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Infectious disease modeling analyst to support forecasting and modeling efforts for COVID-19, influenza, RSV, STIs

Under the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) cooperative agreement, Heluna Health, and the Division of Communicable Disease Control (DCDC) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are recruiting for a Data Analyst (Modeling) for the Modeling Section.

This position works under the administrative direction of the Research Scientist Supervisor I of the Modeling Section. This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s mission and strategic plan by performing a critical role in furthering forecasting and modeling efforts for COVID-19, influenza, RSV, STIs, and other priority infectious diseases of interest to the State of California to advance science, support public health practice, and inform policymaking.

The position responsibilities include conceiving, planning, and conducting specialized and complex modeling data analysis to support planning as part of both public health emergency and programmatic response. These models and analyses potentially include but are not limited to wastewater-based nowcasting and forecasting, behavioral modeling, and equity-based modeling projects.

If selected for an interview, candidates will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in R, Python, and/or other similar languages. The position will interact and collaborate with several multidisciplinary CDPH teams as well as other internal and external partners as they contribute to the Modeling Section’s mission and vision.

Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to be considered.

The salary range for this position is $81,600 to $97,992 annually depending on experience/qualifications.


Serves as a Data Analyst with the CDPH Modeling Section.
Supports data cleaning, synthesis, model parameterization and calibration under the guidance of senior statisticians and modelers on the team.
Collaborates on modeling projects, including wastewater-based nowcasting and forecasting, behavioral modeling, and equity topics.
Contributes to the development of forecasting models that estimate epidemiologic trends including incident cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Supports the successful completion of research output including text, tables and figures for public health presentations, reports, and published manuscripts.
Attends meetings with internal and external stakeholders and presents at scientific meetings as required.
Collaborate effectively with team members.

Performs other duties as required or assigned by Modeling Section Chief.

Knowledge of epidemiological/biostatistical methods, required.
Strong organizational skills, required.
Intermediate knowledge and use of statistical software, such as R and Python, required.
Knowledge of and skilled in the use of Microsoft Office and Google Workspace.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with public health and scientific professionals as well as internal partners.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and work well independently and with a team.
Demonstrate reliability, integrity and attention to detail.
Fluency in spoken and written English is required.

Bachelor’s degree in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, bioinformatics or other closely related fields, required.
At least one year of experience working on infectious disease research OR in a quantitative public health setting, required.
At least one year of experience working as an infectious disease modeler in a public health or academic setting, preferred.
Experience in participating in and coordinating complex projects.
Other Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

Knowledge of appropriate software and programming tools including R and/or Python, Git, Microsoft Office, and Google Workspace
Ability to work independently and collaboratively across multidisciplinary teams
Problem solving skills
Organization skills
Oral and written communication skills
Ability to present information to diverse audiences


Stand: Frequently
Walk: Frequently
Sit: Frequently
Handling / Fingering: Occasionally
Reach Outward: Occasionally
Reach Above Shoulder: Occasionally
Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend: Occasionally
Lift / Carry: Occasionally - Up to 30 lbs
Push/Pull: Occasionally - Up to 30 lbs
See (Vision): Constantly
Taste/ Smell: Not Applicable

Not Applicable = Not required for essential functions
Occasionally = (0 - 2 hrs/day)
Frequently = (2+ - 5 hrs/day)
Constantly = (5+ hrs/day)

Remote/hybrid work location. Must have functioning Wi-Fi/internet access at remote location.


It is the policy of Heluna Health to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Non academic
California Department of Public Health
Richmond, California
Closing date
July 11th, 2024
Posted on
June 21st, 2024 21:56
Last updated
July 12th, 2024 20:20