Director of Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention -- Epidemiologist IV

Director of Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention ("Epidemiologist IV") 

Salary Range: $74,044 - $103,414 yearly (full-time)

Please apply through the Massachusetts DPH job postings website (Posting# 150001Z6):

Posting date: 12/2/2015; position will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to applicants that apply within the first 14 days


The Epidemiologist will direct the Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention including oversight of the Birth Defects Monitoring Program and Center research activities. The Center conducts statewide active birth defects surveillance as mandated by statute and regulation, monitors critical congenital heart defects to evaluate newborn screening for these birth defects, and participates in state and national etiologic and health outcomes/health services utilization research related to these conditions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides scientific expertise in birth defects surveillance and research. Makes scientific determinations which form the basis for policy development, resource allocation, and programmatic activities involving birth defects.
  • Makes independent epidemiologic decisions and other judgments for the Birth Defects Center.
  • Collaborates with state and national partners including the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, the Centers for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, and the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at CDC.
  • Leads the state collaborative for birth defects research including a number of senior Massachusetts epidemiology organizations.
  • Oversees Massachusetts participation in federal grants including the Birth Defects Study to Evaluate Pregnancy Exposures (BD-STEPS), Surveillance of Congenital Heart Defects among Adolescent and Adults, and the BD-STEPS Stillbirth Risk Factor Pilot Project.
  • Serves as the Principal Investigator on scientific research/assessment projects, grants and collaborations.
  • Develops competitive grant applications to secure continued and expanded funding for the Center's surveillance and research activities.
  • Leads the development of scientific reports and papers for publication.
  • Oversees the storage and use of the Center's biobank of maternal, paternal and infant biologic specimens.
  • Plans, assigns, schedules, prioritizes and reviews the work of the Center's staff including epidemiologists, data managers, project managers, and doctoral students.
  • Determines and oversees the work of all Birth Defects Center contractors.
  • Advises management of recommended procedural changes and provides recommendations regarding state and national policy related to birth defects.
  • Provides oversight to the Massachusetts Birth Defects Monitoring Program (BDMP) including updating of birth defects surveillance specifications, surveys, reports to train or inform agency staff, medical personnel, staff of community based organizations, or the general public.
  • Oversees utilization of data from the Birth Defects Monitoring Program for a variety of purposes including the production of periodic Birth Defects Surveillance Reports and Fact Sheets, as well as "Research Summaries" to report current research for specific birth defects or exposures considered risk factors for birth defects.
  • Utilizes innovative data sources to enhance information available to answer important public health questions related to birth defects (e.g. All Payer Claims Database).
  • Manages the work of and maintains input from the Birth Defects Monitoring Program Advisory Committee.
  • Oversees evaluation of the newborn screening program for critical congenital heart defects.
  • Provides general policy guidance to the Bureau and Department on all matters related to birth defects including changes in prevalence, service utilization, disparities, projected service needs and health outcomes.
  • Interfaces with other relevant state programs and agencies and numerous external collaborative partners to advance the work of the Center.
  • Serves as a member of the senior staff of the Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition.

Required Qualifications:

The candidate must have at least eight (8) years of professional experience in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology or microbiology, or related discipline, of which at least five (5) years must have been in a supervisory capacity. An equivalent combination of experience and education is possible; please see details in the job posting: (

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a doctorate degree in epidemiology and experience in birth defects surveillance and/or research. Experience directing a birth defects surveillance and/or research program is a plus as is a proven track record in acquiring grant funding and publishing scientific articles.

Please direct any questions to:

Marlene Anderka, Director/Principal Investigator,, 617-624-6045, or Gerlinde Munshi, Administrative Coordinator, Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention,, 617-624-5507.

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


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