University of Nebraska Medical Center

Enteric Surveillance Epidemiologist II

Description of Work

Design, implement, integrate, and administer complex statewide epidemiology surveillance systems. Coordinate and conduct active, laboratory-based surveillance for foodborne and waterborne bacterial, viral, and parasitic diseases. Manage enteric disease portion of the Nebraska Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) including data mapping, variable determination, and page building. Develop data management systems for identification of enteric disease clusters in routine surveillance. Collaborate and communicate with local health departments, States and CDC to increase foodborne/waterborne outbreak response. Design, develop, implement, and conduct complex epidemiological studies involving enteric foodborne and waterborne diseases. Provide epidemiological leadership and direction in preparation for all response to foodborne and waterborne disease and/or infection outbreaks. Coordinate hospitals, local health departments, and environmental health programs (Department of Agriculture, DHHS drinking water program, etc) during outbreak investigations. Serve as the Nebraska OutbreakNet Enhanced, CaliciNet and CryptoNet coordinator. Manage health surveillance specialists to assist with the foodborne/waterborne disease program.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse populations we serve. The university fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See: http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.


Minimum Requirements

Master’s degree in Biological Sciences, Statistics or Health Promotion plus more than 2 years of experience in epidemiology and public health, experience in surveillance of acute and/or chronic diseases, epidemiological and investigation and outbreak control/response required.

Must have knowledge of trends in risk factors, health/disease related conditions and interventions for arboviral disease; SASEPI information software, and ESSENCE data analysis and visualization tools; epidemiological research practices and procedures for the collection, analysis, evaluation, and validation of health/disease data sets; descriptive statistics, statistical inference, and statistical theory; and public health principles and health care delivery systems.

Be able to effectively and efficiently present, discuss and communicate to the public all information obtained around epidemiology and public health issues.

Knowledge of epidemiological principles and practices related to the surveillance, investigative techniques, proper prevention and control techniques for diseases and infections.


Preferred Requirements

PhD or medical degree preferred. Teaching experience in public health desirable. Medical knowledge of data to be collected and analyzed; statistical tools; epidemiological study methods and protocols; and Nebraska regulations and policies involving reportable diseases preferred. Advanced Epidemiological Training such as the Epidemiological Intelligence Service or Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory fellowship through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Association of Public Health Laboratories necessary.