Senior Epidemiologist-Bioinformaticist and Molecular Scientist
County of San Diego
Location: San Diego, California
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: 21417407BMS
The County of San Diego, Public Health Services Public Health Laboratory is seeking highly qualified individuals to perform duties as public health epidemiology Bioinformaticists and Molecular Scientists. The incumbents will assist with a number of disease reporting informatics and technology projects that support broader goals and objectives of public health and epidemiology programs to enhance disease detection and surveillance through data-driven decisions.
The ideal candidate must be able to work in a complex environment with professionals in public health, laboratory staff, epidemiology, and information technology; be proficient in next generation sequencing (NGS) data analysis and bioinformatics workflow development and implementation; be capable of identifying and addressing issues/problems and adapting to new strategies; be highly organized, possess strong oral and written skills, and be very skilled at documentation with a strong attention to details; exercises good time management, and perform duties efficiently and complete projects in a timely manner. Additionally, an ideal candidate would have knowledge of the following technical proficiencies:
Proficiency in R and Python.
Experience with Linux environment and Unix/Linux utilities, and maintaining Linux Cluster.
Experience with cloud computing and maintenance of cloud-based infrastructure.
Experience with PCR and NGS technologies and sequence analysis tools.
Experience installing and using NGS analysis tools such as BWA, Samtools, VCFTools, GATK, MUMMer, Mauve, PhyML, Figtree, etc.
Experience with C++ and Java.
Proficiency in SQL as well as NoSQL database technologies.
A quality candidate must be able to work in a complex environment with professionals in public health, laboratory staff, epidemiology, and information technology; be proficient in next-generation sequencing technology, molecular sequencing, and use of bioinformatics data for disease investigations; be capable of identifying and addressing issues/problems and adapting to new strategies; be highly organized and possess strong oral and written skills; be very skilled at documentation with a strong attention to details, and communicate complex technical information to a wide range of non-technical audiences or constituencies; exercise good time management and perform duties efficiently; and complete projects in a timely manner. Additionally, a Quality Candidate would have knowledge of the following technical proficiencies:
The field of microbiology, molecular biology, molecular chemistry, and microbial population genetics.
Public health reporting, information system standards, and public health data.
Principles and practices of epidemiology, and methods of collecting, compiling, and analyzing statistical and other research data.
Informatics necessary for development, maintenance, and functional manipulation of phylogenetic relationship algorithms, associated software interpretation tools, and processing methods to generate, organize, and display a wide variety of complex relationship trees and other research data.
Familiarity with the following instruments or techniques: MiSeq/NextSeq; Thermal Cyclers; Centrifuges; TapeStation; SpectraMax; Pipettes; Liquid Handling Robots; Automated RNA/DNA extraction equipment (e.g. Qiacube); Qubit Fluorometer.
Two (2) years of experience as an Epidemiologist II with the County of San Diego; OR,
A master's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, in public health with specialization in epidemiology, bio-statistics, or a related field, AND, four (4) years of professional epidemiology experience.
Note: A Ph.D. in epidemiology, public health, life science or a closely related field from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, is highly desirable.
For more information about this job and to apply online, please visit our website at www.sandiegocounty.gov/hr.
The mission of the County of San Diego is to efficiently provide public services that build strong and sustainable communities. The County is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors elected to four-year terms in district, nonpartisan elections. There are 18 incorporated cities in the County and a large number of unincorporated communities. The County of San Diego and its employees embrace the Live Well San Diego vision: A region that is Building Better health, Living Safely and Thriving. For more information, please visit www.livewellsd.org.