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Job Title: CDC Summer Fellowship in Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics, Predict Division...
Job Number: CDC-OD-2024-0022
Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Posted: 3/7/2024
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta (remote),  GA    USA
Position Description: *Applications will be reviewed on a rolling- basis.

CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is available in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This opportunity is remote.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

Research Project: The Scenarios Team at the CDC's Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics is developing a respiratory virus transmission model that will be used to predict the impact of different policies on COVID-19, influenza, and RSV hospitalizations in the United States. We will use the model to address a range of "what-if" questions from policy makers in the federal government, such as the anticipated impact of increasing vaccine uptake, or of a new SARS-CoV-2 variant arising.

For this project, the fellow will collaborate closely with modelers on the Scenarios Team as we add and test model features, establish fitting procedures that use Bayesian methods to train the model on empirical data, and run mock drills to test the model's performance against historical data.

Learning Objectives: The fellow will be embedded in the Scenarios Team at the CDC’s Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics. They will gain experience with collaborative programming practices and GitHub workflows. They will learn and practice using or evaluating infectious disease modeling methods for medium to long term projections and scenario analysis, and learn about using Bayesian methods for fitting these models to complex empirical datasets. They will gain experience developing and using epidemic models and data analytics in an applied government setting.

Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Thomas Hladish ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: May 20, 2024. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for 10 weeks, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of Participation: The appointment is full time.

Participant Stipend: Stipend rates may vary based on numerous factors, including opportunity, location, education, and experience. If you are interviewed, you can inquire about the exact stipend rate at that time and if selected, your appointment offer will include the monthly stipend rate.

Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non- U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.

ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.

Qualifications: The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a master's or doctoral degree in the one of the relevant fields (e.g. applied math, biology, computer science, operations research, infectious disease, etc). Degree must have been received within the past five years, or is currently in candidacy for a doctoral degree.

Preferred skills/experience:

Coursework that includes simulation modeling, differential equations, and/or numerical methods Python programming (high proficiency) Excellent spoken and written communication skills Visualizing and interpreting data Curiosity and strong desire to participate Training and experience in infectious disease transmission modeling Fitting models to data using Bayesian methods like MCMC Developing and implementing ordinary differential equation (ODE) models Using Git/GitHub in a collaborative environment

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Closing Date: 6/7/2024
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