Monthly Archives: February 2019

Chair’s Chat, 2/19

Category : News/Events

Please RSVP (by clicking the image) to attend the Epidemiology Chair’s Chat on Tuesday, February 19 at noon. Pizza will be provided!


2019 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research, April 3-5, 2019

ACVR is a forum where infectious disease trainees can prepare for their careers in academia, government, and industry while getting exposure to leading subject matter experts in the field. The intimate venue allows for small group interactions with thought-leaders including this year’s keynote speakers: Robert Redfield, MD, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Anita K. M. Zaidi, MBBS, SM, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

ACVR provides many benefits to trainees and young investigators including:

  •  Networking with a national audience including individuals from government, academia, and industry
  •  Exposure to the latest advances in vaccinology with leading experts
  •  Career Development Workshop
  •  Meet-the-Experts session
  • Discounted trainee registration rate!

This course is a great opportunity for your trainees to make connections and build a network of healthcare professionals from across the US to share vaccinology best practices. Learn more and register at HERE.

Discounted rates for trainees are available. Register by 2/19/19 and save $100 off registration rates.

Don’t hesitate to contact NFID at vaccine [at] nfid [dot] org if you need any additional information.


EPIDEMIOLOGIST II, BIOSURVEILLANCE EPIDEMIOLOGIST

Category : Alumni

Main Purpose Of Job

This position will work to support the Biosurveillance Program within the Office of Preparedness and Response. This position will participate in the public health biosurveillance activities designed to detect potential infectious disease outbreaks and/or other public health related occurrences.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: A Master’s degree in the field of Public Health from an accredited college or university, with a minimum of three graduate courses in Epidemiology and one graduate course in Biostatistics.***A copy of your official or unofficial transcript(s) should accompany your completed application for verification purposes.***

Experience: Two years of experience in designing and conducting epidemiological studies and investigations for disease surveillance as an epidemiologist, subsequent to receipt of the Master’s degree.

Note: Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Health Care Science classifications or Clinical Lab, Medical Scientists, or Bio Medical Lab Officer specialty codes in the health research field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required experience and education.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The preferred candidate for this position should possess:

  • experience in SAS and/or data base management
  • experience in Public Health preparedness and syndromic surveillance (State and/or Federal level)

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview).

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added.

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

To apply, click HERE.


CDC Networks and Health Fellowship, post doc 4/1

Category : Uncategorized

Description

A fellowship opportunity is currently available in the Community Interventions for Infection Control Unit (CI-ICU), Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) within the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

CI-ICU plays a key role in the development of recommendations on use of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) for mitigating the transmission of pandemic influenza. NPIs that all people should practice at all times are particularly important during a pandemic. These everyday preventive actions include staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, frequent and appropriate hand-washing, and routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. Community-level interventions can be added during pandemics and implemented in a graded fashion depending on the severity of the pandemic; these include measures aimed to reduce social contacts between people in schools, workplaces, and other community settings.

The fellow will be training with CI-ICU on development of public health programs and projects for pandemic influenza planning, preparedness and response as well as evaluation of public health projects, epidemiological investigations, and literature reviews. This training will include assessing the feasibility, acceptability, and impact of school closures and other non-pharmaceutical interventions; reporting performance measures for science, policy, and communication activities; monitoring dissemination of the non-pharmaceutical guidance for pandemic influenza preparedness and response for state and local health department usage; developing materials used in unit and/or CDC-wide events and activities for use in public health policy or communication; and collaborating with epidemiologists, health scientists, health communicators, and medical officers.

Under the guidance of a mentor, specific training opportunities for the research participant may include:

  • Conducting social network analysis to assess social contact and mixing patterns in schools and workplaces
  • Collaborating on epidemiological and modeling projects on NPIs
  • Developing innovative strategies for reducing or slowing the transmission of pandemic influenza

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, GA, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: April 1, 2019 

Qualifications

Doctoral degree in science, public health, or a related field. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Experience in conducing social network analysis is strongly preferred.

For more information and to apply, click HERE


ORISE: Pandemic Data Fellowship, Post-Master’s

Category : Alumni

Description

A fellowship opportunity is available in Community Interventions for Infection Control Unit (CI-ICU), Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The fellow will train with DGMQ, CI-ICU on development of public health programs for pandemic influenza planning, preparedness and response as well as evaluation of public health projects, epidemiological investigations, and literature reviews.  This training will include assessing the feasibility, acceptability, and impact of school closures and other nonpharmaceutical interventions; reporting performance measures for science, policy, and communication activities; monitoring dissemination of the non-pharmaceutical guidance for pandemic influenza preparedness and response for state and local health department usage; developing materials used in unit and/or CDC-wide events and activities for use in public health policy or communication; and collaborating with epidemiologists, health scientists, health communicators, and medical officers.

