Epidemiologist - Remote

Rockville, VA
Sep 21, 2022
Oct 22, 2022
Analyst, Research
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.

Job Summary: 
Westat has an immediate opening for an Epidemiologist to join our team of researchers in conducting research, surveys, analysis, and evaluation studies on behavioral health and related topics including substance use, mental health, child welfare, and criminal justice.  In this position you will: a) lead and support large and small studies in our Behavioral Health and Health Policy Practice; b) collaborate and consult with investigators and internal project team members on your work designing and implementing multi-site studies and surveys; and c) provide epidemiology, analysis, and data management support including developing data protocols, and overseeing and conducting data management and analysis for Westat projects to support and contribute to project deliverables, reports, and scientific peer reviewed publications.

Job Responsibilities:
•    Support all stages of research and surveillance projects from protocol development through data collection, analysis, and reporting under the management of a project director or senior epidemiologist. 
•    Support study design to include refining protocols, data dictionaries and data collection plans. 
•    Conduct data cleaning, harmonization, and analysis on large, multiple datasets. 
•    Contribute to business development and proposal writing.  Supervise research assistant level staff. 
•    Interact with clients.
•    Contribute to preparing analytical results for publication in peer-reviewed and technical journals.

Basic Qualifications:
•    A Master's degree in Epidemiology, Public Health or equivalent and 2 years of experience.
•    Experience with project budgets, developing technical, staffing and cost proposals.
•    Experience with R and SAS required.

Minimum Qualifications: 
•    Experience drafting statistical analysis plans and conducting analysis.
•    Experience collecting and analyzing data from administrative records (e.g., Electronic Medical Records) and other primary sources (agencies, individuals). 

Preferred qualifications:
•    Experience disseminating research findings to a variety of audiences.
•    Experience working in a contracting 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.