*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is currently available with the Epidemiology Team, in the Bacterial Special Pathogens Branch (BSPB), Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP) at the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Research Project: The project will focus on support the development and use of electronic surveillance databases and epidemiologic investigation tools. The participant will analyze BSPB surveillance data to describe case trends and risk factors for our pathogens and will participate in research currently carried out of bacterial zoonotic infections.
The participant will contribute to BSPB surveillance, response and case investigations of zoonotic diseases including those with bioterrorism potential (brucellosis, anthrax, and melioidosis), and will participate in research activities to inform the science related to the prevention and treatment of these diseases.
The participant will collaborate with other members of the Bacterial Special Pathogens Branch involved in emergency preparedness and response issues and strategies associated with BSPB pathogens. This would also include direct engagement with other Federal agencies and state, territorial, local and tribal (STLT) stakeholders as appropriate.
Activities will include but are not limited to:
- Provide support for developing public health policy on antimicrobials for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and therapeutics to better inform potential public health policy implications for our pathogens.
- Performing systematic reviews of literature abstracting information, entering data, synthesizing information, and writing reports/articles on infectious diseases specific to BSPB. BSPB’s pathogens are: anthrax, brucellosis, buruli ulcer, capnocytophaga canimorsus, elizabethkingia infections, glanders (burkholderia mallei), Leprosy (hansen’s disease, leptospirosis, melioidosis, mycetoma and actinomycosis, nocardiosis, rat-bite fever, and identification of rare and new bacterial pathogens.
- Providing oral and written recommendations and guidelines to healthcare providers, state/local health departments, and the general public regarding anthrax, brucellosis, leptospirosis, melioidosis, and Hansen’s disease (under the tutelage of the Primary/Senior Duty Officer)
- Provide support for emergency preparedness and response issues related to anthrax, brucellosis, melioidosis, and glanders.
- Document and maintain historical records of decisions related to BSPB work in anticipation of future inquiries (e.g., Congressional, GAO, IG, other audits).
- Review and begin the translation of BSPB scientific research as it relates to public health preparedness and response to inform preparedness and other public health program and policy considerations.
- Help guide and plan the overall response provided by BSPB for an outbreak by any of our pathogens, not just the select agents.
- Review any scientific and planning assumptions in ongoing research to determine where additional gaps exist and suggest prioritization of efforts.
- Collaborate with BSPB agent SMEs on development or review of agency- and higher-level policy guidance or statement documents related to our pathogens.
- Coordination of communication and document clearance with DHCPP¸ NCEZID, and others as applicable.
Learning Objectives: The participant will also benefit from mentoring afforded by the diverse subject matter experts within the branch as well as collaborating partners. There will be opportunity to attend training courses to enhance or refresh existing knowledge in biological science, laboratory science, epidemiology, and statistics. This opportunity will provide an excellent training experience for individuals interested in international public health and global infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance, as well for those with specific interest in bacterial zoonoses.
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Kimberly Ayers (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: November 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.CDC.NCEZID@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.