Infectious Disease Epidemiologist - Core Faculty Position

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On or near the Navajo Nation or White Mountain Apache tribal lands or Baltimore, MD - USA

Center Brief

The Center for American Indian Health (CAIH) is located within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland with research and community partner project sites across the Southwest and Great Lakes regions of the United States. Our mission is to work in partnership with Native Nations to raise the health status, self-sufficiency and health leadership of Native American peoples to the highest possible level. This mission is accomplished through three core activities: research, service, and training.


The Center for American Indian Health (CAIH) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is seeking an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist to join the Infectious Disease team as a core faculty member. This is a multi-faceted position with a focus on the design and conduct of epidemiologic research in partnership with Tribal communities to reduce the burden of infectious diseases.

Detailed Description

The CAIH Infectious Disease team works in partnership with Native American communities to conduct research aimed at reducing the burden of infectious diseases of high priority to the tribal communities we work with. Projects include disease surveillance, clinical trials, and evaluations of the impact of interventions. Study activities vary and are specific to the approved protocols at the worksite. The successful candidate for this position will be part of a team that includes Masters- and PhD-trained epidemiologists and study physicians, nurses and research assistants who are based at different sites. The Epidemiologist will report to the Director of the Infectious Disease Program. It is expected that the successful candidate will support existing research activities and will also develop their own research interests.

Brief summary of duties and qualifications:

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Liaise with community stakeholders in accordance with a community-based participatory research model
  • Design and conduct epidemiologic studies and clinical trials
  • Manage site-based research teams
  • Create study materials (e.g., consent documents, case report forms)
  • Review inclusion/exclusion criteria for study participants based on protocol guidelines
  • Liaise with Indian Health Service/Tribal Health Organization providers
  • Present information on proposed studies and results of studies in community events, as needed
  • Lead data analyses, with the support of statisticians at JHSPH
  • Participate in grant writing
  • Write manuscripts to communicate study results

Requirements / Preferences

  • Indigenous or experience living in or working with Indigenous communities
  • PhD in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in infectious disease epidemiology
  • Knowledge of the health and social issues facing Native American populations
  • Proficiency using statistical analysis software, such as Stata, SAS, or R
  • Experience managing a research team
  • Experience working on clinical trials and familiarity with Good Clinical Practice - preferred
  • Willingness to work in a diverse cultural setting in a rural area - preferred
  • Candidates should possess excellent interpersonal, leadership and organizational skills

Additional Requirements and Position Information:

  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record
  • Frequent travel to study sites (may require overnight stay)
    • Provide oversight for study conduct
    • Perform QA/QC checks to evaluate data collection, data entry, specimen processing, etc.
    • Develop and/or support system for specimen storage and organization in the Baltimore and Whiteriver labs

Listed below are a set of skills that contribute to someone being successful in this position. CAIH values the growth and development of all of our team members and there are opportunities to either further develop known skills or learn new ones.

  • Project management experience and skills
  • Strong communication skills for supervisory, teamwork and feedback purposes
  • Multitasking and dedication to timelines
  • Writing and documentation skills
  • Proficiency with data management and database development including experience with REDCap, Stata or other data management/analysis packages

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Contact Information

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a 2-3 page summary of research interests or related experience.

Send notice of interest to:

Robert Weatherholtz
Director of Operations

Dr. Laura Hammitt
Director of Infectious Diseases

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