Senior Research Associate

Requisition #: A-147175-46

Status: Full Time

Type: Faculty

School: Bloomberg School of Public Health

Department/Program: Department of Environmental Health and Engineering

Location City: Anchorage

Location State: AK

Location Zip Code: 99503

Closing Date: Open until filled

General Description

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (JHCHS), at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, works to protect people's health from epidemics and disasters and to ensure that communities are resilient to major health challenges. JHCHS was recently awarded a 5-year Cooperative Agreement from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics (CFA) to support its new project: Toward Epidemic Preparedness- Enhancing Public Health Infrastructure and Incorporating Data-Driven Tools. Through this project, JHCHS established the Center for Outbreak Response Innovation (CORI) as part of the CDC's Insight Net, a network of 13 institutions charged with developing and strengthening epidemic modeling and advanced analytics capacity nationwide. CORI is building and strengthening partnerships with traditional and nontraditional stakeholders across the country to integrate infectious disease modeling and analytics tools into decision-making at all levels of public health preparedness and response.


CORI seeks to hire a Senior Research Associate to support its partnership with the Alaska Division of Public Health (DPH), within the state's Department of Health. This team member will be embedded within the Alaska DPH Director's Office and work on a wide range of projects division wide. The Senior Research Associate will work closely with the Alaska DPH partners and will report jointly to the CORI State Partnership Lead and Alaska DPH staff. The Senior Research Associate may also respond to requests from the CORI Director and Deputy Director, Chief of Staff, other co-investigators, and Program Manager, as necessary.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

-Conduct research and analysis in support of Alaska DPH division-wide projects, including, but not limited to, infectious disease modeling and outbreak analytics, infectious disease epidemiology, public health risk assessment, public communication, decision-making, and data sharing.

-Conceptualize and develop disease dashboards and other tools or analyses to support public health decisionmakers with evidence-based guidance in response to routine and emerging public health events.

-Develop communications materials around epidemic modeling and analytics to improve public awareness and decision-making in response to seasonal respiratory virus activity, emerging outbreaks, endemic disease threats, and other public health emergencies.

-Support the Alaska DPH during outbreak response and identify potential areas for collaboration with Insight Net to support the development and implementation of effective disease analytic tools and capacities.

-Serve as an integral member of the CORI and Alaska DPH project teams, including providing technical expertise and attending in-person and remote project meetings.

-Prepare reports and publishable manuscripts, for both internal and public use, by the Alaska DPH, CORI, Insight Net, or other stakeholders.



The salary range for this position is $85,000 to $100,000. However, salary and academic rank are commensurate with experience and contingent upon approval through the Bloomberg School of Public Health faculty appointment process. The position reflected in the above is envisioned to be a Senior Research Associate. However, the most appropriate non-tenure track faculty appointment type and salary will be requested for approval based on each candidate's background and experience.



The Senior Research Associate hired for this position will be required to work on site in Anchorage, Alaska at the DPH. A hybrid model will be utilized, with in-office and work from home days. The Senior Research Associate will be required to travel to Baltimore, MD twice a year to attend CORI team meetings.


Required Qualifications:

-Masters-level degree in epidemiology, infectious disease modeling, biostatistics, statistics, data science, bioinformatics, or a closely related discipline.

-Experience with statistical modeling for outbreak surveillance, data dashboard creation and visualization software (e.g., Tableau or Microsoft Power BI), and statistical software (e.g., SAS, Stata, R, Python).

-At least 5 years of research, writing, or policy analysis experience in a scientific, public health, medical, technological, governmental, or commercial context.

-Knowledge of the operational life cycle of project management, including project planning and development, daily operations, and product delivery.

-Excellent organizational and time management skills, including the ability to create realistic project schedules and meet deadlines, while prioritizing and managing tasks and responsibilities across multiple simultaneous projects.

-Excellent written communication skills, including writing and editing skills that can be applied to the conceptualization, development, design, writing, and editing of materials created for multiple purposes and audiences.

-Ability to interpret and communicate science-based public health evidence and analysis to support implementation into effective practice.

-Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills.

-Ability to identify and solve problems and make sound decisions without direct oversight.

-Ability to travel up to 5% of the time to domestic locations, including to the CORI main office location in Baltimore, MD twice per year.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (need not have all to apply):

-Public health communication experience, including demonstrated knowledge of plain language communication practices, CDC health literacy guidelines, and best practices communicating with stakeholders with varying degrees and understanding of public health concepts and practices.

-Experience leading, overseeing, or directing operational or research activities of other project team members.

-Knowledge/experience utilizing Microsoft Azure DevOps (ADO) for project/task tracking.

-SQL query knowledge/experience with extracting data from Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle data sources.

Application Instructions

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should upload a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, a writing sample (any article, report, or paper where the applicant is the lead author is sufficient), and names of 3 references to Interfolio. If an applicant has questions about this position or the application process, please email Sarah Firestone, CORI program manager ([email protected]) with the subject "CORI: application for senior research associate role."

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