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CDC Office and Location: A fellowship is available with the Center for Global Health (CGH) in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (DPDM) 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.
Research Project: The selected participant will contribute research to this project, which supports implementation of a high-throughput full pipeline of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-based strain identification and multiplicity of infection (MOI) assessment tools for assessment of transmission levels of P. falciparum. Impact of interventions on transmission reduction will assist in policy making for malaria control, particularly regarding combinations of drug intervention to reduce malaria burden across a range of endemicity.
Learning Objectives: Training Focus 1: The fellow will learn to conduct the genetic techniques of SNP barcode testing for genotyping parasites in samples from malaria endemic areas. The techniques include DNA isolation, multiplexing PCR amplification of 24 SNP target barcodes across whole genome, electrophoresis, and next generation sequencing (NGS).
Training Focus 2: The fellow will receive training on the full analytical pipeline on data generated from NGS assays to participate in analytical activities as a team member. The full analytical pipeline includes initial bioinformatics, machine learning, strain reconstruction, and MOI calculation.
Training Focus 3: The fellow will receive training on quality control measures for this project at several critical check-points to ensure high quality data collection. The fellow will learn to prepare standard controls for 24 SNP barcode testing. The fellow will also learn to troubleshoot skills for 24 SNP barcode testing as well as for other molecular assays. The fellow will participate in writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to this project.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: August 15, 2022. 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.
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.
The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).
The qualified candidate should have received a master’s degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Public Health), or be currently pursuing the degree with completion by the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within the past five years.
- Highly motivated
- Interested in molecular biologic laboratory techniques
- Able to work independently and also as part of a team