28 February 2013

Job Opening - Health Scientist (Informatics) - Los Angeles, CA

ISDS would like to share a recently released employment opportunity from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please find all details below.

Position Title:           Health Scientist (Informatics)
Department:             Department of Health and Human Service
Agency:                     Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Service:                     Excepted Service Position, Title 42
Duty Location:         Los Angeles, CA (1 vacancy)
Duration:                   2-Year Term Position
Salary Range:          $85,000 - $101,035


This position is a scientific position, with an emphasis on public health informatics.  This is a standard position and can be located in various Centers/Institutes/Offices throughout CDC/ATSDR.  The primary purpose of the position is to develop scientific policies for public health informatics and to perform a variety of activities and analyses related to health care informatics.


Develops and implements scientific policies and procedures on informatics practices and principles.  Provides leadership in designing, coordinating, and maintaining information technology (IT) project goals, objectives, and priorities within a CIO and/or CDC/ATSDR and in the general public health community.  Serves as a nationally and internationally recognized expert, providing scientific advice and consultation on solutions to critical problems that require outstanding creativeness in generating new hypotheses, approaches, and standards to be used within the applicable CIO, across CDC/ATSDR and in some instances to be used internationally.  Develops and coordinates the sharing of health related informational materials so that scientific advice and assistance is shared. Develops strategies to meet short and long-range goals for the applicable program and assures that strategies reflect most promising directions in research, preventive, and clinical approaches as it relates to public health informatics.  Applies new methods, approaches, and technology to new and unusual situations and these methods have broad applications in the field.  Collaborates and provides expert scientific advice to a variety of nation-wide and international organizations to synthesize, develop and implement informatics policies and directions for future development.  Collaborates with and provides expert advice to all organizational levels with the agency, as well as with various state health agencies, and partner organizations.  50%

Provides leadership in the development, testing, implementation and evaluation of scientific information technology and information systems needs and applicable software systems relating to public health informatics within the area of responsibility.  Explores alternatives, suggestions and approaches from internal and external partners, focusing on data acquisition/multi-jurisdictional databases, communication directories, and standardization codes.  Plans and develops strategies for new models of health information interchange and automation in medicine and public health.  Responsible for evaluating and developing approaches for strengthening the standardization and utility of national health information systems, their products, policies and processes, with special emphasis on electronic data interchange and electronic media.  Promotes the development, use and dissemination of information and information technology in regards to health data systems, with an emphasis on public health applications.    50%

Performs other duties as assigned.


Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position to include:  (1) provide scientific advice, consultation and leadership in designing, coordinating and maintaining public health informatics project; (2) conduct evaluations and analyses for the purposes of developing recommendations to leadership on issues related to public health informatics; (3) design, oversee, implement, and conduct scientific surveys/studies or projects to identify and solve health system related problems; and (4) manage projects through administrative, planning, and budgetary activities.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
  • Knowledge of public health theories, principles, concepts.
  • Ability to provide scientific advice, consultation and leadership in designing, coordinating and maintaining public health informatics, more specifically Health IT related project goals, objectives and priorities.
  • Ability to communicate to various audiences and subject matter experts on scientific and technical information.
  • Skill in the application of administrative, planning, budgetary, human resources management, contracting and related programs.
  • Ability to design, oversee, implement, and conduct scientific surveys/studies or projects to identify and solve health system related problems.
  • Ability to communicate in writing. 
All interested applicants should email their resume to Tracie Strength:
With a subject line of: Health Scientist, LA County
Resumes will be accepted through March 12, 2013

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