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San Diego County: Epidemiologist I - Public Health Services - Molecular Scientist

San Diego County PHL

Department: Public Health Lab Section: Genomic Sequencing

Posted On: August 22, 2023

Application Deadline: September 11, 2023

The County of San Diego Public Health Laboratory is seeking an experienced and highly motivated Epidemiologist with specialization in Molecular Science. This position supports the public health laboratory’s next-generation sequencing program. This includes generation of target genetic sequences, amplicon qualification and quantitation, DNA/RNA library preparation and generation of sequence data using nucleic acid sequencing instrumentation and reagents.

The ideal candidate must be able to work in a complex environment with professionals in public health, laboratory staff, epidemiology, and information technology; be proficient in next-generation sequencing technology, molecular sequencing, and use of bioinformatics data for disease investigations; be skilled at documentation with a strong attention to detail and communicate complex technical information to a wide range of non-technical audiences or constituencies. Additionally, a quality candidate will have knowledge of the following technical proficiencies:

Molecular Scientist

  • Knowledge in the field of microbiology, molecular biology, molecular chemistry, and microbial population genetics.

  • Experience with research and development of assays and troubleshooting.

  • Public health reporting, information system standards, and public health data.

  • Principles and practices of epidemiology, and methods of collecting, compiling, and analyzing statistical and other research data.

  • Informatics skills necessary to analyze and visualize WGS data for the evaluation of phylogenetic relatedness, genotypic markers, and other actionable public health information.

  • Familiarity with the following instruments or techniques: MiSeq/NextSeq - Thermal Cyclers - Centrifuges - TapeStation - SpectraMax - Pipettes - Liquid Handling Robots - Automated RNA/DNA extraction equipment (e.g. Qiacube) - Qubit Fluorometer.

For a complete description of the duties and responsibilities of Epidemiologist I, please click here.


  1. A master's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency in public health with specialization in epidemiology, bio-statistics, or a related field; OR,

  2. A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency in epidemiology, bio-statistics, public health, life science or related field, AND, two (2) years of experience in a public health, medical or community services agency, which must have included responsibility for designing instruments for collecting and analyzing epidemiological or demographic data, and interpreting findings pertaining to such data.

Note: A Ph.D. in epidemiology, public health, life science or a closely related field from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency is highly desirable.

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