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Job Title: CDC Microbiologist: Healthcare Environmental Applied Research Team Fellowship
Job Number: CDC-NCEZID-DHQP-2024
Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Posted: 5/17/2024
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  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), with the The Clinical and Environmental Microbiology Branch (CEMB) in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP), located in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

The Clinical and Environmental Microbiology Branch (CEMB) is the laboratory branch in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP). The mission of DHQP is to protect patients; protect healthcare personnel; and promote safety, quality, and value in both national and international healthcare delivery systems. The Healthcare Environmental Applied Research team (HEART) in CEMB is seeking applications for a Master's level ORISE Fellow. The team performs applied laboratory research to detect, prevent, and control antimicrobial- resistant organisms and healthcare pathogens associated with healthcare settings.

Research Project: The fellow will join the HEART team to train in performing applied research to understand the role of the healthcare environment in transmission of pathogens in healthcare settings. The fellow will train in development & evaluation of environmental sampling and laboratory processing procedures for detection of pathogens from healthcare environmental surfaces, hands, and water. Projects will involve training in identification and characterization of healthcare associated infection pathogens and emerging pathogens, and application of molecular tools for characterization of pathogens' antibiotic resistance mechanisms. The fellow will gain experience collaborating with other teams and branches within DHQP and in communicating findings with CDC colleagues and public health partners.

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

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: June 1, 2024. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, 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 degree in the one of the relevant fields (e.g. Microbiology, Public Health, Laboratory Sciences). Degree must have been received within the past five years, or currently pursuing.

Preferred skills:

MS/MA degree concentration or training in environmental sciences, microbiology and/or molecular biology. Knowledge of and familiarity with the techniques and above skills are preferred but not required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel is desired. Demonstrated organizational and communications skills, including preparation of written materials such as documents and reports is also desired. Candidate should have a demonstrated ability to research efficiently, both independently and as part of a team.

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Closing Date: 8/17/2024
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How to Apply: The application must be completed through Zintellect.

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