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Job Title: Epidemiologist
Job Number:
Organization: Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch
Posted: 11/16/2018
Type: Contract
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA    USA
Compensation:
Position Description: The pairing of WGS technology coupled with enhanced epidemiologic surveillance data provides an opportunity to create new tools for detecting and investigating foodborne, waterborne, zoonotic, and other outbreaks. Our goal is to leverage all available data to improve outbreak detection and to inform epidemiological investigation. Specifically, we aim to identify the most efficient and reliable approaches to detect case clusters using statistical and machine learning techniques, to leverage epidemiologic data to improve the sensitivity and specificity of outbreak detection algorithms and to better prioritize which clusters to investigate, and to narrow the list of likely sources of outbreaks as early as possible during an investigation. Making these new tools and approaches freely available to local, state, federal, and international health agencies is an essential component of this project.

Qualifications: The successful candidate should have a doctoral or master’s degree in epidemiology with training and experience in the analysis of high-dimensional data. Experience in m managing and analyzing genomic data and in m machine learning methods (e.g., random f forest, deep learning) would enhance the a application. Strong computational skills are r required (e.g., R, R Shiny, Python, Perl, C C++, or similar software). The candidate will work closely with a team of epidemiologists, bioinformaticians, and statisticians to transform how CDC detects and prioritizes public health problems, and generates hypotheses for outbreaks caused by bacterial and parasitic pathogens. Illnesses caused by these pathogens among people in all 50 states are reported to CDC’s PulseNet system, the national molecular surveillance network for enteric disease surveillance. Good communication skills are required for this cross-disciplinary project. The ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences is technical audiences is desirable.

technical audiences is technical audiences is desirable.

Organization Description: The Enteric Disease Epidemiology Branch is seeking an epidemiologist to work primarily on a project to develop, evaluate, and validate novel tools to detect clusters of foodborne illnesses and determine the sources most likely responsible for illnesses using epidemiologic data and whole genomic sequencing (WGS) data as part of CDC’s Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) initiative.

Closing Date: 2/16/2019
Desired Starting Date: 12/17/2018
Contact Name: Amelia Carter,  Public Health Adviser
Contact Location: 1600 Clifton Road MS C09

Atlanta   GA  30329
United States
Contact Location: 1600 Clifton Road MS C09
 
  Atlanta   GA  30329
  United States
Contact Phone: 404.639.2206 
Contact Fax: 404.639.2205
Contact Email: ggq5@cdc.gov
Web Address:
How to Apply: Please send a CV and letter of interest to edebadminsupport@cdc.gov by December 7, 2018. Please include in the subject line: “AMD Epi Position.” You may send questions to Beau Bruce, MD, PhD (lue7@cdc.gov).

Additional Information: The candidate will work closely with a team of epidemiologists, bioinformaticians, and statisticians to transform how CDC detects and prioritizes public health problems, and generates hypotheses for outbreaks caused by bacterial and parasitic pathogens. Illnesses caused by these pathogens among people in all 50 states are reported to CDC’s PulseNet system, the national molecular surveillance network for enteric disease surveillance. Good communication skills are required for this cross-disciplinary project. The ability to communicate technical information to non-tec technical audiences is desirable. technical audiences is desirable. technical audiences is desirable. technical audiences is desirable.

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