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OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH HAZARD ASSESSMENT

Title:  RESEARCH SCIENTIST I (EPIDEMIOLOGY/BIOSTATISTICS)
Salary: $4,833.00 - $5,831.00
Posted: 03/12/2013

Job Description:

Through June 30, 2013, full-time employees’ monthly pay will be reduced by 4.62% in exchange for eight (8) hours of leave. Part-time employees shall be subject to the pay reduction on a pro-rated basis consistent with their time base.

Are you interested in working for a small agency that will provide lots of varied experience? If so, you have found the right place! The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is responsible for developing and providing risk managers in state and local government agencies with toxicological and medical information relevant to decisions involving public health. What we do makes a difference!

THE POSITION

Pursuant to Government Code Section 3100-3109, all public employees are declared to be disaster service workers for the protection of the health and safety and preservation of the lives and property of the people of the state from the effects of natural, man-made, or war-caused emergencies which result in conditions of disaster or extreme peril to life, property, and resources. This is of paramount state importance in protection of its citizens and resources.

The Air Pollution Epidemiology Section under the Air, Community, and Environmental Research Branch, provides health-based recommendations for ambient standards for criteria air pollutants (Health and Safety Code Section 39606), conducts epidemiological studies of the health effects of air pollution and climate change, and provides technical support to the California Air Resources Board and other state agencies, regional air quality districts and stakeholders. The position is a limited term (24 months), intermittent basis, working between 16 – 40 hours per week.

Under direction of the Research Scientist Supervisor II, the Research Scientist I (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) undertakes scientific research studies of limited scientific scope and complexity concerning the human health effects of air pollution; may serve as a team member on public health projects and investigations within their program and act as a technical scientific consultant on a specific phase of a more complex scientific research study; make independent decisions in a specific scientific field using established guidelines and technical scientific procedures and adapt research methods to problems with limited scientific scope, and perform other related work.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

35% Conduct epidemiological analyses examining environmental factors (i.e. air pollution, temperature) and human health outcomes using software such as R, SAS, and STATA. Apply knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistical methods to examine issues such as confounding, effect modification, and exposure misclassification and how they affect any relationships observed.

35% Compile the databases used in these examinations by utilizing available data on environmental exposures, such as air pollution readings, weather factors and health, such as cause-specific deaths. Develop study designs utilizing those databases to address questions in the current scientific and regulatory literature on the health effects of air pollution and temperature. Provide quality control measures of data as needed.

15% Write descriptions of methods and findings for submission in scientific journals and presentations to scientific or lay audiences. Create figures and tables to convey findings. Work with other Research Scientists to assess the quality and merits of studies of criteria air pollutant and help generate recommendations on ambient air quality standards to the State Air Resources Board.

15% Perform literature reviews and maintain a database of bibliographic entries using Endnote. Summarize journal articles and present the summaries to the Section for discussion. Assist with the creation of tables and figures for epidemiology-related studies and projects being done by the Section. Provide assistance in checking or troubleshooting other’s statistical software code. Utilize published material, online resources, and personal knowledge, education, and experience to advance the Section’s knowledge of recently developed biostatistical methods and use them to enhance our study analyses, where applicable.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Must have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and either one year of relevant experience or one year toward an advanced degree in this or a related scientific discipline. Familiarity with the conduct and review of epidemiology studies, with emphasis on public health and environmental epidemiology. Understanding of procedures for biostatistical methods, epidemiological investigations, including study design, statistical analyses of data, and interpretation of results. Ability to use SAS software for database creation and statistical analysis. Some experience with Microsoft Excel and Word.

Proficiency in critically evaluating research studies in the fields of epidemiology for application of issues of public health; ability to work cooperatively with outside agencies and departmental staff, communicate effectively and experience in writing technical reports.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Ability to program and use R statistical software.

WORKING CONDITIONS

OEHHA’s office is located in a downtown high-rise office building. The air-conditioned accommodation consists of open areas furnished with cubicles, not all of which have direct natural illumination.

Hours are worked on a flextime basis, subject to supervisor’s approval, and may at times necessitate attendance at the State office or at external meetings outside standard office hours.

Time critical assignments are part of the workload.

Extended periods of reading and writing, and frequent use of computer workstations with statistical, bibliographic, communications or word processing software.

WHO SHOULD APPLY:

Individuals who are currently at the above classification level, have list eligibility for the above class, or are eligible to laterally transfer may apply for this position. Appointment is also subject to the provisions of the SROA process; SROA/Surplus/Reemployment candidates are encouraged to apply; surplus employees need to attach a copy of their surplus status letter to their application.

If interested, please submit a completed standard State application (STD 678), resume (optional), and a copy of your surplus status letter, if applicable, to the address noted below. Under the heading, Examination(s) or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying, on the State application, you must clearly indicate the position title, position number, and basis of your eligibility, i.e., list eligibility, transfer SROA, surplus, reemployment, or reinstatement. Failure to provide this information may result in a delay in the hiring process for this position. Applications will be screened and only the most qualified will be interviewed.

All applications should be sent directly to the Human Resources Branch at OEHHA as indicated below for initial processing. Following receipt, the HRB office will send the applications to the hiring supervisor.

If you have any questions regarding the duties of this position or wish to check the status of your application in the hiring process, please contact Carolyn Flowers of the Air, Community, and Environmental Research Branch at (916) 324-3732.



Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
None Specified 811 - 155 - 5577 - 901
Location County
Oakland ALAMEDA
Timebase Tenure
Intermittent Limited Term   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
04/19/2013 None Specified
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Human Resources Branch
P.O. Box 67
Sacramento, 95812-0067
Lucy Martinez
(916) 324-1296

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