*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
A research opportunity is currently available with the Surveillance, Information Management, and Statistics Office (SIMSO) 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.
DFWED is dedicated to improving public health through the prevention and control of disease, disability, and death caused by foodborne, waterborne, and environmentally transmitted infections. Working with epidemiologists, health scientists, and laboratory scientists in DFWED’s five branches, SIMSO develops and applies analysis and data visualization techniques to provide insights for disease prevention and control from multiple data sources using both existing and novel analytical methods. SIMSO consists of a motivated, highly skilled, and dynamic group of statisticians who work on a variety of multidisciplinary clinical projects.
Throughout the course of this project, the participant will train with experts in the fields of epidemiology, laboratory sciences, and bioinformatics to develop and apply statistical methods for the analysis of epidemiologic, laboratory, whole genome sequence data, and other forms of data, including “big data.” The participant will participate in developing, evaluating, and validating statistical methods, including machine learning algorithms for prediction as well as outbreak detection. The participant will also aid in interpretation of results and will help assist in providing the Division and external partners with training.
Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved in the following activities:
- Training to lead statistical analysis of complex research projects involving both epidemiologic and laboratory data, participating in hypothesis generation, study design, statistical and mathematical model development and diagnostics, and interpretation and presentation of results;
- Practice performing complex statistical advisory and assistance functions that involve unconventional issues and collaborating on the statistical work of other scientists in the Division;
- Training in providing advice and assistance to Division branches on statistical and machine learning projects, studies, and investigations that are new or significant departures from the relationships established in previous problems, studies, or investigations;
- Practice providing technical assistance to researchers and Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officers, such as assistance with statistical software and writing statistical software code to meet particular needs;
- Training and practice evaluating, extending, and developing methods for statistical analysis and applying these to projects related to foodborne, waterborne, and environmental disease cluster detection and characterization;
- Participating in the internal clearance process by reviewing statistical work presented in papers written by DFWED authors and submitted for publication;
- Practice preparing and delivering presentations for professional meetings and participating in the writing of reports and published manuscripts; and
- Training and practice collaborating and coordinating with Division Branches, including the Enteric Disease Epidemiology and Laboratory Branches and the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch, as well as other scientific groups.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: November 16, 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.