DEPT OF HEALTH/MENTAL HYGIENE
Job Posting Notice
City Research Scientist III / NHBS Project Director, Bureau of HIV
Civil Service Title
CITY RESEARCH SCIENTIST
Health, Policy, Research & Analysis
42-09 28th Street
# of Positions
Title Code No
Proposed Salary Range
$ 84,468.00 – $111,003.00 (Annual)
As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered city employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring agency.
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The mission of the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control (BHIV) is to end HIV transmission, promote the health of all New Yorkers with or vulnerable to HIV, reduce HIV-related inequities, and combat stigma.
The HIV Epidemiology Program is recruiting a Project Director (City Research Scientist III) for the New York City National HIV Behavioral Surveillance project (NHBS).
The NHBS is a national, Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded scientific research project conducted annually in New York City and in other participating jurisdictions.
The project investigates HIV risk behaviors, access to and utilization of HIV prevention services, and HIV prevalence among populations at increased risk for HIV, including men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and heterosexually active adults at increased risk.
DUTIES WILL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:
• Implement and contribute to scientific study research protocols.
• Coordinate all scientific study operations, working closely with the other scientists and study staff.
• Lead formative scientific research activities to inform the development of scientific study operations.
• Assist in the hiring and training of interview staff on data collection and other scientific research study protocols.
• Maintain communication with CDC and other project areas around the country.
• Attend national project and training meetings at CDC in Atlanta or at other designated locations (includes meetings in person or virtually).
• Conduct process data analyses to track sample recruitment, quality control, and other scientific research process activities.
• Provide the Project Investigator (PI) clear and well-organized reports on the progress of study activities.
• Develop, maintain and update NHBS data management systems and create special analytic datasets.
• Conduct ad hoc data analyses in response to special data requests.
• Develop, contribute to, and conduct in-depth analyses of specific scientific research questions using descriptive and multivariate statistical techniques.
• Disseminate key NHBS findings through presentations at seminars and meetings at the NYC DOHMH, other professional meetings, community-based organizations, and at other relevant venues.
• Prepare, contribute to, and write abstracts, reports, presentations and articles for peer-reviewed journals and scientific publications.
• Create and maintain documentation for scientific research study databases, files, variable creation and programs.
• Prepare informed consent forms and other study protocol materials related to human subjects protections for IRB review at the NYC DOHMH and, as necessary, CDC.
• Manage and submit all related IRB submissions, protocols, and presentations.
• Ensure and maintain participant confidentiality and data security.
• Assist the Project Investigator (PI) in preparing annual progress reports and budgets for submission to CDC for project continuation and renewal.
• Assist the Project Investigator (PI) in developing and preparing grant applications to fund project activities and for supplemental and other related scientific research studies.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.
To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:
1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
2. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least a master’s degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in “2” above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in “1” and “2” above.
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.
• Master’s or doctoral degree in public health or related field from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science is required.
• Detailed-oriented with outstanding organizational skills.
• Strong multi-task in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
• Demonstrated supervisory experience, in particular experience supervising scientific research study staff.
• Epidemiologic scientific research experience, specifically implementing research in the field.
• Excellent analytic skills, including proficiency in SAS.
• Experience in managing, cleaning and analyzing epidemiologic/research datasets, and understanding of complex surveillance and epidemiologic monitoring systems.
• Excellent interpersonal, scientific research, written and verbal communication skills.
• Great understanding to interpret quantitative data, read, interpret and synthesize epidemiologic and other scientific literature/peer-reviewed medical journals.
• Understand and prefessional experience in prepare presentations for diverse audiences.
**IMPORTANT NOTES TO ALL CANDIDATES:
Please note: If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:
• A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver’s license.
• Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title.
• Current Resume
• Proof of Address/NYC Residency dated within the last 60 days, such as: Recent Utility Bill (i.e. Telephone, Cable, Mobile Phone)
Additional documentation may be required to evaluate your qualification as outlined in this posting’s “Minimum Qualification Requirements” section. Examples of additional documentation may be, but not limited to: college transcript, experience verification or professional trade licenses.
If after your interview you are the selected candidate you will be contacted to schedule an on-boarding appointment. By the time of this appointment you will be asked to produce the originals of the above documents along with your original Social Security card.
The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DOHMH qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements.
Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:
“FINAL APPOINTMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET APPROVAL”
Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/. In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID # 466539.
We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.
The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.
All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.
NOTE: This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate in your resume that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a Program.
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.
The City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer