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Research Project Description

Technical Research Assistant Fellowship
Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA

CDC-NCEZID-2014-0066

Project Description:

A fellowship opportunity is currently available in the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch (EDEB) within the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

EDEB’s mission centers on the prevention and control of illness and death due to bacterial enteric infections. EDEB’s work focuses on conducting surveillance, detecting outbreaks, assessing trends, evaluating prevention efforts, estimating the burden of foodborne illnesses in the United States, and delineating the major foods and settings associated with foodborne infections. It monitors antimicrobial resistance and provide clinical and epidemiologic consultation and bioterrorism preparedness for botulism. Joining the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) and the National Surveillance Team (NST), the selected participant will provide technical assistance to support programmatic activities of both teams and EDEB, as needed. This position requires frequent email and telephone contact with public health partners (e.g., state public health departments, federal agencies). Specific activities may include:

  • Collaborating with NARMS and NST to create, review, and edit website content, communicating changes to the webmaster, and ensuring that webpages are updated and 508-compliant.
  • Maintaining internal and external Microsoft SharePoint sites, including project tracking and maintaining user permissions.
  • Preparing meeting agendas and taking meeting minutes
  • Organizing materials for monthly leadership update meetings
  • Assisting with organization of meetings, maintaining up-to-date contacts and working group lists and listserv communication
  • Assisting with preparation of documents for Institutional Review Board (IRB) review
  • Tracking active and published manuscripts (including communication with scientific journals)
  • Coordinating responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests
  • Answering phone inquiries
  • Assisting staff with data entry, cleaning and descriptive analysis, as needed.
  • Creating interactive graphical data displays for public use on the NARMS website.
  • Serving as a contact for outbreak related inquires, requesting isolates from outbreaks for testing at CDC, conducting interviews during outbreak investigations, and other special projects as needed.

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 is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will received a monthly stipend commensurate with education 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 or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a science-related field received within the last five years.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint), and have a strong interest in public health. Ideal candidates will also have experience in MS Access, Adobe Pro, SharePoint, and/or project management software.  

How to Apply:

To be considered, please send a current CV/resume to the attention of CDCrpp@orau.org. Please reference CDC-NCEZID-2014-0066 in all communications.