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Job Title: Health Scientist
Job Number:
Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Posted: 4/11/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Public Health - General
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA    USA
Compensation: $91,631
Position Description: This Health Scientist position is located in the Laboratory Reference and Research Branch (LRRB) but some responsibilities may extend beyond the Branch, to the Division (DSTDP), Center (NCHHSTP) and the agency (CDC) levels. LRRB consists of 4 teams that perform scientific research, pathogen identification, laboratory-based surveillance, and outbreak response of sexually transmitted infections. In addition, the Branch is actively involved in a number of agency priority initiatives including antimicrobial resistance surveillance as well as collaborations with other federal partners, national and international public health agencies, and non-profit, private and academic or organizations. This position requires pa participation in research studies and pr projects associated with independent re responsibility for identifying key research qu questions and conducting research to st strengthen STD surveillance and diagnostics. Th The nature of the research assignment re requires the mastery of a wide range of mi microbiological, molecular biology, and di diagnostic methods. Responsibilities will assist efforts to e establish a research agenda for the Branch i including: • Analyze, evaluate and provide expert a advice and consultation as it relates to STD d diagnostics. • Provide direction and guidance on c critical and complex issues related to STD d diagnostics. • Perform complex analytical studies a and interpretation of results to coordinate t the evaluation of programs and recommend i improvements. • Communicate, both orally and in w writing, to make clear, convincing p presentations, explain and justify r recommendations, represent the agency and a assigned program or project areas, provide g guidance and advise program administrators a and members of the community, respond to i inquiries, and interact with high level o officials and representatives from public a and private public health organizations. The Health Scientist will also lead LRRB’s e efforts in assisting the Puerto Rico D Department of Health restore and strengthen S STD diagnostic and surveillance. These a activities were halted due to extensive d damage to the laboratory facilities caused b by the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria i in 2017. Specific responsibilities include: • Lead efforts to strengthen/restore l laboratory capacity. • Acquire equipment lost during H Hurricanes Irma and Maria. • Expand use of surveillance data to engage and re-engage patients into a appropriate care by implementing new system f for STD case reports. • Share protocols and assays with l local clinical laboratories and provide t technical assistance. • Start implementation of message m mapping to improve STD surveillance. • Train staff in innovative but easy to use/rapid and cost-effective technologies. • Promote testing of young, sexually a active women, as recommended by CDC. • Validate FDA-cleared chlamydia and gon gonorrhea NAAT for use on rectal and/or oro oropharyngeal specimens and promote ext extragenital testing for chlamydia and gon gonorrhea among MSM, as recommended by CDC.

The Health Scientist is an expert in STD s surveillance and diagnostics. Related duties i include: • Lead development of novel tests for b better diagnosis of STDs in adults and i infants. • Lead design and evaluation studies o of current STD diagnostic assays on the US m market. • Analyzing data from experiments and p providing information on next approach to r research. • Work with external partners and a assist in developing CRADAs, RCSs or MTAs on j joint projects. • Providing assistance, training and m mentoring to junior and other researchers w within and outside LRRB. • Preparing manuscripts for pu publication and presentations. Fluency in Spanish is preferred.

Qualifications: The professional knowledge required by the assignment includes comprehensive knowledge of the theories, principles, and concepts of microbiology, molecular biology, and diagnostics of in order to apply new and experimental techniques necessary for development of better diagnostic assays and enhancement of STD surveillanc

Organization Description: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The US agency charged with tracking and investigating public health trends. The stated mission of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commonly called the CDC, is "To promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability."

Closing Date: 7/11/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Everett Expose,  Health Scientist
Contact Location: 1600 Clifton Road

Atlanta   GA  30087
Contact Location: 1600 Clifton Road
  Atlanta   GA  30087
Contact Phone: 404-639-1729 
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How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae to Everett Expose (

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