Northern Medical Entomologist

Website Indiana State Department of Health (IDOH):

About the Job

The Medical Entomologist serves as a member of the medical entomology team in the Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Disease Program, which is part of the Epidemiology Resource Center (ERC) at the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH). The purpose of this position is to provide technical support to local health departments and conduct entomologic surveillance for vector-borne diseases in approximately 30 northern Indiana counties. This role also collaborates with professionals at educational institutions, other state agencies, and local health departments to solve problems due to adverse impacts of arthropods on vertebrate health and well-being.

A Day in the Life

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Maintain current subject matter expertise regarding the biology, surveillance, prevention, and control of vector-borne infectious diseases.
  • Conduct entomologic investigations and surveillance for tick-borne diseases (e.g., Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, spotted fever rickettsiosis, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and tularemia) and mosquito-borne diseases (e.g., West Nile virus disease, St. Louis encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, and La Crosse virus disease) endemic to Indiana.
  • Identify and process specimens collected for surveillance.
  • Conduct timely analysis of entomologic surveillance data.
  • Train and provide technical assistance to seasonal employees, local health departments, state agencies, other government agencies, and businesses in the technical aspects of vector control and vector-borne diseases.
  • Answer public inquiries regarding vector-borne diseases and arthropods of public health importance.
  • Prepare comprehensive educational presentations and deliver them effectively.
  • Regular extensive travel within assigned state territory to conduct surveillance, investigations, and trainings.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You’ll Need for Success

  • Knowledge of the biology of infectious disease vectors and other arthropods of public health importance (e.g., bed bugs, lice, mites).
  • Knowledge of the principles of public health entomologic surveillance.
  • Ability to conduct surveillance for vector-borne diseases using specialized field sampling techniques in all environments (e.g., swamps, forests, grasslands, brushlands, urban landscapes).
  • Ability to identify organisms, use taxonomic keys, and train others in these skills.
  • Ability to maintain a current Indiana driver’s license.
  • Ability to maintain certification through the Office of the Indiana State Chemist as a licensed pesticide applicator in Categories 7a-Health Related Pest Management and 8-Community-wide Mosquito Control.
  • Skill in managing data from surveillance, investigations, or other sources.
  • Skill in conducting public health investigations of individual cases and/or outbreaks of zoonotic and vector-borne infectious diseases.
  • Skill in making evidence-based recommendations and/or control measures in response to entomologic findings in both routine circumstances and emergencies.
  • Skill in effective communication with stakeholder partners and the public via written reports, oral presentations, and multimedia educational materials.
  • A master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., entomology, biological sciences) and ≥ 2 years’ relevant public health experience OR
  • A master’s degree in a non-relevant field and ≥ 4 years’ public health experience OR
  • A doctoral-level degree in entomology or other relevant fields OR
  • A graduate or professional degree in a health-related field (e.g., RN, MD/DO, DDS/DMD, DVM, PhD, RS) with specific medical entomology training (e.g., MPH degree, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service, or CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship) OR
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and ≥ 4 years’ relevant public health experience OR
  • A bachelor’s degree in a non-relevant field and ≥ 6 years’ public health experience.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports: 

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana: 

  • The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:
  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave
  • Free Parking
  • Free LinkedIn Learning

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