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Position Highlights:

Position Title: Senior Epidemiologist

Location: Remote

Position End Date: June 30, 2025

Salary: $94,500


The CDC Foundation is seeking candidates for a full-time Substance Use and Mental Health Senior Epidemiologist who will be responsible for leading complex, specialized epidemiological projects and integrating substance-related surveillance into the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. The incumbent will collaborate with stakeholders to produce public health reports and develop strategies that aim to reduce the number of substance use-related overdoses and infections in Maricopa County. This senior-level epidemiologist will guide a team that will be responsible for epidemiological investigations, substance-related surveillance data analysis, and program evaluations.


· Master’s degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, or a related public health field

· Three (3) years of experience performing epidemiological or statistical analysis.

· Postgraduate degrees or professional-level-related experience may substitute for the education or experience on a year-for-year-basis.

· Must have experience programming in SAS or R language.

· Must be able to work under stressful conditions related to death and disease.

· Strict adherence to confidentiality policies is required.

· Must be able to participate in emergency response training as scheduled and be available as directed in the event of a public health emergency.

· In consultation with the CDC Foundation Supervisor, this position may be required to work other than normal business hours to respond to public health emergencies and participate in public health events.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Master’s or doctoral degree in Public Health with emphasis in Epidemiology or a closely related field, such as Bioinformatics or Biostatistics.

· Four (4) or more years working in epidemiology or biostatistics with experience performing surveillance or data analysis at a public health, healthcare, or academic institution.

· Two (2) or more years of supervisory or lead experience managing analytical surveillance projects.


· Leads and coordinates activities that aim to achieve outcomes outlined by the MCDPH Overdose Data to Action work plan and mental health epidemiology priorities.

· Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to fulfill data requests, produce reports, and identify interventions for preventing substance use-related overdoses, infections, and mental health disorders including suicide.

· Ensures that surveillance activities align with prevention opportunities.

· Oversees data collection, quality assurance, and epidemiological analyses for substance use or mental health-related special projects and surveillance reports.

· Provides subject matter expertise and technical assistance on substance use surveillance by preparing protocols, policies, guidance documents, presentations, and reports of best practice for the office and external partners.

· Directs and coordinates activities of unit staff.

Special Notes:

This role is involved in a dynamic public health program. As such, roles and responsibilities are subject to change as situations evolve. Roles and responsibilities listed above may be expanded upon or updated to match priorities and needs, once written approval is received by both the CDC Foundation and the Maricopa Department of Public Health, in order to best support the Maricopa County, Arizona in their public health programming.

This position is currently a remote position. CDC Foundation retains the right to make adjustments to this as required.



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disabilities, veteran status, and all other characteristics protected by law.

We comply with all applicable laws including E.O. 11246 and the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 governing employment practices and do not discriminate on the basis of any unlawful criteria in accordance with 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-300.5(a)(12) and 60-741.5(a)(7). As a federal government contractor, we take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.

The CDC Foundation is a smoke-free environment.


Relocation expenses are not included.

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