Senior Epidemiologist (Legionella & Zoonoses)

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.

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Department: Department of Health
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Administration / Secretarial
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1692990
Closing Date: 01-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 685755 - VPS5 - Senior Epidemiologist_LEGZOO - Position Description.pdf (PDF, 189KB)
Job Specification

685755 - VPS5 - Senior Epidemiologist_LEGZOO - Position Description.docx (Word, 159KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Hazel Clothier

Position Details



The Senior Epidemiologist (Legionella & Zoonoses) will work across both the Public Health Intelligence for Victoria (PHIV) and Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance (CDES) teams. The position provides specialist technical advice relating to the epidemiology and surveillance of legionellosis and zoonotic diseases, and supports the design, development, and implementation of projects in this area.


The position also supports the work of the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance team by providing epidemiological advice and support across all other notifiable conditions, when necessary. The position participates in the Victorian Department of Health's communicable disease response activities and will work closely with colleagues from across the Health Protection Branch and other Australian jurisdictions.


The Senior Epidemiologist (Legionella & Zoonoses) will bring key leadership capabilities including navigating new and different environments, brokering agreement across areas, communicating effectively across government, and quickly comprehending new and complex material.


Do you have


  • A strong interest in and understanding of the transmission and control of legionellosis and/or zoonotic disease?
  • Postgraduate qualifications in public health, with a specific qualification in epidemiology?
  • Demonstrated experience in communicable disease epidemiology and surveillance, preferably in a government health department setting?


  • Manage surveillance activities in relation to legionellosis and notifiable zoonotic diseases.
  • Provide consistent support and authoritative advice on case definitions, laboratory result interpretation and epidemiology during case, cluster, and outbreak investigations.
  • Develop and undertake projects and protocol improvements related to the surveillance of legionellosis and notifiable zoonotic diseases.
  • Develop evidence-based policy options related to legionellosis and notifiable zoonotic diseases.
  • Participate in capacity building activities for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Negotiate and liaise with internal and external stakeholders in relation to legionellosis and notifiable zoonotic diseases
  • Provide supervision to students placed within the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance team.
  • Prepare both routine surveillance reports and articles for publication in peer reviewed journals.
  • Initiate research and analysis within areas of expertise consistent with Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance activities and priorities.
  • Provide epidemiological support and advice relating to a range of communicable diseases when required.
  • Contribute to the ongoing improvement of reporting from the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and
  • Surveillance team.
  • Support the implementation of the Victorian Public Health Surveillance Strategy 2022-2026.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the Environmental Health Epidemiology Surveillance Program Plan.
  • Act as a role model and embody the Department of Health's values in all day-to-day activities.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's records, information security and privacy policies and requirements.
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for that of others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate how the actions and outcomes of this role and work unit impact clients and the department's ability to deliver, or facilitate the delivery of, effective support and services.


Mandatory Vaccination Policy

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients. As it is an essential element of any role within the department that employees be able to attend work onsite and to do so safely, employees are required to be up-to-date with their vaccinations against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment. This requirement applies unless they have a medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID -19. Therefore, the department will ask any prospective employee, who has been identified as the preferred candidate for a role within the department, to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to any offer of employment being made. If a prospective employee has a relevant medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, they should contact the department to discuss their individual circumstances.


Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

The Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) Recruitment Policy allows for priority consideration for Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

As such, these employees are strongly encouraged to submit their application through rather than via external advertisement.

For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

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