This is a unique opportunity for a public health scientist to join the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ Occupational Respiratory Disease Surveillance Program at SHARP. The SHARP Program is a nationally recognized occupational health research group and is one of five states funded by the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to carry out respiratory disease surveillance. The research disciplines at SHARP include epidemiology, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, safety, occupational medicine and others.
As an Epidemiologist 1, you will conduct surveillance for respiratory diseases such as asthma, COPD, silicosis, and Valley fever and for acute toxic inhalations in the workplace such as carbon monoxide, wildfire smoke, and others. The surveillance data you compile and maintain will be used to prioritize activities aimed at preventing occupational disease in Washington workers. You will conduct biostatistical analysis on surveillance data for reports and peer-reviewed journal articles. You will work in a dynamic environment with SHARP’s occupational health scientists to accomplish the goals of the grant.
Some of What You'll Do:
Maintain the current respiratory disease surveillance system which includes the notifiable condition of work-related asthma and uses WA State workers’ compensation data as its primary data source
Maintain the surveillance system for toxic inhalation, which includes cluster identification and tracking
Use and maintain two different Microsoft Access databases to track case progress through case capture to case validation
Validate potential cases using workers’ compensation data
Evaluate new data sources such as the WA State Poison Control Center
Perform basic biostatistical analysis including analysis of variance, trend analysis, and demographic characteristics
Compile data tables, describe methods and interpret results for annual reports and peer-reviewed manuscripts
Complete the WA State Occupational Health Indicators in accordance with CSTE/NIOSH guidelines and publish an annual report
Present surveillance results at state and national scientific meetings
Write amendments and maintain human subject review board (IRB) approval for the surveillance system
Master of Public or Environmental Health from an accredited US school of public health, US epidemiology program, or US Industrial Hygiene program.
Experience analyzing data sets to test research hypotheses, a general understanding of statistics and epidemiology consistent with Master's level training program.
Public health coursework in occupational epidemiology
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Access and SAS statistical software
Demonstrated proficiency in verbal and written communications
For an informal meeting during the week of APHA, please contact M. Foley at Michael.Foley@Lni.wa.gov. After APHA, please contact Carolyn Whitaker at Carolyn.Whitaker@Lni.wa.gov to receive notice of the formal job announcement slated for late November by Labor and Industries at : www.careers.wa.go
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: TBD
About WA State Department of Labor & Industries - SHARP Program
The Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is an occupational safety and health research program. We partner with business and labor to develop practical solutions to identify and eliminate workplace hazards and reduce the human and economic costs of on-the-job illnesses and injuries. We are located in Olympia, WA.