Epidemiologist/Genomics Team Lead
Company: Heluna Health
Posted on: June 15, 2022
The purpose of the Genomics Team within the Epidemiology and
Surveillance Team of the COVID-19 California Department of Public
Health (CDPH) response is to maintain and provide case-based
surveillance and epidemiologic data for COVID-19 Variant of Concern
(VOC) and Variant of Interest (VOI) cases reported in the state of
California. This team works to meet the demands for timely and
highly visible surveillance data used by groups at CDPH as well as
the California Department of Technology and the Governor's Office
to track and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This team is
responsible for accurately reporting COVID-19 VOC cases and
required data elements to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) in accordance with the Council of State and
Territorial Epidemiologists guidance.
The Genomics Team Lead functions within an incident command
structure (ICS) as part of the Science Branch and provides
management to a team of genomic epidemiology scientists with
training and expertise in epidemiology, genetics, viral genetics,
curation, and/or bioinformatics. The position interacts with other
Epidemiology and Surveillance teams to perform essential
surveillance functions, including the epidemiologists who provide
case-based surveillance and epidemiologic data for all COVID-19
cases and tests, investigations and travel epidemiologists, and
data quality analysts, as well as multiple other internal and
external partners involved with the COVID-19 pandemic response,
including local health departments (LHDs) and the CDC.
Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to be considered.
Please provide three professional references.
Must be able to work flexible hours, including weekends and
- Operate within Incident Command Structure (ICS) to respond to
COVID-19 VOI and VOC report data-related needs of CDPH and the
state of California.
- Supervise team staff to assure accountability and integrity of
COVID-19 genomics data.
- Establish and maintain reliable, efficient, and effective
methods for combining genomics data obtained from public
repositories such as GISAID and GenBank with CDPH case registry
- Increase Genomics Team's ability to identify emerging variants
of interest and variants of concern.
- Establish and maintain effective protocols to ensure timely and
accurate COVID-19 VOC case reporting to all partners.
- Provide technical assistance and expertise on reporting
COVID-19 VOC and VOI cases, contacts, and outbreaks to local health
departments and CDPH teams.
- Develop and implement plans for representative sampling,
including in clinical isolates representing diverse geographic and
demographic (e.g., age, gender, race/ethnicity, congregate
settings) populations over time.
- Establish and maintain reliable, efficient, and effective
methods for communication with team members and other Science
Branch members via web-based applications, telephone, and email to
maintain awareness of team capacity, status of data and immediate
- Analyze and resolve problems and demonstrate solid subject
- Routinely review case reporting materials and changes to forms
and procedures needed to capture the most current requested case
and associated epidemiologic data.
- Oversee and contribute to special projects related to COVID-19
genomics as identified by Epidemiology Leads and Science Branch
- Coordinate and facilitate teleconferences and meetings, as
- Perform other duties as directed by Epidemiology Leads.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally and in
writing with public health and healthcare professionals and
- Ability to supervise and oversee data entry, data cleaning, and
data quality assessment with attention to detail.
- Knowledge and application of Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements and protection of health
- Strong knowledge of epidemiology and ability to interpret
disparities and trends in data.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Experience with whole genome sequence (WGS) data repositories
(e.g. GISAID, GenBank) and electronic laboratory and case reporting
- Ability to make time sensitive decisions in complex
- Ability to prioritize, delegate and manage multiple
- Demonstrate reliability and integrity.
- Fluency in spoken English is required.
- Master's degree in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics,
genetics, bioinformatics or other closely related fields.
- Doctoral degree in public health epidemiology, biostatistics,
genetics, bioinformatics or other closely related fields,
- At least five years of experience working as an epidemiologist
or geneticist in a public health setting, required.
- At least ten years of experience working as an epidemiologist
or geneticist in a public health setting, preferred.
- Experience supervising or leading epidemiologists or other
professional staff, required.
- Strong knowledge associated with monitoring staffing levels,
recruitment, and training procedures, required.
- Strong knowledge of epidemiological/biostatistical methods,
- Ability to make time sensitive decisions in complex situations,
- Strong organizational skills, required.
- Experience in managing or overseeing complex projects,
- Basic knowledge and use of statistical software, such as
Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) and R, preferred.
Other Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
- Prior knowledge and experience operating in incident command
structure (ICS), preferred.
- Prior knowledge and experience in use of CalREDIE,
- Knowledge of and skilled in the use of Microsoft Office
products including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and Power
- Stand Frequently
- Walk Frequently
- Sit Frequently
- Handling / Fingering Occasionally
- Reach Outward Occasionally
- Reach Above Shoulder Occasionally
- Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend Occasionally
- Lift / Carry Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs
- Push/Pull Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs
- See Constantly
- Taste/ Smell Not Applicable
Not Applicable Not required for essential functions
Occasionally (0 - 2 hrs/day)
Frequently (2 - 5 hrs/day)
Constantly (5+ hrs/day)
Remote. Must have functioning Wi-Fi/internet access. There is no
reimbursement for Wi-Fi/internet access.
It is the policy of Heluna Health to provide equal employment
opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status,
sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected
characteristic under applicable law.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner
discriminate against employees or applicants because they have
inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of
another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access
to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as
a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of
other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise
have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is
(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance
of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an
investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the
contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR
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