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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 08/13/19

Applications Due08/30/19

Vacancy ID72970

AgencyHealth, Department of

TitleResearch Scientist 3 (Biostatistics) - 21981

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade25

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

Salary RangeFrom $81446 to $102661 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? No

County Albany

Street Address Division of Nutrition, Evaluation, Research and Surveillance Unit

150 Broadway, 6th Floor

City Menands,


Zip Code12204

Minimum Qualifications Research Scientist 3 (RS3): Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Biostatistics, Public Health, Epidemiology, or a related degree and four years of professional post-degree research experience in that field; or, a Master’s degree in one of the above fields and three years of such experience; or a Doctorate in one of the above fields and one year of such experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Preference will be given to applicants with experience in the development and management of a large public health surveillance system. Applicants should have knowledge and demonstrate evidence of previous experience in applying principles and methods of epidemiology and public health surveillance and be familiar with standard criteria that are used to evaluate the effectiveness of public health surveillance systems. The preferred candidate will be knowledgeable about risk factors associated with poor birth outcomes among low-income women. Preference will also be given to the following: work experience demonstrating an ability to link public health program knowledge to conceptual modeling, statistical analysis and interpretation of results; evidence of excellent analytic, critical thinking and scientific writing skills and a track record of presenting surveillance and research results to technical and non-technical audiences; and intermediate or better proficiency in SAS programming, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Word. Experience in spatial analysis using ArcView or other publicly-available software will be an added plus.

Duties Description The Research Scientist 3 (RS3) position is located in the Division of Nutrition, Evaluation, Research and Surveillance Unit and will be responsible for oversight of the Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System (PNSS) that is used to monitor pregnancy and birth outcomes among women who participate in the Special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The RS3 will design and carry out analysis plans for assessing the reliability and validity of collected and extracted WIC data and will work as part of a team that will be responsible for the development of all phases of the surveillance process including the ongoing systematic acquisition, recording, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data. The incumbent will use effective leadership and sound decision-making to conduct evaluation studies and statistical analyses that address emerging data needs in the NYS WIC program and will disseminate results using scientific manuscripts, written reports and oral presentations to reach both professional and lay audiences. He/she may write grant proposals and conduct original research using PNSS data to generate new or actionable knowledge for enhancing the delivery of nutrition assistance programs and related nutritional and behavioral outcomes among program participants. The Research Scientist 3 will take an active role in the mentorship and training of junior research staff and graduate interns. The incumbent will also perform other duties as needed, including the review of external research study protocols, coordinating external data requests, and accessing the NYWIC data mart to support data requests.

Additional Comments Permanent, full-time, non-competitive appointment. Occasional travel to locations that may not be served by public transportation may be required.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Human Resources Management Group - JB/RS3/21981

Telephone 518-486-1812

Fax 518-473-3395

Email Address


Street ESP - Corning Tower

Room 2217

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12237


Notes on ApplyingSubmit cover letter and resume, preferably in PDF format, to Human Resources Management Group, JB/RS3/21981, Room 2217, Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12237- 0012, or fax to (518)473-3395, or by email to, with Reference Code JB/RS3/21981 included in the subject line. Failure to include the required information in the subject line of your email or fax may result in your resume not being considered for this position. Resumes will be accepted until August 30, 2019.

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