*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is available with the Applied Research and Translation (ART) Team within the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 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.

DHDSP has a mission to provide national leadership, public health and scientific expertise, and program support to optimize cardiovascular health for all. Priorities for the Division include reducing the risk as well as improving the management and control of hypercholesterolemia and hypertension and reducing the burden of stroke and heart disease. The Applied Research and Evaluation Branch’s (AREB) portfolio includes translating science to practice, developing tools and products, systematic reviews, program evaluation and evaluation research, and various projects related to pharmacists, community health workers, sodium reduction, policy analysis, and indicator development and use.

Research Project: This research opportunity will be focused on the ART team’s portfolio of policy research and translation of science to practice activities and will provide an opportunity to participate on a variety of initiatives while building skills through both formal and informal training and mentoring. This research opportunity involves learning experiences for the participant relevant to knowledge translation and evidence-based policy surveillance and analyses. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will receive training in the following:

Supporting public health policy analysis in topic areas related to community health worker workforce development, pharmacist scope of practice, and systems of care for time-sensitive cardiovascular disease emergencies,
Engaging in environmental scans examining health disparities and policies related to heart disease and stroke prevention, and
Developing translational summaries and briefs.

Activities with the ART Team include public health policy, health professional scopes of practice, systems of care, communication, and/or building and enhancing collaborations. The participant may gain experience and training in activities that may include 1) conducting literature or systematic reviews, providing input into translational research, and identifying or designing tools and products to translate research; 2) contributing to communicating Division initiatives and the development of tools and products; and 3) supporting the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Division initiatives.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the training experience, the participant will be able to:

Apply translational frameworks to assess and synthesize public health evidence
Discuss critical gaps and areas for future study of health disparities and policies
Determine best methods and modes of communicating rigorous evidence-based findings to public health audiences
Utilize health communication principles to enhance the reach and uptake of public health products to varied audiences.

During this training experience, the participant will:

Gain professional experience in a federal public health agency,
Apply knowledge and skills gained during time in academia,
Gain applied research and translation experience in cardiovascular disease prevention and management, and
Create a professional network of peers, mentors, and colleagues with several years of experience in public health.

Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Sharada Shantharam (ktq4@cdc.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: December 2022.  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: 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.NCCDPHP@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.


The qualified candidate should have received a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees with completion before December 31, 2022. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

Policy analysis and knowledge translation skills, including experience synthesizing public health information and disseminating it to varied audiences