Two fellowship opportunities are available within the Influenza Division (ID) Epidemiology and Prevention Branch of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia. ID provides the scientific and programmatic foundation and leadership for the diagnosis, prevention, and control of influenza domestically and internationally.
Under the guidance of a mentor, the participants will provide support for the Influenza Prevention and Control Team (IPACT), which is responsible for studies describing influenza vaccine effectiveness and studies describing antiviral medication use and effectiveness. The participants will collaborate with researchers to provide data management and analysis for several large projects within IPACT including a potential project to assess annual influenza vaccine effectiveness in preventing severe influenza disease.
In support of these projects, activities may include:
- Collaborating with IPACT epidemiologists in the development of analytic strategies for assessing the effectiveness of influenza vaccines and antiviral medications, including but not limited to:
- Assisting in the development, testing, and management of data collection and specification requirements and data collection processes
- Reviewing and summarizing scientific and clinical literature related to analytic strategies or project implementation options
- Assisting in the tracking, receipt, validation, and merging of large datasets, including data from multiple sites and epidemiologic, laboratory, and electronic medical data. This includes monitoring data quality and completeness and providing feedback to project sites, designing and maintaining large databases to house data, creating and maintaining database documentation, and generating datasets for epidemiologic analysis
- Assisting with preparation of materials required for review of projects by CDC and other institutional review boards (IRBs) for protection of human research subjects
- Performing statistical analysis for vaccine and antiviral medication effectiveness estimates
- Summarizing research findings in written reports and presentations (at CDC and local and national conferences); performing primary or secondary technical review of documents; preparing sections of scientific manuscripts for internal and academic audiences; responding to inquiries from partner agencies
- Problem-solving to optimize data collection (e.g., refining methods for collection of information on influenza vaccination status), data management, and data presentation
- Travel to study sites as needed to support the activities above
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: December 28, 2020
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.Additional Details:
The qualified candidate should have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.
- Coursework or experience in epidemiology and/or biostatistics with experience in applying methods of linear and logistic regression
- Strong background in statistics and data analysis
- Experience with data importation, manipulation, and statistical programming in SAS
- Experience with data importation, manipulation, and analysis in Excel
- Experience with vaccines and infectious diseases
- Effective oral and written communication skills
- Experience with Microsoft Access, Powerpoint, and R