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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 252909-AS
Work type: Partial Remote, Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Data Analysis Services

Job Summary:

We seek a Syndromic Surveillance Data Analyst based at the Office of Health Informatics, Division of Public Health (DPH), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). Hired collaboratively with the UW-Madison Population Health Institute, the Syndromic Surveillance Data Analyst will develop and implement new data analysis reports and evaluate the ability of reports and key indicators to identify clusters and outbreaks earlier than conventional surveillance methods. Additionally, this position will evaluate and translate complex analysis into findings or conclusions and, if appropriate, recommendations that are concise and audience-specific through presentations, reports, and publications. The incumbent will:
- Monitor syndromic data quality;
- Grant users access to Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-Based Epidemics (ESSENCE) and Wisconsin Identifiable Syndromic Data Onsite Management (WISDOM);
- Serve as the subject matter expert on use of ESSENCE and WISDOM, alerting and creating dashboards, data visualization and syndromic definitions
- Work with DPH program areas to add syndromic data into their reports/data analyses;
- Provide direction and prioritization for syndromic data linkages with other data system; and
- Provide data quality and analytics expertise to Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS) program and communicable disease data contained within the system.

SMPH is committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Applications from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, LGBTQ+ and non-binary identities, women, persons with disabilities, military service members, and veterans are strongly encouraged.

Responsibilities: Data Scientist I (RE020)
Data Scientist II (RE021)
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Master's Degree in relevant discipline. Relevant disciplines include: public health, social sciences, public policy, health education, evaluation research, public health informatics, or related field.


- Experience and knowledge of research and evaluation methods in population health is required
- Ability to translate analytic findings for use by professional public health and community audiences is required
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing is required.
- Computer and statistical analysis programming skills using database and statistical software such as R, SQL, SAS or SPSS is required
- Experience in producing effective reports for public health audiences, policy-makers and the public is strongly preferred
- Ability to connect research/evaluation/analytic results to programs and policies is strongly preferred
- At least 2 years of successful and relevant postgraduate professional work experience in utilization of epidemiological concepts, principles, practices, and methods for effective syndromic surveillance, control, and/or prevention of diseases or outbreaks is strongly preferred.
- Knowledge of public health informatics, data and information systems is strongly preferred
- Knowledge of principles of program evaluation is strongly preferred
- Knowledge of syndromic surveillance programs and key syndromic indicators that provide early identification and alerting of diseases and outbreaks is preferred.
- Experience in data analysis and in applying analysis and research to policy and program development and evaluation in public health is preferred

Well qualified applicants will have:
- An interest in applied research in population health, epidemiology, public health, program evaluation and evaluation research, and public health informatics.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, as well as demonstrated experience with advanced statistical analysis programming and analysis skills.
- A mix of organizational, analytical, and writing skills

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 80% - 100%

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $60,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

How to Apply:

To begin the application process please click on the 'Apply Now' button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV and a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position. You will also be asked to provide contact information for three (3) references, including at least one current or former supervisor.


Nick Harding
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Data Scientist I(RE020) or Data Scientist II(RE021)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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