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Epidemiologist (Communicable diseases) (M/F)

TYPE DE CONTRAT : CDI - temps plein

 

The Laboratoire national de santé (Luxembourg public institution) is recruiting an Epidemiologist (Communicable diseases) (M/F) for the Department of Microbiology in a full time position (40h/week) with a permanent contract.

 

The “Laboratoire national de santé” (LNS) is a public institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Health in Luxembourg. LNS is organized as a multidisciplinary institute and supported by a professional services team, the LNS includes four scientific departments in the fields of medical biology, microbiology, forensic medicine, and health protection, in addition to hosting the National Center of Pathology and the National Center of Genetics. The LNS is based at Dudelange, with state of the art, modern infrastructure in line with recent developments in medical sciences. Its objective is to develop scientific and analytical expertise related to the prevention, diagnosis, and monitoring of human diseases. Its ultimate mission is to serve patients and citizens and offer excellence in health care.

 

The department of microbiology offers reference laboratory activities in partnership with various other public and private laboratories in the country. At the same time, it works closely together with the Ministry of Health and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on epidemiological matters, as well as the National Service for Infectious Diseases as far as diagnostics is concerned.

Profile

This is an unprecedented time within the healthcare system and LNS has a key role in responding to and planning for recovery from the current Covid-19 pandemic. Our new operating model represents a strong shift to public health Microbiology. As we move forward, this is an exciting time to join our department. Expanding our team in Epidemiology is a crucial next step for us to ensure we have the leadership this challenge demands in ensuring successful local outbreak management plans. We welcome epidemiologist from a range of backgrounds, medical and non-medical, and value the experience and diversity this brings. Our expanding public health Microbiology, embraces this with a strong commitment to collaboration, team working and personal development. We invite you to join us at a truly exciting time.

Recognizing the importance of preventing and responding to a range of potentially infectious pathogens, the evolving department of microbiology has prioritized significant investment for the development of our public health microbiology services. Building on our strengths, and working closely with wider partners, we are transforming our services to deliver a world-class service for the prevention, management, and control of communicable diseases.

To complement our existing teams, the department of Microbiology is seeking to appoint a highly motivated, enthusiastic Public Health Specialist to the post of Epidemiologist (communicable diseases). This post is available at full time basis on a permanent contract.

The post holder will provide leadership, management and oversight of the health protection function, including the response to incidents and outbreaks. The postholders will have responsibility for day to day operational delivery including working closely with partners, and ensuring delivery of high-quality surveillance, response and support.

The successful candidate will be competent to develop, direct and collaborate on research projects and programmes in communicable diseases. The candidate will also have strong leadership skills, experience of teaching and supervising students and trainees in intervention and surveillance epidemiology.

 

Responsabilities

  • Conducts epidemiologic investigations of clusters and outbreaks reported to LNS by interviewing cases and contacts (in collaboration with Health Inspection division at Health directorate).
  • Establishing and maintaining communicable diseases surveillance systems.
  • Reviews surveillance data on an on-going basis to establish baselines and identify trends, outbreaks and clusters.
  • Drafts summaries and final reports on investigations of communicable disease, participates in the development of advisories, press releases, alerts for the public, schools, and healthcare facilities.
  • Prepares and delivers educational materials and lectures to professional and public groups in order to maintain awareness and understanding of infectious diseases epidemiology and control.
  • Stays informed of current trends and data in the epidemiology of communicable diseases, by reviewing the professional literature and by attending, when feasible and appropriate, seminars, courses and conferences.
  • Responds to infectious disease emergencies on 24-hours/7 days a week basis by determining appropriate control methods in order to alleviate the crisis.

 

Qualifications & Skills

 To be successful in this role, you will need to demonstrate a high level of technical skill and intellectual rigor and be able to cope with multiple and changing demands in a fast paced and unpredictable environment.

 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Medicine, epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, public health, microbiology, statistics, or other health-related field.
  • Excellent command of English is required and fluency in either of the national languages (French, German or Luxembourgish)
  • Four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or technical experience in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, public health, microbiology, or statistics.
  • Master’s degree with a major in epidemiology, biology, public health, microbiology, statistics, or other health-related field.

 

Required Skills

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of epidemiology, general immunology, biology and disease processes.
  • Demonstrated familiarity of epidemiologic research methods and techniques.
  • Proven knowledge of the methods of statistical and scientific report writing including the ability to prepare and use charts and diagrams.
  • Effective interpersonal and influencing skills, be able to prioritise work, and work well against a background of change and uncertainty.
  • Aptitude in adjusting to changing situations to meet emergency or changing program requirements, and follow-up to ensure that higher priority cases are followed up first and in greater detail than less urgent cases.
  • Skilled in eliciting sensitive and confidential information.
  • Able to work well independently.
  • Proficiency using statistical analysis software, such as Stata, SAS, or R as well as Microsoft Programs including Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

 

Prospective candidates are invited to contact Dr Tamir Abdelrahman, Head of Microbiology department +352 28 100 500 or via email tamir.abdelrahman@lns.etat.lu

 

If you meet the above profile and wish to apply, please send your application (CV, letter of intent and copies of your degrees) via the application button blow.

Your application will be treated confidentiality.