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Social Sciences Research
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The Center for Applied Public Health Research in the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Division of RTI International is currently seeking a senior epidemiologist. The successful candidate will provide overall leadership, management, and coordination for domestic and international epidemiologic and public health-related studies/activities. The candidate will serve as principal investigator or project director of contracts, cooperative agreements and/or grants funded by NIH, CDC, and/or DTRA that may involve registries, surveillance, and epidemiology studies in the areas of infectious and chronic diseases, antimicrobial resistance, environmental health, and modeling. We require candidates who have a proven track record in writing and winning grants, leading research, and participating in multi-entity collaborations. This position is preferred to be based in RTP, NC, Rockville, MD, or Washington, DC.  However, will consider telecommuters. 



  • Develop and nurture a funded research portfolio. Focus areas can include a wide range of chronic and infectious diseases with particular emphasis on topics of interest to NIH, CDC, and DTRA.   
  • Leverage research ideas to design, document, and oversee the development of proposals and projects. Identify other disciplines to involve in proposals and projects and coordinate or lead inter-disciplinary teams. 
  • Lead proposals of significant technical or organizational complexity, monetary value, or strategic importance. 
  • Lead epidemiology research studies as principal investigator, project director, and associate project director; provide fiscal oversight to project budgets.  
  • Develop, direct, and implement appropriate studies within the context of the organization’s research program including study design, protocol development, data collection and management, project coordination, and research administration and/or investigator-led studies. 
  • Contribute deep understanding of epidemiologic methods during study design, conduct, and data analysis;  synthesize findings in context of existing knowledge; author study reports and manuscripts.  
  • Contribute to scientific stature by publishing in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at professional, scientific, or technical meetings. 
  • Provide mentorship of junior staff for succession planning, and to advance their scientific stature and professional development.  
  • Conduct domestic and international project related travel, as required. 


  • Doctorate degree in epidemiology with a concentration in chronic or infectious diseases or environmental health.
  • Evidence of ability to win, manage, and monitor government contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements.
  • Experience in a leadership role for at least 7 years as at least a co-principal investigator or project director. 
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written, including at least 15 peer-reviewed publications.  
  • Expertise in epidemiologic methods including study design (cross-sectional, cohort, case-cohort, case-control, and randomized designs), study conduct, critical operational monitoring, and data analysis and interpretation.      
  • Attention to detail and accuracy; ensure projects meet RTI’s and client’s quality expectations. 
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel.

To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status.



As a global employer of choice, RTI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging  in the workplace and the communities and markets where we serve our mission. We value diversity of thought, culture, background and perspective and welcome applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, creed, citizenship status, disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws or RTI policy.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.
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