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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/20/24

Applications Due03/05/24

Vacancy ID151562


AgencyHealth, Department of

TitleResearch Scientist 4 (Biostatistics) - 07029

Occupational CategoryI.T. Engineering, Sciences

Salary Grade27

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $100761 to $124107 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 10%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8:30 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address Division of Epidemiology/Bureau of Surveillance and Data Systems

Corning Tower/ESP

City Albany


Zip Code12237

Minimum Qualifications Non-Competitive: Bachelor's degree in a Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Biostatistics, Public Health, Epidemiology, or a related degree and five years of professional post-degree research experience in the appropriate field; or a Master's Degree and four years of such experience; or a doctorate in the appropriate field and two years of such experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Preferred requirements include experience supervising and working with large statewide administrative relational databases such as the syndromic surveillance data system and fluency in SAS or related statistical software. Experience with the syndromic data system, public health experience, ability to effectively work independently as well as part of a team, experience with statistical analysis methodologies and SQL would be preferred. 

Duties Description The Research Scientist 4 (RS4) will be responsible for managing and directing the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) syndromic surveillance research, analysis, and evaluation team. The incumbent will supervise four other syndromic surveillance program staff in Bureau of Surveillance and Data Systems (BSDS). Syndromic surveillance has become a critical tool for responding to emergencies. In the last few years, new syndrome alerts were developed for COVID-19, polio, drug overdoses, and pediatric brain abscesses and were added to previously developed syndromes. This position will direct maintenance of the existing syndromes including program research, analytics, evaluation and creating data sets from the existing syndromes as well as oversee and develop new syndromes as required.

Additional Comments We offer a work-life balance and a generous benefits package, worth 65% of salary, including:

• Holiday & Paid Time Off
• Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
• Pension from New York State Employees’ Retirement System
• Shift & Geographic pay differentials
• Affordable Health Care options
• Family dental and vision benefits at no additional cost
• NYS Deferred Compensation plan
• Access to NY 529 and NY ABLE College Savings Programs, and U.S. Savings Bonds
• And many more...

For new State employees appointed to graded positions, the annual salary is the hiring rate (beginning of the Salary Range) of the position. Promotion salaries are calculated by the NYS Office of the State Comptroller in accordance with NYS Civil Service Law, OSC Payroll rules and regulations and negotiated union contracts.

The NYS Department of Health is committed to making New York a safer, healthier, and more equitable place to live. Understanding health equity, social determinants of health and health disparities is critical to accomplish our goal of eliminating health disparities. For more information on the NYS Department of Health’s Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Plan, please visit:

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Name Human Resources Management; NMH/RS4/7029

Telephone 518-486-1812

Fax 518-473-3395

Email Address


Street Room 2217, Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12237


Notes on ApplyingPlease submit your resume and cover letter as one (1) document, preferably in PDF format, by email to, with Reference NMH/RS4/7029 included in the subject line or by mail to Human Resources Management Group, NMH/RS4/7029, Rm 2217, Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237-0012, or by fax to (518) 473-3395. Failure to include the required information may result in your resume not being considered for this position. Resumes will be accepted until March 5, 2024.

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