*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
A research opportunity is currently available within the Evolutionary Analysis and Ecology (EAE) Team of the Poxvirus and Rabies Branch (PRB), Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHPP) at the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
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 EAE Team focuses on the study of evolutionary and ecological aspects of zoonotic poxviruses and lyssaviruses (including rabies virus) through integrative approaches that involve field work, genetic/genomic analyses, spatial analyses and modeling. Throughout the course of the appointment, the selected participant will conduct genetic analyses of poxviruses and lyssaviruses (including rabies virus) to examine intra- and interspecific levels of genetic variation, identify mutations of evolutionary and clinical importance (e.g., virulence factors, protein modifications impacting use of MCMs), and generate trees/networks to determine evolutionary relationships using partial and/or whole genome sequences.
Under the guidance of a mentor, participant activities will include performing bioinformatic techniques (e.g., linux or similar programming language expertise, pipeline development, genomic assembly and annotation, database management) and conducting population genetic analyses to be integrated with epidemiological data to study the transmission/dynamics of these viruses in human and wildlife populations. These activities are part of current projects supporting the mission of PRB and offer opportunities to collaborate with domestic and international public health professionals of diverse cultural and scientific backgrounds. Additional opportunities of involvement in other projects and learning experiences within the Team and the Branch could be offered as they arise.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: October 1, 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 two years, 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.
If you have questions, send an email to ORISE.CDC.NCEZID@orau.org. Please include the reference code (CDC-NCEZID-2021-0221) for this opportunity in your email.