Senior Epidemiologist/Study Director - Remote

Rockville , MD
Aug 11, 2022
Sep 20, 2022
Executive, Director
Healthcare, Research
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.
Westat has an immediate opening for a senior epidemiologist/study director to join our team of leading researchers in health studies conducting epidemiologic, clinical, laboratory and survey research in transfusion medicine practice including health outcomes, blood banking (blood collection, screening, and processing strategies), and infectious diseases including COVID-19 and HIV.

As a Senior Epidemiologist, you will lead and support large and small domestic and international research studies in transfusion medicine and infectious diseases. You will collaborate and consult with networks of external investigators and internal project team members on your work designing and implementing multi-site studies and surveys. You will provide epidemiology support including study design, developing protocols, overseeing data management and analysis plans for Westat projects to support and contribute to scientific peer reviewed publications.

Job Responsibilities:
• Responsible for all stages of research from study conceptualization and design, to protocol development, through data collection, analysis, and reporting.
• Advice external network investigators on study design by refining hypotheses, performing sample size calculations, and writing statistical analysis plans.
• Conduct data cleaning and analysis on large, linked, longitudinal datasets.
• Manage project budgets, developing technical, staffing, and cost proposals.
• Keep the project on schedule and within budget.
• Assume leadership role in business development and writing proposals.
• Supervise staff and interact with clients and collaborators.
• Contribute to manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed and technical journals.

Basic Qualifications:
• Master's Degree in epidemiology, public health or equivalent and 8-10 years of research experience/PhD with 5 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.
• Expertise in designing and conducting multi-site studies in transfusion medicine, health outcomes research or infectious diseases.
• Programming experience in SAS and R required.
• Experience drafting statistical analysis plans and overseeing and conducting analysis.
• Experience with cutting edge data visualization techniques and tools.
• Experience managing project budgets, developing technical, staffing, and cost proposals.
• Experience collecting and analyzing large datasets of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and data from primary sources (e.g., agencies, individuals).

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience working in a contracting environment.
• Experience presenting research findings to a variety of audiences.
• Fluency in Portuguese is highly desirable.

Candidates must possess excellent communication skills and be able to work in a team environment.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account


Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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