*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
A research opportunity is currently available with the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch (WDPB) of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases (DFWED), in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.
NCEZID aims to protect public health caused by a wide range of infectious diseases, focusing on diseases that have been around many years, emerging diseases, and zoonotic diseases. Part of the center’s strategic plan is to “identify and implement behavioral, and other science-based infectious disease prevention strategies to help protect at-risk populations” and the fellow will help support that mission through a range of unique research and programmatic learning opportunities.
This project will take place in the Shigellosis Prevention and Control (SPC) Program in the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch. Throughout the course of this project, the participant will learn how to apply behavioral and social sciences to the prevention and control of shigellosis in the United States. The research will focus on two priority populations of the program: children/childcare populations, and gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). The participant will be mentored by a senior behavioral scientist, and will receive additional support from an epidemiologist in the Shigellosis Prevention and Control Program, as well as other scientists in the branch.
Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved in the following activities:
- Contribute to the development of web content for a new childcare website that will highlight hygiene recommendations to help prevent transmission of diarrheal pathogens, including Shigella, in childcare settings
- Learn how to conduct systematic and scoping reviews focused on shigellosis in the United States and elsewhere
- Support the development of training curriculum and outbreak investigation toolkits for stakeholders involved in the prevention and control of shigellosis among MSM, such as healthcare providers and health department staff
- Assist with the conduction of a qualitative and quantitative needs assessments and formative research among the target populations of the SPC program, including transcribing, coding, and analyzing qualitative data, and conducting quantitative analyses on various datasets
- Assist with managing Shigella clusters including updating case counts, updating databases, and writing summary reports
- Assist with analyzing qualitative and quantitative data collected as part of other research activities conducted by other branch programs
- Contribute to the creation and modification of a range of health education and communication materials (such as guidance documents, toolkits, fact sheets, webpages, educational posters, social media messages) to support shigellosis prevention and control efforts among stakeholder groups
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: November 20, 2020 (start date is flexible)
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.NCEZID@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity (CDC-DFWED-2021-0023) in your email.