Careers at Marshfield Clinic Research Institute

Marshfield Clinic Research Institute (MCRI) is the largest private medical research institute in Wisconsin. MCRI is the research division of Marshfield Clinic, an integrated multispecialty health care system with over 10,000 employees and 1,200 providers in 50+ locations. The MCRI Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health (CCEPH) is seeking a masters-level epidemiologist to join our nationally recognized vaccine research team, including support for CDC-funded research programs on vaccine safety and effectiveness. SARS-CoV-2 research activities include household transmission, prospective community cohort study, and planned assessment of vaccine-associated adverse events and vaccine effectiveness. The CCEPH vaccine research program is supported by a combined electronic medical record, medication and immunization registries, and a large group of experienced epidemiologists and scientific support staff. CCEPH research activities are funded by CDC, NIH, FDA, PCORI, and industry.

Marshfield is a city in central Wisconsin, about 2 hours north of Madison. It offers all the benefits of a small city lifestyle with convenient access to metropolitan areas, including Minneapolis-St. Paul, Milwaukee, and Chicago. City or country living opportunities are readily available. The community offers a rewarding and low stress lifestyle with short commute times, an excellent school system, affordable housing, cultural events, and a variety of outdoor recreational activities. The Washington Post has ranked Marshfield High School as the best in Wisconsin. Marshfield combines small city charm with Midwestern hospitality.

Masters Epidemiologist Position

The Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health is seeking a masters-level epidemiologist. The Epidemiologist will support epidemiology and vaccine research with a major focus on the Vaccine Safety Datalink, a CDC-funded research program. The epidemiologist will function as a project manager, research collaborator, and key contact for VSD based research. Major responsibilities will include: a) coordination of research studies, b) data management and analytic support, c) assistance with study design, protocol development, grant writing and d) ensuring compliance with IRB and privacy rules. The masters epidemiologist will assist with manuscript writing and data analysis using SAS. Opportunities will be available to serve as coauthor on research publications, and present study results at investigator meetings or scientific conferences. The masters epidemiologist will interact frequently with collaborators at CDC and other VSD sites. This position will be supervised by the VSD principal investigators.

The VSD project is a collaboration between the CDC Immunization Safety Office and nine health care research organizations: The VSD was established in 1990 to monitor immunization safety and address the gaps in scientific knowledge about rare and serious events following immunization. The VSD project includes a large linked database that uses administrative data sources at each site to conduct vaccine safety research. VSD studies link electronic immunization data with clinical outcomes (outpatient, inpatient and ED diagnoses) and use a variety of study designs to identify vaccine-associated adverse events. The VSD also conducts population based active surveillance to monitor vaccine adverse events in near-real time. New VSD research activities include planning for near-real time assessment of adverse events after Covid-19 vaccination, and a study to identify vaccine-mediated enhanced disease in Covid-19 vaccine recipients.

The Marshfield VSD study team includes MD/PhD researchers, biostatisticians, programmers, and research coordinators. Additional opportunities may be available to work on other research projects in the areas of infectious disease, cancer, and chronic disease epidemiology.


  • MPH, MS or equivalent degree in epidemiology or related field is required.
  • Strong analytic skills with training in statistics and use of statistical software are required. (SAS or equivalent is preferred).
  • Work experience in epidemiology research or public health practice is required; this may include work experience during a training program. Prior experience in vaccine-related research is desirable.
  • Experience working on collaborative research teams is preferred.
  • Publications are desirable.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Self-directed individual who is able to problem solve and work independently to coordinate VSD program activities.

Marshfield Clinic offers competitive wages, a comprehensive benefits package, employer-funded retirement plan, and a 401(k) plan.

Marshfield Clinic Health System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Interested applicants are invited to submit an online application along with resume and cover letter. For more information, contact Angela Koehler in Human Resources at

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