Epidemiology Fellowship

ORAU Maryland Office
Decatur, Georgia, US
May 01, 2021
May 11, 2021
Employment Type
Salary Type
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

The selected participant will gain experience in the field of zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases, specifically those that involve the human-animal-environment interface, One Health, and COVID-19. The specific projects involve epidemiological, programmatic, and educational projects related to the prevention and control of zoonoses, and contributing to the development of guidance for use by human and animal health and other partners that can enhance surveillance, response, and prevention of zoonoses in the US and globally.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be trained in the following activities:

Contribute to One Health activities related to human-animal-environment interface issues, COVID-19, emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance, pandemic preparedness, and outbreak response
Contribute to the development of resources to support partners to address zoonotic diseases, including COVID-19
Contribute to the development of data analysis plans and analyze data collected from epidemiological studies and information collected from human and animal health partners
Participate in the development of visualizations from data gathered from epidemiological studies and surveillance activities
Collaborate to support the development of resources for pandemic planning and guidance development for companion animals, zoo animals, wildlife, and livestock
Conduct systematic reviews and literature searches to support the development of evidence- based recommendations related to COVID-19 and One Health
Maintaining accurate records of process-specific objectives, timelines, outcomes, and deliverables
Writing and editing summary of evidence documents and prevention recommendations
Collaborating with One Health groups (both internal and external to CDC), professional human, animal, and environmental health societies, local, state and city health departments, international organizations and governments, non-governmental organizations, and community-based organizations, and others.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Spring 2021

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed for an additional four years upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree with completion by the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

Knowledge and understanding of One Health, public health, and epidemiological principles
Basic skills in oral and written communication, including experience with writing and editing of documents and making presentations to scientific and non-scientific communities
Competency in quality management system procedures and database software (Adobe Professional, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access)
Knowledge and experience in web-based analysis tools
Intermediate data analytical skills (e.g., mathematical or statistical modelling)
Capable of developing hypotheses and questions independently
Intermediate or higher knowledge of a statistical programming language (e.g. R, SAS)
Ability to search and assess scientific literature (PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, etc)