job #12,281: Public Health Scientist - Environmental Public Health Program - Alaska
The Environmental Public Health Program evaluates the possible hazards to human health associated with toxic substances in the environment. Epidemiological studies and toxicological risk assessments are used to evaluate human exposures to hazardous substances and potential health risks. Learn more about the program’s activities and hot topics at http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/eph/Pages/default.aspx.
We are a team of employees who demonstrate a vision for public health improvement, ensure all Alaskans have the opportunity to lead healthy lives, exemplify ethical conduct, apply the best available health information and strategies, and are committed to continuously and enthusiastically working to achieve the best health for Alaskans and their communities.
The Environmental Public Health Program is within the Division of Public Health’s Section of Epidemiology. Our mission is to keep Alaskans safe from communicable diseases; injuries; and environmental, occupational, and other health hazards. Learn more about our programs and activities at http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/Pages/default.aspx.
As a division of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Division of Public Health is the chief strategist for existing and emerging public health issues in Alaska. Our services protect life, health, and safety of Alaskans; we serve as a trusted source of health information; and through our systems work, we strengthen the essential public health infrastructure, services, and partnerships. Learn more about us at http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Pages/default.aspx.
In direct consultation to the Chief, Section of Epidemiology, this position is responsible for managing and supervising the activities and staff of the Environmental Public Health Program. This program evaluates and educates about the possible hazards to human health associated with toxic substances in the environment.
We are looking for the following demonstrated knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences:
- Doctoral degree in toxicology, epidemiology, or related environmental health sciences preferred, but not required;
- Demonstrated knowledge of environmental toxicology principles, including the fate and transport of chemicals in the environment;
- At least three years of experience investigating exposures to environmental contaminants and evaluating human health risks;
- At least one year experience in program planning, budget development, and supervision;
- Experience communicating the results of scientific information to peers, both through oral presentations and publication in peer-reviewed scientific literature;
- Experience working effectively as a member of a team;
- Ability to work with a high degree of independence and flexibility;
- Ability to multi-task with frequent interruptions while remaining calm, organized, and accurate;
- Ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, complex information in a simplified manner that is understandable to people of different backgrounds, ages, and levels of education;
- Ability to communicate professionally, effectively, and diplomatically while under pressure;
- High degree of interpersonal relationship and collaboration skills; and,
- Strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and consensus-building skills.