Lead Scientist, Emerging Medical Conditions, World Trade Center Health Registry
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
December 19, 2017
Long Island City, New York
Full Time - Experienced
Academic / Research
Join a historic effort to document the long-term health impact of exposure to the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center terrorist a ttacks. The World Trade Center Health Registry (WTCHR) follows the physical and mental health of over 71,000 rescue/recovery workers and community members who were exposed to the 9/11 attacks. Housed within the Division of Epidemiology in a renowned and dynamic agency, the Registry's research influences national policies concerning healthcare for those who survived the attacks. The World Trade Center Health Registry's Medical Surveillance and Health Promotion Unit (MSHP), led by the Registry's Medical Director, identifies and investigates medical conditions that may be associated with 9/11 exposure; links enrollees' records to cancer, death and hospitalization records ; conducts studies of cancer, mortality, chronic diseases and emerging conditions among enrollees; and refers eligible enrollees to the federal WTC Health Program for medical monitoring and treatment. We seek a City Research Scientist to lead the Emerging Medical Conditions subunit to focus on, but not be limited to, investigations of potential emerging medical conditions; conduct data linkages of enrollees to NYS hospitalization/emergency room records; obtain physician confirmation of selected self-reported conditions; participate in epidemiological studies of the WTCHR enrollees, and collaborative studies with other WTC programs.
DUTIES WILL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:
- Serve as lead scientist to investigate potential emerging medical conditions that may be associated with 9/11 exposure through nested surveys of enrollees, case control and case series studies, matches to hospitalization data, and physician confirmation of enrollee self-reported medical conditions through physician surveys or medical record review, in collaboration with other WTCHR staff and consultants.
- Supervise and manage the subunit, including IRB applications and renewals. Coordinate periodic data linkages between the WTCHR and the New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) hospitalization/emergency room records Prepare datasets for linkage, oversee manual review of matched records to identify duplicates and determine which to accept, and facilitate use of matched SPARCS data including by other Registry analysts. Maintain updated data documentation of the SPARCS data linking process.
- Supervise a part-time City Medical Specialist responsible for supporting subunit activities including providing technical assistance in development of provider and patient education and training materials; developing and overseeing the implementation of health promotion initiatives/interventions; identifying and developing opportunities for collaboration with other WTC Health Program researchers; and serving as a medical expert for emerging medical condition studies and other Registry studies.
- Serve as a lead author and co-author on Registry manuscripts. Conduct data cleaning and analyses. Prepare reports and presentations, including tables and figures, for scientific and public audiences.
- Participate in studies of WTCHR populations and collaborative with other WTC programs, including serving on manuscript teams to prepare manuscripts for submission to peer reviewed journals.
- Participate in data linkages with cancer and/or mortality registries as needed, including preparation of datasets and review of potential matches to determine which to accept.
- Prepare responses and/or datasets to fulfill hospitalization related requests from Registry colleagues, collaborators, and others.
- Participate in other research-related activities as needed, including serving as team leader or team member on other study and manuscript teams to implement surveys and special projects and report findings.
- Present research findings at Registry, DOHMH, local and national meetings.
- Provide supervision, epidemiological consultation and mentoring to other Registry analysts, staff and students.
- Perform quality assurance of other analysts' work.
- Maintain confidentiality of identifiable data.
- Proficiency with SAS, R and spreadsheet packages, including Microsoft Excel and Access
- Experience with data cleaning and data manipulation; experience working with large datasets
- Experience with data analysis and epidemiologic studies
- Strong organizational skills
- Ability to work well in teams and independently
- Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/. In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number #314427.
We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.
The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.
All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.
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.
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:
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
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
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.
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.
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