasking)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team

Additional Information

These new positions will be hired on a short-term basis, which is currently planned to be 6-12 months.

The roles will be on-site at RIDOH, remote work may be available after a 4-6-week training period and a competency assessment.

Priority will be given to applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Applicants available for full-time work (35 hours/week)
  • Applicants that are able to work through at least 6 months
  • Applicants who work well in a team environment