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Research Assistant 1 HSS - Epidemiologist 1

Company name
Yale University .

New Haven, CT, United States

Employment Type

Research, Education

Posted on
Feb 03,2019

Valid Through
May 19,2019


Position Focus:

The Connecticut Emerging Infections Program (EIP) is a collaborative effort between the Yale School of Public Health and the Connecticut Department of Public Health, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Connecticut EIP conducts surveillance for hospitalized cases of influenza along with 9 other EIP sites and 4-6 additional state health departments as part of the FluSurv-NET surveillance system. Starting in 2018, FluSurv-NET in Connecticut also collects data on hospitalized and fatal cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). Under the direction of the Yale EIP FluSurv-NET Surveillance Coordinator, the Epidemiologist I will work with the FluSurv-NET program coordinator, surveillance coordinator, and other EIP staff members to ensure the collection of influenza and RSV surveillance data through medical chart review, medical provider contact and/or patient interview.

Essential duties of position:

1. Thoroughly understand and execute study protocols and procedures to ensure accurate and consistent collection of surveillance data.

2. Coordinate requests for medical charts of identified influenza/RSV cases at various Connecticut hospitals. This involves organizing the identified cases by hospital and working with the health information department at each hospital to gain access to medical chart information.

3. Conduct medical chart reviews of the identified cases using a standard data abstraction instrument. This involves travel to hospitals throughout the state, identifying the pertinent information in the medical record and abstracting it onto the data collection form.

4. Obtain additional follow up information, such as vaccination history, from primary care provider offices through fax and phone contact.

5. Enter data into study databases, clean data, and troubleshoot database issues with assistance of the surveillance coordinator and program coordinator.

6. Perform routine statistical analyses and generate data summaries. This involves entry and manipulation of data using Microsoft Access and other software programs as needed.

7. Generate basic reports on study progress for the program coordinator using Microsoft Access, Excel or other software programs.

8. Handle protected health information in a sensitive, secure, and confidential manner in keeping with HIPAA privacy policies.

9. Participate in FluSurv-NET/RSV related conference calls and meetings with other EIP site and CDC representatives.

10. Assist with other activities as necessary to maintain the daily functions of the EIP FluSurv-NET/RSV Program including influenza vaccine effectiveness evaluations, surveillance data audits, provider and laboratory surveys, and data entry into the Connecticut Electronic Disease Surveillance System.

11. Assist with other special EIP projects as needed. Such activities may include emergency public health response to disease outbreaks (case or control follow-up, chart review, telephone interview, etc.) or special investigations as indicated by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

12. Abide by Yale University and Connecticut Department of Public Health confidentiality rules.

Essential Duties

Researches and collects data through site or home visit intakes; library research; structured interviews; or through other means for designated research assignments. 2. Records and compiles information related to research data. Codes data accordingly to research specifications. Uses a computer terminal to input and retrieve data and to generate reports. 3. Processes and summarizes data using scientific or statistical techniques. Assists in data interpretation and analyses. Reports on status of research activities. 4. Recruits study participants and ensures that subject recruitment and follow-up are completed per protocol procedures. 5. Orders and maintains inventory of supplies. May assist in designing, developing, and modifying research experiments, procedures, or survey instruments. May assist research and support staff. 6. Performs additional functions incidental to research activities.

Required Education and Experience

Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate's degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor's degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Good organizational and attention to detail. Strong communication and writing skills.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to work independently.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Proficiency in Microsoft Office especially Word and Excel.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Willingness to travel throughout the state of Connecticut; provide own transportation; travel reimbursement provided.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Knowledge and experience with medical chart reviews (paper and electronic). Knowledge of clinical microbiology laboratory procedures. Understanding of infectious disease surveillance methods. Data analysis experience and knowledge of statistical software packages such as SAS, SPSS, R, or Epi Info. Computer experience with database/analysis programs such as Epi Info, Microsoft Access, SAS, or SPSS.

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:

Original Posting Date: 20-Jan-2019

Supervisory Organization: School of Public Health - Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

Posting Position Title: Research Assistant 1 HSS - Epidemiologist 1

Bargaining Unit: L34 - Local 34 (Yale Union Group)

Time Type: Full time

Duration Type: Fixed

If Fixed Duration, is continuation possible?: Yes

Other Fixed Duration Date: 31-Dec-2021

Compensation Grade: Labor Grade C

Work Location: Medical School Campus

Worksite Address: 1 Church Street New Haven, CT 06510

Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)

Total # of hours to be worked: 37.5

Drug Screen: No

Health Screening: No

Note: Yale University is a tobacco-free campus

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Yale University .
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Company Profile
Yale University comprises three major academic components: Yale College (the undergraduate program), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools. In addition, Yale encompasses a wide array of centers and programs, libraries, museums, and administrative support offices. Approximately 11,250 students attend Yale.

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