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Job Title: Surveillance Epidemiologist, CDC NARMS
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Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Posted: 12/24/2017
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA    USA
Compensation: GS-9 equivalent
Position Description: The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) within the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch (EDEB) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking applications for a Surveillance Epidemiologist. NARMS is an interagency partnership among CDC, the US Food and Drug Administration, the US Department of Agriculture, and state and local health departments. CDC NARMS monitors antimicrobial resistance among enteric bacteria isolated from humans. The Surveillance Epidemiologist is responsible for maintenance of the NARMS database through data entry, validation, and cleaning. The candidate will represent NARMS through communications with federal and state partners, presentations at national and regional conferences, and internal/external meetings. The person will provide support for inquiries from the public and from public health agencies regarding antimicrobial resistance of enteric bacteria. In addition, the candidate will assist with funding activities for NARMS site through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement (ELC). Lastly, the Surveillance Epidemiologist will collaborate with the NARMS laboratory as well as work closely with state partners and other teams within EDEB and branches within the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases (DFWED).

The main duties of the position are:

1. Serving as a liaison between the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch and state health departments regarding outbreak isolate submission to NARMS

2. Assisting with data management of outbreaks caused by antimicrobial resistant pathogens

3. Routine linking of NARMS data to other enteric surveillance systems

4. Maintenance of the NARMS database through data entry, validation, and cleaning

5. Analysis of NARMS data for individual and collaborative projects

6. Preparation of NARMS annual and integrated reports

7. Responding to data requests and inquiries related to NARMS data

8. Providing guidance to IT staff regarding surveillance elements and beta-testing of the NARMS database

9. Assisting with preparation of funding materials for the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement and reviewing applications from 54 sites

10. Developing website and communication material related to antimicrobial resistance

11. Serving as the NARMS representative to several working groups that involve various teams in the division and/or NARMS federal partners

12. Other responsibilities as assigned, such as collaborations with other EDEB teams, assisting with CDC outbreak response as needed, and phone duty

Qualifications: Required Qualifications:

Education: Master of Public Health (MPH) or relevant degree. Specific concentration in epidemiology is strongly preferred.

Excellent organizational and communication skills, which include public speaking and preparation of written materials such as documents and reports, are also required

Demonstrable knowledge of basic SAS (preferred) or similar programming concepts

Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, particularly Access and Excel

Ability to work well independently and as part of a team

Graduated within the last five years

Applicants with a PhD, MD, or other doctoral- level degree cannot be considered

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in working with state systems and personnel

Experience with program and grant management

Experience: At least one year of public health experience is preferred

Organization Description: The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System for Enteric Bacteria (NARMS) was established in 1996. NARMS is a collaboration among state and local public health departments, CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This national public health surveillance system tracks changes in the antimicrobial susceptibility of certain enteric (intestinal) bacteria found in ill people (CDC), retail meats (FDA), and food animals (USDA) in the United States. The NARMS program at CDC helps protect public health by providing information about emerging bacterial resistance, the ways in which resistance is spread, and how resistant infections differ from susceptible infections.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the agency Americans trust with their lives. As a global leader in public health, CDC is the nation's premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency. Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of people here and around the world.

Closing Date: 1/30/2018
Desired Starting Date: 2/19/2018
Contact Name: Jared Reynolds,  Surveillance Epidemiologist and Program Coordinator, NARMS
Contact Location: 1600 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta   GA  30329
United States
Contact Location: 1600 Clifton Rd.
  Atlanta   GA  30329
  United States
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How to Apply: Email resume/CV and a cover letter to, to the attention of Jared Reynolds. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

***Applications received after 11:59 pm EST on 1/30/18 will not be considered***

Additional Information: This is an entry-level, MPH-level (or equivalent) position. Candidates with a doctoral-level degree (MD, DVM, PhD, or foreign medical degree) will not be considered. This position will be funded through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). Position is a one-year fellowship, with option of renewal up to 5 years. Health insurance is provided. This is not a federal employment position.

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