Epidemiologist II

Posting Number: #1152

Position Title: Epidemiologist II

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Sacramento, CA (Remote)

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Position Summary

Under the leadership and general supervision of the Research and Evaluation Director (RSIII), the Epidemiologist II is the primary analyst at Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN) projects focusing on nutrition and chronic disease surveillance. The Epidemiologist II will be conducting complex data analyses on large data sets and population level studies like the California Family Health Study, make recommendations regarding the validity of epidemiologic data, and conducting needs assessments for the planning of health and nutrition programs.

CWN’s vision is for a healthy nation where wellness is achievable for all individuals and communities, and its mission is to build capacity and leadership in communities and institutions to make optimal health accessible for all. CWN’s priority areas include increasing access to and consumption of healthier food, with a focus on fruits and vegetables; decreasing consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages; increasing consumption of water; and increasing physical activity opportunities.

The Epidemiologist II is responsible for applying advanced knowledge, skills, and experience to develop evaluation plans, conduct and write up complex data analyses, and use scientific evidence in preparing recommendations for action or interventions. This position has primary responsibility for selecting and applying more complex methodological and analytic techniques and supervises research associates.

The Epidemiologist II performs duties of considerable complexity, with the exercise of professional judgment regularly applied to complex and sensitive public health issues.

This position is currently remote (due to COVID 19 precautions) and located in the Sacramento, CA. It is expected that a return to working in the Sacramento office would be on a hybrid schedule basis. Consideration will be given to permanently remote candidates.

Pay: $85,098 – $95,615 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is $85,098 to $95,615 based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Designs, manipulates, and uses databases for analysis of health problems to assess the potential public health impact.
  • Uses known techniques for analyzing epidemiologic investigation data, adapts, or combines a variety of existing statistical methods to fulfill specific project needs.
  • Conducts advanced descriptive and comprehensive analyses (e.g., hierarchical regression models, simple regression, stratified analyses to control for confounding, adjusted odds ratios, and relative risks) of surveillance data for multiple audiences.
  • Recruits, trains, and supervises research associates/research assistants as appropriate to CWN needs.
  • Dissemination of data and research and evaluation findings.
  • Prepares reports including manuscripts from analyses of surveillance data, literature reviews, and studies.
  • Works closely with program staff as a project team to meet the needs of the clients, apply applicable evaluation frameworks, and to collaborate on various evaluation tasks, including the intended uses for the findings, identifying key evaluation questions, determining methods for data collection and analysis, clarifying resources needed to answer evaluation questions, and identifying how to support the primary use of the findings.
  • Collaborates with scientists in the survey or investigation design process, including conducting a search or review of existing literature and data in a scientific area, determining methodological techniques and processes, and selecting existing or designing questionnaires and other data-collection instruments.
  • Participates on internal and external committees and workgroups related to areas of expertise.
  • Helps identify potential funding opportunities in the public health, nutrition, physical activity fields.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • At least two (2) years of work experience in epidemiology with a public health agency.
  • Ability to perform statistical analysis in R, SAS, or SPSS.
  • Ability to perform epidemiologic assessment and/or biostatistical analysis.
  • Ability to identify public health disparities pertinent to low income, diverse populations.
  • Ability to investigate chronic conditions and health behaviors in the population.
  • Ability to manage data from surveillance, investigations, or studies; analyze data, summarize results of the analysis, and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to recommend evidence-based interventions and control measures in response to findings in collaboration with public health colleagues.
  • Ability to prepare written and oral reports and presentations that communicate necessary information to professional audiences, policy makers, and the public.
  • Ability to demonstrate the basic principles of risk communication.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that foster collaboration, strong partnerships, and team building to accomplish program goals and objectives.
  • Detail-oriented with ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong organizational skills, with ability to meet deadlines, both prescribed and self-imposed.
  • Ability to work in a culturally competent manner:
    • Describe population by race; ethnicity; culture; societal, educational, and professional backgrounds; age; gender; religion; disability; and sexual orientation.
    • Establish relationships with groups of special concern (e.g., disadvantaged groups, groups subject to health disparities, historically underrepresented groups, ).
    • Use knowledge of specific sociocultural factors in the population to interpret findings.


  • A Master’s Degree with a focus in epidemiology or biostatistics and at least two (2) years of work experience in epidemiology or biostatistics with a public health agency;
  • OR a doctoral-level degree in epidemiology or biostatistics;


This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.


Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, effective January 10, 2022, it is a condition of employment for all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law. Employees starting on or before February 28, 2022 will need to provide proof of full vaccination up to 6 weeks after their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Employees starting after February 28, 2022 will need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date.  Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.

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