Epidemiologist/Data Analyst

Public Health


Karna is seeking a Epidemiologist/Data Analyst to provide high level expertise in applicable public health disciplines to collect, abstract, code, analyze, or interpret scientific data contained within information systems and databases related to public health for current work with the Defense Suicide Prevention Office. The candidate will be responsible for developing and applying analytic methodologies and principles and who will lead the application of analytic techniques and help define project objectives and strategic direction.


  • Provide data management, reporting and analysis support to study investigators using SPSS, R, SAS, and other statistical packages.
  • Conduct in-depth analyses using traditional and advanced methods.
  • Using independent judgment and discretion, apply standard and non-standard quantitative and/or qualitative methods and techniques.
  • Interpret the results of quantitative and qualitative analysis to improve the effectiveness of the programmatic and administrative operations.
  • Author research summaries and reports containing actionable recommendations.
  • Manage/merge data from multiple sources, examine data for trends, and generate reports in various formats.
  • Provide programming support in the development and maintenance of active projects.
  • Apply knowledge of and expertise in various social science and public health research designs and quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Analyze research findings and make recommendations for future research needs. 
  • Identify evidence-based or evidence-informed practices and advise Defense Suicide Prevention Office on how they can be adopted in programs and policies.
  • Support efforts to ensure that data standards are developed and maintained in a consistent way.
  • Serve as an organizational subject matter expert on data related issues to assist users in meeting their needs.
  • Review project reports and findings. Review applications, data sets and models for anomalies to ensure accuracy.
  • Interpret and display data in a clear and concise manner.
  • Design and evaluate the results of complex controlled experiments.
  • Clean, organize, and synchronize complex flat and relational databases.
  • Translate and present complex analyses into action-oriented recommendations to clients and/or large groups. 
  • Deconstruct complex issues into simplified problem statements and lay out objective approaches to identify and compare competing solutions. 





  • Minimum Master's degree in a science, PhD preferred in a quantitative discipline (such as computer science, mathematics, physics, or statistics).
  • 7-10 years' relevant experience.
  • Proven experience in SPSS, SAS, and/or R.
  • Knowledge of analytical and evaluative techniques to identify, consider and resolve issues or problems.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods to plan and implement public health programs.
  • Well-versed in MS Office products, specifically Excel and Powerpoint. 
  • Authoritative quantitative analysis skills, particularly in machine learning, multivariate statistical modeling, and data mining.
  • Familiarity with DoD policies, procedures, and culture.
  • Ability to multi-task, respond effectively to changing events and competing priorities to meet deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail and problem-solving abilities. 
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills.
  • Superior written and oral communication.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Presently or previously held a CAC or PIV ready status prior to reporting for work.
  • Obtain/maintain a favorable FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check), two forms of identity proofed identification (I-9 document), and submit a National Agency Check and Law Credit (NACLAC II) vetting package for processing.
  • Maintain favorable FBI National Criminal History checks and ensure completion and successful adjudication of a NACLAC as required for Federal employment.




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