Surveillance System Operations / Surveillance-based Epidemiology ESR, Wellington

Are you a public health physician, other medical specialist, or medical practitioner experienced in surveillance system operation and/or surveillance-based epidemiology (including senior public health medicine registrars or recent graduates)? ESR would also be interested in the possibility of secondments. Do you have a particular interest in surveillance-based epidemiology or emergency response?

ESR is looking for specialists and practitioners who have these backgrounds especially in response or team leadership positions. You will be providing professional advice and expertise to public health units (PHUs) and the Ministry of Health on the surveillance, investigation, prevention and control of health events of public health importance. As a public health physician you will draw on your medical expertise to support ESR's role in outbreak management and control of infectious diseases.

In these roles you can expect to be involved in:

  • Identifying and interpreting disease trends and emerging hazards, particularly related to communicable diseases.
  • Supporting the national response to COVID-19 through support for our routine work and also potentially through cover for specialists currently working on the response.
  • Initiating, designing, executing and leading outbreak investigations and research projects to describe the distribution of health events and their aetiology.
  • Coordinating multi-jurisdictional outbreaks alongside other agencies such as the MoH and Ministry for Primary Industries.
  • Supporting PHUs in outbreak investigation. This may involve visits to selected PHUs and other key stakeholders conducted in collaboration with Ministry of Health staff.
  • Working with a project manager to lead or support the public health medicine input into our work to develop our emergency response capability as we work through the various stages of the response to COVID-19.

About you

You'll hold current registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand, and ideally be registered in public health medicine (or be working towards this registration). Ideally you'll have experience in working across agencies and navigating through the wider public sector, and have a knack for building effective and enduring relationships.

The team is busy and working across multiple activities; you'll be adept at juggling multiple tasks and be comfortable working in an environment where no day is ever the same.

If this sounds like you, then ESR can offer you:

  • A chance to make a difference for the good of New Zealand
  • An exciting and diverse environment
  • Active work/life policies including family-friendly initiatives, flexible hours and additional leave

ESR has opportunities emerging for initial fixed term positions for at least 18 months and at least one permanent position and we welcome expressions of interest for these opportunities. Ideally positions will be located at our Kenepuru site in Wellington, though we may also be able to consider candidates for opportunities in other cities.

A pre-employment drug-screen, disclosure of criminal charges/convictions and proof of academic qualifications/papers are conditions of employment for this position

For more information, or to express an interest in these roles, please contact Virigina Hope, Medical Director, 027 253 5681, or email your CV to with a copy to after 18 January 2021,