Overview

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

HHS Office and Location: There is a fellowship opportunity at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Office of Long COVID Practice and Research, at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, D.C.

The mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services.

Research Project:  The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH) is seeking an ORISE Fellow to support the Office of Long COVID Practice and Research

Secretary Becerra has tasked the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH) with leading the coordination of our nation’s response to Long COVID across HHS Operating and Staff Divisions and federal government departments.

Long COVID is a high priority for the White House and HHS. With the publication of two reports on Long COVID in August 2022, HHS committed to establishing a new Office of Long COVID Practice and Research. This Office will be responsible for supporting the Secretary and Assistant Secretary of Health in coordinating the U.S. government response to Long COVID.

Appointment Activities:

1. Engage with external partners to ensure that diverse input is incorporated into the United States Government Long COVID response
2. Contribute to the creation and implementation of new processes and structures to coordinate across Health and Human Services and the United States Government
3. Contribute to the planning, coordination, dissemination of research across agencies, in particular, National Institutes of Health, Center for Disease Control and Veteran’s Affairs
4. Contribute to a data and surveillance strategy to solve the challenges of measurement of an emerging illness

Learning Objectives:

1. Develop expertise in the field of Long COVID Practice and Research
2. Gain experience contributing to strategies that effectively communicate relevant information to various audiences
3. Gain experience contributing to the planning, coordination, dissemination of research across agencies
4. Supporting program, policy, and process evaluations

Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is RADM Michael Iademarco (michael.iademarco@hhs.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: October 17, 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 HHS and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of Participation: The appointment is 20-40 hours to be negotiated during selection.

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 HHS. Participants do not become employees of HHS, 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 HHSrpp@orau.org 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 one of the relevant fields. Most recent degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

– Experience or interest in engagement of under-served communities such as people with disabilities or chronic illness; or COVID-19 or Long COVID is desirable but NOT required
– Experience performing literature reviews and searches
– Basic qualitative analysis skills
– Strong writing and analytical skills
– Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
– Ability to work collaboratively on a team
– Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
– Ability to independently prioritize time-sensitive work activities
– Strong organizational and project management skills
– Ability to work independently with little or no supervision
– Demonstrate attentiveness to details and professional and diplomatic judgment