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 doctoral-level epidemiologist to join our nationally recognized vaccine research team as a tenure-track scientist. The successful candidate will join a highly successful research team conducting federally funded and industry funded studies. Major vaccine research activities include the CDC Vaccine Safety Datalink, U.S. Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Network, vaccine immunogenicity research, and multiple studies of Covid-19 epidemiology and vaccine safety. Major Covid-19 studies include household transmission, prospective community cohort study, and near-real time monitoring of vaccine-associated adverse events.

The CCEPH vaccine research team includes five MD or PhD investigators, two masters-prepared epidemiologists, and a biostatistician. They are supported by a large multidisciplinary team of programmer/analysts, research coordinators, project managers, research assistants, and the Integrated Research and Development Laboratory. CCEPH research activities are funded by CDC, NIH, FDA, PCORI, and industry. More information on CCEPH is available at

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. US News & World Report has ranked Marshfield High School in the top 10% statewide. Marshfield combines small city charm with Midwestern hospitality.

Tenure Track Epidemiologist Position

The tenure track epidemiologist will lead and contribute to applied infectious disease epidemiology and vaccine research in collaboration with CCEPH investigators and academic partners. The successful candidate may be hired as Associate Research Scientist or Research Scientist based on qualifications and experience. The epidemiologist will contribute to existing federally funded vaccine research, and he/she will be expected to establish an independent research program with external funding. Areas of focus may include respiratory virus epidemiology and disease burden, vaccine immune response, vaccine effectiveness and safety, transmission dynamics, correlates of protection, direct and indirect vaccine effects, imprinting and repeated vaccination effects, social determinants of vaccine uptake and acceptance, investigator initiated clinical trials, and other types of applied vaccine research. This scientific position does not include vaccine development or preclinical research. Potential funding sources include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, PCORI, National Institutes of Health, and industry sponsors, among others.

CCEPH emphasizes team-based science, and the successful candidate will have opportunities to lead and collaborate on CCEPH research teams. We are seeking a self-directed scientist who is able to problem-solve, communicate effectively, and lead/support project teams. Major responsibilities will include development of a high quality research portfolio, serving as PI and coinvestigator on external grant applications, and leading study implementation and data analysis. The epidemiologist will present results at national or international scientific meetings and publish research results in peer-reviewed journals. The successful candidate will secure external funding to support their research program as stated in the MCRI tenure track policy (available on request).

Qualifications for Associate Research Scientist

  • PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in epidemiology or related field is required.
  • At least 2 years of experience in infectious disease, public health, or vaccine research is required. This may include doctoral thesis or postdoctoral fellowship.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in epidemiologic study design and analytic methods is required, including proficiency with use of statistical software. Experience with SAS is desirable but not required.
  • Original research publications in peer-reviewed, indexed journals are required. This must include one or more first author publications.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are expected.
  • Experience as principal investigator and leading research teams is desirable.
  • A track record of competitive extramural research funding is desirable.

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 about the application process, contact Angela Koehler in Human Resources at Please contact Edward Belongia, M.D.; CCEPH Scientific Director at for questions regarding the position and scientific opportunities.

To apply online, please visit our website at   Position number: R-0010570