*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
A research opportunity is currently available within the International Reagent Resource (IRR) program, Influenza Division (ID), in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located 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 IRR provides influenza virus strains, reagents, diagnostic kits and proficiency panels to over 600 registered public health laboratories, universities and hospitals to improve influenza diagnostics and promote basic infectious disease surveillance and research worldwide. The IRR also supports parallel CDC programs for a broad range of infectious disease pathogens, including coronavirus, meningitis, streptococcus, pertussis, MERS-CoV, and RSV. As a cross-divisional CDC program, the IRR has developed and maintains integrated data management systems to ensure that daily agency critical operations run effectively and efficiently. The IRR is seeking a participant to learn about and be involved with the team with data management, analysis, and consolidation activities. The participant will gain experience in bioinformatics and data management via conducting quantitative data analyses, auditing and reconciling data among varied systems, learning about the development of data reports that measure CDC reagent support of surveillance and outbreak response activities, and conducting research analyses on program effectiveness.
They will also gain experience contributing to the development of health communications to be shared with a variety of audiences including US state and international public health partners. The participant will be involved in developing recommendations on data collection methods that may inform program policies. As required by the activity, the participant will interface with CDC staff and contractors to collect new data requirements and respond to queries. Additionally, he/she will be engaged in other projects relating to the mission of the Influenza Division to prevent morbidity and mortality via research and the early detection of infectious disease outbreaks, which will occur under the direction of an assigned mentor.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Summer 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 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.NCIRD@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.