Senior Epidemiologist/Senior Study Director (Virtual Work Arrangement)

Rockville , MD
Oct 02, 2022
Nov 12, 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 researcher in clinical health studies conducting research, surveys and evaluation studies on infectious diseases including COVID-19, influenza, and other respiratory diseases and/or HIV.  As a Senior Epidemiologist, you will lead and support large and small epidemiology studies on 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 network studies and surveys including COVID-19, influenza, other respiratory diseases, HIV, and other infectious diseases. You will provide epidemiology and data management support including developing protocols, overseeing, and conducting data management and analysis for Westat projects to support and contribute to scientific peer reviewed publications.

Job Responsibilities:
• Responsible for all stages of research and surveillance projects from protocol development through data collection, analysis, and reporting.
• Support study design to include refining protocols, data dictionaries and data collection plans.
• Manage project budgets, developing technical, staffing, and cost proposals.
• Conduct data cleaning and analysis on large, multi-site datasets.
• Keep the project on schedule and within budget.
• Leadership role in business development and writing proposals.
• Supervising staff and interacting with clients.
• Contribute to report results for publication in peer-reviewed and technical journals.

Basic Qualifications:
• Master's Degree in Epidemiology, Public Health or equivalent and 8 years of experience or a PhD with 3 years of experience.
• Experience managing project budgets, developing technical, staffing and cost proposals.
• Experience with SAS required.
• Experience drafting statistical analysis plans and overseeing analysis.
• Experience collecting and analyzing data from administrative (e.g., Electronic Medical Records) and primary sources (agencies, individuals)

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

You will have excellent communication skills. You will also be a collaborator, with the Westat team and our clients.

The pay range for this role is 90-125k.

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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