Medical Epidemiologist
Public Health - Seattle & King County - Seattle, WA

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Under the direction of the Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization Section Disease Control Officer (DCO), this position will conduct public health program activities and provide supervision, program planning and epidemiological technical support to Section program staff, including bio-emergency preparedness and response activities.
The position requires knowledge of communicable disease epidemiology, pathogenesis, and corresponding public health disease control and prevention measures.
Suitable candidates will have a MD degree (Doctor of Medicine), and non-MD candidates will have: DVM degree (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), or PhD degree, and a MPH degree (Master's in Public Health) or related degree or equivalent experience such as Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer.

Disclaimer: Non-MD candidates will be subject to a different salary range (Salary Range 75: $98,567.46 - $124,939.78 Annually).

Work Location: Downtown Seattle, Chinook Building, 4015th Avenue, Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98104.

Work Schedule: The normal work week is Monday through Friday. It is FLSA exempt and therefore not overtime eligible.

Contact: If you have questions regarding this job announcement, please call Nic Horea, Human Resources Analyst at (206)263-8736 or at

King County Online Application.


Letter of Interest detailing your background and describing how you meet or exceed the requirements listed in this job announcement.
You can attach multiple documents if necessary or required, such as your resume and letter of interest to your electronic application. Your options are:

Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.

Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.
Please Note: Your application will be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the requested and relevant information in the on-line application and include the information only on the letter of interest and/or resume. Applications that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. Resumes and cover letters are not accepted in lieu of a completed job application.

Examples of Duties:
Develop, review, revise and implement communicable disease investigation and response protocols and procedures using public health practice standards, where applicable.

Provide technical assistance to staff and health care providers on public health management of communicable diseases and other conditions of public health significance.

Identify data needed to guide and evaluate public health programs.

Provide leadership in design, implementation and evaluation of surveillance systems, databases, special projects, and for related program activities.

Develop applications for competitive research grants and write renewals and reports to funding agencies.

Report relevant information and research findings via scientific publications, reports, lectures, seminars, press releases, planning documents and community meetings; coordinate the dissemination of data and data analyzes.

Supervise Section staff including epidemiologists and disease investigators.

Assist in the development of project budgets.

Conduct and supervise epidemiological analyzes to identify health disparities and prevention opportunities for populations at increased risk for disease.

Interpret data in light of current epidemiological, health services, and public health practice knowledge and research.

Identify and prioritize key health issues for program development and strategic planning.

Function as a technical liaison to partner organizations.

Attend meetings and participate in activities to represent the Section and/or DCO (Disease Control Officer).

Other job functions:
Conduct lectures and training for health care providers and trainees in health professions and public health.

Provide training and supervision for CDC assignees and graduate students in public health fields.

Participate in public health planning and policy meetings as requested.

Make public presentations on a wide range of health issues.

Perform related duties as required.

At least two years of progressively responsible experience in epidemiological research, bio statistics or a public health field with at least one year of responsible supervisory and management experience.

Knowledge of current epidemiological and public health principles and practices with particular expertise in infectious diseases and communicable disease control.

Experience in research design and data analysis.

Experience with database use and maintenance and database management systems.

Experience in policy and procedure development.

Excellent problem-solving skills, analytical skills, facilitation skills, and organization skills.

Experience and skill in working with diverse populations and cultures.

Experience and skill in maintaining effective working relationship with the community and other social service agencies.

Knowledge of relevant current literature, trends, and-developments in the field of communicable disease epidemiology and public health.

Familiarity with electronic disease surveillance methods.

Board certification or eligibility is required for physicians.

Ability to:
Oversee multiple ongoing projects in an environment of changing priorities and pressing deadlines.

Re prioritize work load and activities in response to unanticipated demands.

Evaluate and interpret a broad range of health data.

Establish and maintain excellent work relationships with supervisor, co-workers, participating agencies, funding agencies, and the public. Meet other government officials and representatives to the public and respond to problems and complaints tactfully, courteously and effectively.

Plan, assign, supervise and evaluate the work of subordinates.

Communicate clearly and concisely in person and in writing on both technical and non-technical levels.

Provide advice and serve as liaison with various medical and public health specialists on a wide range of public health issues.

Desired qualifications:
Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer training or equivalent experience highly desirable.

MD or DVM degree from an accredited medical or veterinary medical school, or, PhD degree in epidemiology, public health, bio-statistics or related field or related field; and, a Master's degree in public health, epidemiology, bio-statistics or related field, or equivalent experience.

Supplemental Information:
This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to
Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
Staff may be required to play a role as a first responder in the event of a Public Health emergency. NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The Prevention Division limits the use of scented personal products in order to protect fragrance sensitive employees, adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.
For physician: Current medical license in Washington State; board certified or board eligible.
Washington State Driver's License.

The selected candidate must pass a thorough background investigation.
Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law
Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time and obtaining required immunizations.

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