Epidemiologist III

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Updated: May 17, 2018
Job ID: 213883
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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The Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program is seeking an applicant to support epidemiology and program science with an emphasis on sexually transmitted infection (STI) multisite protocols.  These protocols are conducted by the Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program (IDCRP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland. The position will be hired through the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF).  HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to IDCRP. 

The IDCRP is a collaborative research effort with the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and we work closely with partners from NIAID and other NIH Institutes. Established at USUHS in 2005, this unique program aims to strengthen infectious disease clinical research in the US military. The IDCRP brings together a network of clinicians and research scientists at military treatment facilities and military bases who conduct observational and interventional research on a wide range of infectious diseases relevant to the military and the broader medical communities. IDCRP research protocols fall under one of seven research areas: acute respiratory infections, deployment and travel-associated infections, emerging infectious diseases/antimicrobial resistance, HIV infection, sexually transmitted infections, skin and soft tissue infections, and trauma-associated infections.

The IDCRP STI research program executes clinical research activities that address surveillance, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted disease of military relevance. Studies are conducted at multiple military healthcare facilities, as well as global research and surveillance sites.  The IDCRP STI Research Area develops and executes collaborative research which is (1) relevant to the DoD, (2) appropriate for the disease risk and burden of disease within the Department of Defense and, (3) supports the clinical research goals of our stakeholders, collaborators, and the global community.

We are seeking a qualified scientist at the Master’s Degree or post-doctoral level with training or experience in sexually transmitted infections research or surveillance, as well as experience in applied epidemiology or public health.  Prior experience in the conduct of clinical or observational research, and excellent written/oral communication skills are important qualities.  The candidate will serve a supporting role in the development and execution of clinical research protocols.


The candidate will be responsible for supporting STI clinical research protocols with an emphasis on multisite protocols conducted in military settings, including development and execution of new protocols, supporting development of standardized scientific SOPs for STI related protocols, and assisting with analysis and preparation of manuscripts and other scientific deliverables.

Responsibilities:

  1. Supports the development and execution of clinical research protocols in the context of the STI Research Area (RA) scientific strategic plan; performs literature review & scientific gap analysis; support data analysis of ongoing research protocols;  communication of STI RA program science with DoD and non-DoD collaborators.
  2. Participates in the submission of new clinical research protocols and amendments to organizations including the IDCRP, Institutional Review Boards (IRB), and others.
  3. Assists with clinical research activities.  Works with the Clinical Research Managers, Site PIs, Lead Coordinators, Site Managers, Data Coordination Center, Program Manager, and others to monitor and oversee scientific objectives for clinical research studies.
  4. Works with GC Repository and Reference Laboratory manager to produce, maintain and distribute standardize procedure manuals for coordination of GC funded research and surveillance.
  5. Prepares and presents research findings at conferences and contributes to publication in peer-reviewed medical journals.
  6. Pursues and assists with opportunities for scientific collaborations and interfacing with scientific and funding organizations.
  7. Travels to existing or potential IDCRP study sites to fulfill protocol and program responsibilities including attending IDCRP, scientific, and other meetings.
  8. Participates in IDCRP, departmental, and USU educational and service activities as appropriate.
  9. Performs other assignments as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of basic principles of clinical medicine and knowledge and proficiency in the conduct of clinical research; experience in the design, conduct and reporting of observational studies in clinical research; experience with managing epidemiologic data to include applied epidemiology and statistical analysis with relevant software packages; experience in the design, conduct and reporting of clinical trials preferred; experience in multi-site, multi-disciplinary clinical research protocols preferred; ability to communicate effectively in written/oral form; demonstrated record of presentation and publication of clinical research findings in meetings and medical journals preferred;  knowledgeable and/or experienced with research conduct and clinical care in the DoD setting preferred; prior military service preferred.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  M.A., M.S., MPH or Ph.D., Dr.P.H. degree.

Minimum Experience:  Training in microbiology, infectious disease epidemiology, or clinical public health practice preferably with at least four years of post-education experience in clinical science or public health practice related to infectious disease.

Physical Capabilities:  Standing and sitting. Able to meet travel requirements to support clinical research in potentially austere environments as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  No supervisory role required

Work Environment:  Hospital, clinic or office environment.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Dr. Eric Garges, eric.garges@usuhs.edu, Director, STI Research Area, Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

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