Senior Epidemiologist -- Birth Defects Research, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas


Overview: The Arkansas Reproductive Monitoring System (ARHMS), within the Section of Birth Defects Research in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI), seek candidates for the position of Senior Epidemiologist. The Senior Epidemiologist will collaborate with existing faculty in the design and implementation of genetic epidemiology studies and will provide expertise in management, analysis, and interpretation of birth defect surveillance, laboratory and research project data. The Senior Epidemiologist will be responsible for maintaining and updating analysis procedures and protocols for data manipulation and quality assurance and control procedures for ARHMS and other research projects. The successful candidate will utilize appropriate epidemiologic and statistical methods in data analysis using statistical software (e.g., SAS, STATA, SPSS, etc.), and various other databases, graphics, mapping, spreadsheet, and word processing applications and will be responsible for becoming an expert in birth defects data, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Birth Defects Prevention Study and BD-STEPS databases.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Senior Epidemiologist will manipulate, clean, tabulate, and analyze large datasets (e.g., hospital discharge data, vital records) and create or utilize matching programs to link records using available identifiers. The position will be responsible for maintaining and updating standardized algorithms and systems for using ARHMS Surveillance data and laboratory data for routine monitoring and periodic reports and will assist in the preparation of grant applications, progress reports, scientific articles and presentations, other deliverables, as well as support ongoing and new clinical and epidemiologic research.

The Senior Epidemiologist will work closely with the Section for Birth Defects Research’s Database Manger and ARHMS Directors to ensure the ARHMS database is maintained and updated as needed. The Senior Epidemiologist will also work closely with faculty, research and public health partners, community organizations and external organizations (e.g., the National Birth Defects Prevention Network) that collaborate with, or request data or reports from ARHMS or the Center. The position will train faculty/staff who work as data analysts and data managers within the Section, including biostatisticians, epidemiologists and bioinformaticians, on the use of Section databases and analytic research data programs, and will serve as the Section’s liaison with the state’s Center for Health Statistics at the Arkansas Department of Health and perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Qualified candidates must have at least a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or a directly related field. The successful candidate should have a minimum of seven years of experience using statistical software (e.g. SAS, STATA, SPSS, R, etc.) for analysis of public health or clinical databases. For additional information about the position go to:  

More Information: The UAMS Department of Pediatrics employs over 210 faculty members and over 80 residents.  Arkansas Children’s Hospital is among the largest children’s hospitals in the United States. Located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, Little Rock is an exceptionally family-oriented community, with affordable housing, quality school options, a mild climate, excellent cultural and artistic venues, professional minor league sports, world class hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational opportunities plus extraordinary natural beauty. With a population in excess of 500,000, Greater Little Rock offers the most desirable features of large cities without sacrificing ease of access or convenience. For more information, please see our website:

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit an application through the UAMS Human Resources Application System at

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