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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/22/24

Applications Due03/07/24

Vacancy ID151887


AgencyHealth, Department of

TitleResearch Scientist 1 (Epidemiology) - 06311

Occupational CategoryHealth Care, Human/Social Services

Salary Grade18

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

Salary RangeFrom $63108 to $80248 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 20%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County New York

Street Address Office of Health Equity and Human Rights/Office of Gun Violence Prevention

90 Church Street

City New York


Zip Code10007

Minimum Qualifications Bachelors degree in Biology, Public Health, Epidemiology, Infection Control, Statistics/Biostatistics, Biomedical Science, Environmental Health, Environmental Science, or a related degree, AND at least two years of relevant post-degree professional research experience in an appropriate field; OR a Master’s degree in one of the above fields, AND at least one year of post-degree professional research experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in data analysis of injury, hospitalization, health systems and/or surveillance data; Experience with data collection, management, analysis, and reporting, including intermediate to advance knowledge of SAS, SAS SQL, R or Python; intermediate to advance knowledge mapping software including but not limited to ARC GIS or R mapping capabilities. Strong analytic skills including interpretation of results and data analytic outputs to convey information to a variety of internal and external audiences; Experience working with and/or designing complex relational databases; experience developing and maintaining databases (Access, RedCap, or others); Experience in designing program evaluation and program performance monitoring plans; Experience developing data reports for public and internal use, data visualizations, and research deliverables including the preparation of peer-reviewed manuscripts and scientific posters; Demonstrated ability to work independently, coordinate and build partnerships with multiple Department of Health entities, and supervision of professional staff.

Duties Description The Research Scientist 1 will join the Office of Gun Violence Prevention (OGVP) as a mid-level member of the Research and Evaluation Unit. The incumbent will contribute to the identification of evidence-based strategies, measurement of short-term outputs, and assessment of long-term outcomes of gun violence prevention work across New York. The Research Scientist 1 will work both independently and under the direction of a senior scientist to contribute directly towards problem definition, study design, execution, analyses, and interpretation and presentation of results. Responsibilities will include: Conduct comprehensive literature reviews and synthesize research findings to identify evidence-based strategies for reducing the prevalence of gun violence; Under the direction of a Research Scientist 3 or 4, design and implement research studies and data collection methodologies, including surveys, interviews, and focus groups, to gather relevant data and insights; Prepare research and analytical reports, professional papers and publications, policy briefs related to OGVP’s research and analysis efforts, and presentations summarizing research findings for internal and external stakeholders; Provide support to Research Scientist 3 or 4 in preparing grant reports, study designs, and exposure assessment frameworks. Provide support to investigators to coordinate and achieve project objectives and develop and implement epidemiological studies; Assist in developing evidence-based strategies and interventions to prevent gun violence; Contribute to the development and dissemination of findings. This can be in the form of fact sheets, white papers, tables, graphs, progress reports, articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and presentations to relevant audiences; Maintain situational awareness of current research related to gun violence prevention; Provide evaluation support to all OGVP special projects including development and monitoring of measurable goals and objectives, design and implementation of community assessments, developing templates and tools for non-research staff to adequately track key performance indicators, collection and analysis of data, and preparation of written reports. Under the direction of a Research Scientist 3 or 4, develop evaluation plans to assess the impact of various projects overseen by OGVP; Monitor and evaluate the impact of gun violence prevention programs and initiatives on communities. Independently identify communities and areas of interest in this work, and present evaluation findings to higher-level research and OGVP management staff; Develop, track, and monitor the performance of OGVP’s portfolio of work; Utilize participatory evaluation approaches that provide program participants with tools for assessing the planning, implementation, and self-evaluation of their programs; Analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative data to generate meaningful insights and policy recommendations. Independently determine methods for analysis and interpretation of data; Under the direction of a Research Scientist 3 or 4, develop and administer surveys, interviews, and other data collection methods; Conduct regular project evaluations and provide recommendations for process improvements; Support OGVP staff with assessing trends to understand the landscape of gun violence in New York; Under the direction of a Research Scientist 3 or 4, plan and manage all aspects of program evaluations, including methods design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting, developing qualitative and quantitative methods and instruments.

Additional Comments Permanent, non-competitive, full-time appointment. Occasional travel, including overnights, throughout New York State including to areas not served by public transportation may be required (20%).

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 Group, TL/RS1/06311/OGVP

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 TL/RS1/06311/OGVP included in the subject line or by mail to Human Resources Management Group, TL/RS1/06311/OGVP, 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.

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