Health Research, Inc.

  • Program Research Specialist III

    Job Location US-NY-Albany
    Posted Date 1 week ago(1 week ago)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Division of Epidemiology, Statistical Unit
    Position Type
    Full Time
    Position will Remain Open
    Until Application Submitted by Date
    Applications to be submitted by
    Salary Min
    USD $72,923.00/Yr.
    % Travel
    Up to 25%
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree in Statistics/Biostatistics, Economics, Epidemiology, Computer Science or related field and three years of research experience in the collection and evaluation of data or an Associate's degree in a related field and five years of such experience or seven years of such experience. A Master's degree in a related field may substitute for one year of the research experience.

    Preferred Qualifications

    The experience should include determining the kinds of information needed, appropriate data sources and collection methods, and developing written recommendations.  Database management and analytical skills plus use of programming tools, SAS and SQL preferred; knowledge of disease coding schemes such as LOINC/SNOMED and medical file transfer HL7; data analysis from a relational database and professional research in the use of syndromes for surveillance.


    The Program Research Specialist (PRS) III will be responsible for the coordination of the Division of Epidemiology Statistical Unit's syndromic surveillance efforts, focused on the opioid crisis. The PRS will validate and refine syndrome definitions and chief complaint filters (including drug overdose and opioid overdose), and monitoring incoming HL7 data feeds for completeness and timeliness. The PRS will monitor reports and alerts for detecting overdose spikes and outbreaks. The PRS will help maintain the Electronic Syndromic Surveillance System (ESSS) report module, including user acceptance testing, updating the user guide, and training users. The PRS will conduct research and analyses on hospital discharge ED data, Urgent Care Center (UCC) and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) data, and actively monitor the peer-reviewed literature for syndromic surveillance best practices, completing monthly literature reviews. Finally, the PRC will prepare reports for evaluation of surveillance systems and prepare for presentations and abstracts.

    Conditions of Employment

    Grant funded position through 8/31/19. Valid and unrestricted authorization to work in the U.S. through 8/31/19 is required.


    Compliance with funding requirements such as time and effort reporting, grant deliverables, and contract deliverables, is required.  


    HRI participates in the E-Verify Program.  


    Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Qualified Individuals with Disabilities/Qualified Protected Veterans



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