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Job Title: Lead Botulism Medical Epidemiologist
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Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Posted: 11/28/2018
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA   
Position Description: The Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch is soliciting candidates for an exciting medical epidemiologist position leading the National Botulism Consultation Service. A medical degree (MD or DO) and epidemiology experience are REQUIRED. Please see additional required qualifications below.

Botulism is one of the few Category A biothreat agents with many naturally occurring cases, making it a model not only for rapid public health consultation and countermeasure distribution but also for bioterrorism preparedness. CDC’s National Botulism Consultation Service provides 24/7 consultation for clinicians and health departments, releases antitoxin for treatment of botulism cases, and conducts national surveillance for botulism. The lead botulism epidemiologist contributes to bioterrorism preparedness through membership on agency and interagency workgroups. This person has primary responsibility for overseeing CDC’s botulism consultation program and for training Division Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers, who staff the 24/7 call service. In 2019, CDC will publish guidelines to inform management of naturally occurring cases and a potential large intentional release of botulinum toxin. This person will, over time, become a subject matter expert in botulism, oversee national botulism surveillance, participate in launch of clinical guidelines, and interact with a broad range of colleagues inside and outside CDC including the Department of Health and Human Services, CDC Regulatory Affairs, and Division of Global Migration and Quarantine.

This position is located in the National Surveillance Team of the Enteric Disease Epidemiology Branch. The team conducts surveillance for many nationally notifiable conditions (salmonellosis, shigellosis, campylobacteriosis, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, typhoid and paratyphoid fever, cholera, vibriosis, listeriosis, and hemolytic uremic syndrome) and is involved in transforming surveillance informatics for these conditions. The surveillance systems are laboratory-based and involve close collaboration with laboratory colleagues. The selected individual will have opportunities to be involved in or lead projects focusing on other nationally notifiable enteric diseases.

Major responsibilities for the lead botulism epidemiologist include: • Overall management and coordination of CDC’s 24/7 botulism consultation and antitoxin release service, which is staffed by EIS officers and medical epidemiologists in the branch. • Provide subject matter expertise for national and international outbreak investigations. • Represent CDC on Department of Health and Human Services work groups for bioterrorism preparedness • Advise on implementation of CDC’s clinical guidelines related to intentional distribution of botulinum toxin, a Category A Biological Agent • Mentor EIS Officers and junior staff on investigations, presentations, and projects • Analyze features of botulism cases and outbreaks for presentation and publication • Participate in or supervise efforts on other enteric infections

Qualifications: A medical degree (MD, DO, or equivalent) is REQUIRED. Applicants without a medical degree will not be considered.

The applicant must have 2 years’ experience in a position that requires design, implementation, presentation, and publication of epidemiologic surveillance data or research. The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program would provide such experience. The epidemiologist must be comfortable consulting with and providing clinical advice to healthcare providers and teaching EIS officers and physician staff. Effective teamwork in an interdisciplinary environment is essential, as is the ability to critically evaluate epidemiologic and clinical data.

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Closing Date: 1/1/2019
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Contact Name: Dr. Karen Wong,  Team Lead
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How to Apply: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to with subject "BOT LEAD".

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