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Epidemiologist - WV Clinical & Translational Science Institute - Hybrid at West Virginia University Research Corporation in Morgantown, West Virginia

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Job Description:


West Virginia University Research Corporation is currently accepting applications for an Epidemiologist with the WV Clinical & Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI).  

About the Opportunity

As an Epidemiologist, you will provide specialized support to the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design core within the WV Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (WVCTSI). This position will report to the Assistant Director of Research Data Services. You will be expected to design observational studies, with special emphasis on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Health Economics, and underrepresented or vulnerable populations. You are expected to have strong software proficiency, and dual programming proficiencies in both SAS and R software. Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential to the role. Early career professionals with a strong background in rural cardiovascular disease epidemiology, and insurance claims databases are strongly encouraged to apply. 

This position allows for flexibility in work location, including potential hybrid or remote work / work from home options. Travel to the WVU Campus may need to occur based on organizational needs throughout the year.

At WVU Research Corporation, we strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU Research Corporation offers a comprehensive benefits package with a variety of options to suit your needs:

  • 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)

  • PTO 

  • 403(b) retirement savings with a fully vested 3% employee contribution match, (Employees have the option of contributing an additional 1-3% of their earnings to the plan, which is also matched by the WVURC) 

  • A range of health insurance and other benefits 

  • Dependent Education Scholarship

  • WVU Perks

  • And More!!

What you'll do: 

  • Design observational studies to investigate health disparities among under represented or vulnerable populations. 

  • Apply spatial analysis and health economic modeling to clinical data to highlight disparities in access to care or policy impact.

  • Manage and visualize clinical datasets using strong knowledge of database management. 

  • Demonstrate expert proficiency in ESRI ArcGIS software.

  • Conduct research projects involving complex datasets both independently and collaboratively. 

  • Develop manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and demonstrate a strong track record of publication and work on federally funded projects.

  • Simultaneously respond to and work on multiple projects while being able to prioritize urgent requests.

  • Create and deliver PowerPoint presentations as needed.

  • Generate reports to document progress towards publications, WVCTSI reporting milestones, and grants.

  • Assist in developing and updating WVCTSI BERD core capabilities.

  • Collaborate closely with the WV CTSI Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design core Spatial Epidemiologist. 

  • Maintain proficiency in R and SAS programming language.  

  • Regularly meet with investigators and clinical teams leading research projects to provide consultations and updates on projects. 

  • Identify relationships and trends in data, as well as any factors that could affect the results of research. 

  • Maintain security and confidentiality of patient information.  

  • Perform quality control audits to ensure accuracy, completeness, or proper usage of clinical systems and data. Create supporting documentation, such as metadata and diagrams of entity relationships, business processes, and process flow.

  • Collaborate with system architects, software architects, design analysts, and others to understand business or industry requirements.  

  • Work alongside the Spatial Epidemiologist and BERD core directors to develop and conduct methods workshops for community partners.    


  • Doctorate degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or related field.

  • A minimum of two (2) years of teaching experience at an accredited four-year university in public health or related topic.

  • A minimum of one (1) year of professional experience working in a public health department or community organization.

  • Strong proficiency with GIS software.

  • Strong proficiency using SAS, R, or SQL to manage, analyze, and visualize results from public health/clinical datasets.

  • Demonstrated ability to publish epidemiological research using cutting edge statistical techniques in spatial epidemiology and/or health economics.

  • Publications focusing on observational studies conducted in rural or underrepresented population groups, with particular interest in cardiovascular disease.

  • Excellent English verbal and written skills.

  • Ability to read and interpret written reports.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to establish priorities to meet deadlines.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain highly sensitive confidential material and be compliant with the organization's protected health information guidelines.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office.

  • Strong attention to detail, flexible, and ability to adapt to changes which occur in fast-paced clinical research environments.

Preferred Experience:

  • Proficiency with R AND SAS Programming language.

  • Experience with administrative claims databases.

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