*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: A fellowship opportunity is available within the Influenza Division (ID) Epidemiology and Prevention Branch of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Research Project: The Epidemiology and Prevention Branch in the Influenza Division at CDC collects, compiles and analyzes information on influenza activity year-round in the United States and produces FluView, a weekly influenza surveillance report, and FluView Interactive, which allows for more in-depth exploration of influenza surveillance data. The U.S. influenza surveillance system is a collaborative effort between CDC and its many partners in state, local, and territorial health departments, public health and clinical laboratories, vital statistics offices, healthcare providers, clinics, and emergency departments. Information in five categories is collected from eight different data sources.  The applicant will be involved with the coordination and management of at least one of the components of the U.S. influenza surveillance system.

Learning Objectives: The applicant will receive training regarding the coordination of national influenza surveillance activities including (1) the management, compilation, analysis and interpretation of weekly data, and (2) interacting with and providing guidance to state and select local public health personnel in regards to weekly reporting procedures, data cleaning/analysis and public health investigations.   More specifically, the applicant will be trained in the use of SAS as well as systems specific to the surveillance component(s) they are most closely involved with and will assist with the creation of the weekly influenza surveillance report (FluView) and weekly PowerPoint slides.  The applicant will also develop an understanding of the relationships between the Influenza Division and state and local public health agencies and how the groups work together to achieve common goals.

Mentor(s): The mentor(s) for this opportunity is Crystal Anderson (ffp3@cdc.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: 2023. Start date is flexible.

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: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

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 ORISE.CDC.NCIRD@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.
The qualified candidate should have received a master’s degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. Epidemiology, Biostatistics), or be currently pursuing the degree with completion before the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills/experience:

– Experience with importation, manipulation, and analysis of data from a variety of sources.
– Experience with the Microsoft Suite and SAS or R are preferred
– Experience with data presentation and visualizations using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, or PowerBI would be useful.
– Additional experience visualizing analyzed and raw data using various software is preferred
– Experience with surveillance and respiratory viruses is preferred
– Effective oral and written communication skills
– Detail oriented
– Successful working as part of a team and independently
– Able to work in a fast paced and deadline driven environment