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CDC Office and Location: An interesting and challenging research training opportunity is currently available in the Chronic Viral Diseases Branch (CVDB) within the Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP) of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the 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.
Research Project: CVDB's activities include laboratory-based method development and studies of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, HPV vaccine effectiveness, and HPV-associated diseases to enable effective control and prevention. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the U.S. The virus can cause cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, and oropharyngeal cancers; warts; and recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. The branch's HPV surveillance projects include the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES; https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes/index.htm), Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Impact Monitoring Project (HPV-IMPACT; https://www.cdc.gov/ncird/surveillance/hpvimpact/index.html), and supporting international partners in other countries.
Under mentor guidance, the fellow will be trained in the application of next-generation sequencing and other molecular methods for reliable longitudinal surveillance of HPV to inform policy on effectiveness of vaccination and other public health practices. The training will include the life cycle of a sample from receipt through nucleic acid extraction, genotyping, and data management to archiving or destruction. The fellow will be involved in improving the efficiency and reliability of methods through automation and quality control checks in both wet-lab and bioinformatics processes.
Learning Objectives: The fellow will develop several supporting skills applicable to a wide range of laboratory disciplines: teamwork, project management, written and oral communication, supply inventory management, laboratory safety, and quality management systems (https://www.cdc.gov/labquality/qms-tools-and-resources.html). This training will be supported further through a strong cohesive team of public health laboratory and data scientists.
The qualified candidate should have received a master's degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree with completion by September 30, 2022. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.
Prior hands-on experience in a molecular biology laboratory outside of a classroom setting is preferred.
I certify that I have not previously been employed by CDC or by a contractor working directly for CDC. I understand that CDC does not permit individuals with a prior employment relationship with CDC or its contractors to participate as trainees in the ORISE program. (Exceptions may be granted for individuals who, since the previous CDC employment, have obtained a new STEM degree which necessitates training in a new field.)