*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is available with the Import Permit Program (IPP) located in the Program Services Branch, Division of Select Agents and Toxins, Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR), 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: This exciting opportunity with CDC IPP supports CDC’s mission to protect America from health, safety and security threats. The CDC IPP regulates the importation of infectious biological materials that could cause disease in humans in order to prevent their introduction and spread into the U.S. The program ensures that the importation of these agents is monitored and that facilities receiving permits have appropriate biosafety measures in place to work with the imported agents. As a member of the CDC IPP, the fellow will collaborate with other established scientists to assist in analyzing and visualizing trends in importing etiological agents into the United States. The fellow will also assist in development of the IPP electronic database, eIPP, and will gain experience testing updates and enhancements to the system prior to release into production.
Learning Objectives: This fellowship will offer the opportunity to learn about and obtain hands-on experience in the following activities:
- Plan and implement qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
- Explore methods to visualize data in ways that resonate with intended users
- Learn and write scripts to improve existing data visualization systems
- Develop skills in software testing and quality control
- Learn about biosafety and the importation of infectious biological agents into the United States
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: May 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.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.
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).