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Research Analyst, Communicable Diseases at NYC Health Dept

Job ID: 150464
Business Title: Research Scientist, Bureau of Communicable Disease
Proposed Salary Range: $ 63,662.00 – $ 79,899.00 (Annual)

Job Description

The Reportable Disease Data, Informatics, and Analysis Unit is responsible for the database systems, processing, data quality, and analysis of surveillance data for more than 73 infectious diseases. The unit also provides data management and epidemiologic and analytic support for outbreak investigations, including large-scale public health emergencies.

The Research Analyst will assist in supporting the surveillance and outbreak database system used by the Bureau of Communicable Disease (BCD), improve and oversee the specific Maven database functionalities and data needs for outbreak management using Maven, and will ensure the quality and availability of outbreak data, as well as support the general analytic needs of research staff in the Bureau of Communicable Disease (BCD).

Activities will include the following:

  • Support daily operations, and simple modifications in Maven, BCD’s web-based reportable disease surveillance database (including creating new or revising data elements, workflows or simple reports).
  • Ensure that data from outbreaks in Maven are readily available for analysis in close to real time.
  • Develop protocols and procedures for BCD staff in the use of Maven for managing outbreaks.
  • Prepare performance measures required for grants related to outbreak data in Maven.
  • Train staff, prepare written materials and ensure high level of familiarity among key staff members in how to use Maven for outbreak management.
  • Support BCD epidemiologists and subject matter experts by, e.g., ensuring that Maven data are clearly documented, advising BCD analytic staff on efficient methods for accessing data, automating data processes, and ensuring the quality and completeness of data available for analysis.
  • Serve in weekly rotations, every 4-5 weeks: As analyst of the week, run automated statistical analyses to detect reportable disease clusters, review output and address issues, and de-duplicate persons requiring human review. As electronic clinical laboratory reporting analyst, clean electronic laboratory data requiring human review, run automated analyses, and collaborate with the Division of Informatics, Information Technology, and Telecommunications to identify and resolve laboratory reporting issues. As consultant research scientist, support disease cluster investigations.
  • Provide data and meta-data in response to internal and external data requests.
  • Support programming needs of the Reportable Disease Data Informatics and Analysis Unit.
  • Develop and refine maps of surveillance and outbreak data as needed to support BCD and agency investigation activities.
  • Provide data collection and analysis support for outbreak investigations, emergency response activities, and special epidemiologic projects, as needed.

Minimum Qual Requirements

For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.
To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:

  1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
  2. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
  3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least a master’s degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in “2” above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in “1” and “2” above.


Probationary Period
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.

Preferred Skills

Expertise in programming, including manipulating and analyzing large datasets using SAS and SQL. Experience in the management and analysis of public health data stored in Access or other database management systems. Experience in helping colleagues to access and analyze data. Experience with data visualizations, including geocoding techniques, mapping using ArcMap or other mapping software, and interactive data displays. Knowledge of infectious disease epidemiology and biostatistics. Experience in outbreak investigation and public health emergency response. Excellent writing and speaking ability, strong interpersonal communication and time management skills, and attention to detail.

To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter to In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number #150464.

We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Work Location
42-09 28th Street, Queens, NY, 11101

Residency Requirement
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.


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