Specific opportunities may include:

•Managing, analyzing, classifying, and presenting data on unplanned school closure announcements that were collected through online systematic searches using an automated data capturing system.

•Comparing the unplanned school closure data that were collected by different methodologies.

• Applying new technology such as machine learning to modify the existing system to reduce the noise level in the data.

• Cleaning, formatting, evaluating, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data.

• Conducting literature reviews on nonpharmaceutical interventions.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

Click HERE to apply


UChicago Urban Labs, Full-time positions

Urban Labs works closely with partners to address some of the most pressing challenges across five key dimensions of urban life. Learn more about some of the work we have done and the impact it has made.

Click HERE for more information.

For our three most common research roles–Project Associate, Research Manager, and Research Analyst–please refer to the responsibilities outlined below:

  • Project Associates support large-scale social policy research projects designed to test the effectiveness of promising interventions by supporting a Research Manager or Research Analyst.
  • Research Managers work directly with leading social science researchers, local policymakers, frontline practitioners, and a dedicated team of research analysts, data scientists, and administrative staff to implement ambitious field experiments.
  • Research Analysts apply a variety of statistical modeling and data techniques to datasets in real-world settings and contribute to all facets of data collection & cleaning, model development, analysis, and interpretation of results.

For a current list of job openings, click HERE.


Summer Practicum: Data Research Assistant, due 3/1

UChicago Urban Labs

Who We Are:

By 2050, the global urban population will nearly double to 6.4 billion. This unprecedented growth in the global urban population creates incredible opportunities but also intensifies the most difficult problems cities face, such as concentrated poverty, crime, poor-quality schooling, and pollution. The University of Chicago founded Urban Labs to help address these challenges. Urban Labs is a set of highly synergistic labs focused on undertaking inquiry and having impact on five essential dimensions of urban life: crime, education, health, poverty, and energy and environment. Urban Labs partners with cities to identify and rigorously evaluate the policies and programs with the greatest potential to improve human lives at scale. Urban Labs’ evidence-based approach gives policymakers and practitioners the knowledge they need to effectively achieve the greatest social good per dollar spent.

In sum, UChicago Urban Labs:

• Identifies promising solutions to urban challenges

• Tests the most promising urban policies and programs

• Scales-up the most effective and cost-efficient policies and programs.

For more information about the UChicago Urban Labs, click HERE.

The Role:

The temporary Research Assistant summer internship is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of policy research and to develop research skills. This position will be full-time for approximately 37.5 hours per week. Please note that our office is located in downtown Chicago at 33 N. LaSalle Street.

Responsibilities:

• Project Development

• Data entry, reviewing and cleaning

• Statistical analysis and modeling

• Literature reviews

• Writing, formatting, and editing reports and works for dissemination

• Administrative tasks

Competencies:

• Interest in and aptitude for developing advanced programming and analytic skills for working with administrative data required

• Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to synthesize multiple sources required

• Strong initiative and a resourceful approach to problem-solving and learning are required

• Ability to work independently and as part of a team required

• Sound critical thinking skills required

• Strong attention to detail with superb organization skills required

• Superb analytic skills and attention to detail required

• Knowledge of the substantive policy area strongly preferred

Education:

• Significant progress towards a degree in a social science discipline such as economics, public policy, statistics etc., with a strong background in mathematics and statistics required.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:

• Experience with at least one statistical package required, STATA, or R strongly preferred

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required

To Apply:

please submit a resume and cover letter to specific Lab(s) of interest. Learn more about each Lab on our Urban Labs website.

• Crime Lab and Education Lab: JR03814

• Energy & Environment Lab: JR03922

• Health Lab: JR03997

• Poverty Lab: JR03993

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

Apply by clicking HERE

*Note: Other opportunities can be found on this site.


Meet your new RSGA EPI Reps!

Michelle McKinlay Nathan Quan
Hey y’all! My name is Michelle and I am so excited to have the opportunity to serve as one of your Epi Reps. I am originally from a small town called Enumclaw, Washington, completed my undergrad at UC Berkeley (GO BEARS!), moved to rural Alabama for two years to complete a community health fellowship, and am now here at RSPH with all of you. Within the department, I find myself most interested in social epidemiology, though am enjoying the opportunity to explore various topics at Rollins. Some of my favorite things include paddleboarding, eating yummy food, scary movies, gymnastics, the Seahawks, the Cal Bears, and spending time with my family. I’m also a self-proclaimed coffee shop connoisseur, so please share your favorite spots with me! One of my main goals as your Epi Rep is to create an environment within the department that allows everyone to feel welcome, and encourages students to extend beyond their typical comfort zones. And, of course, to help create an awesome Epi Department t-shirt! See you around Rollins.
I’m very excited to have begun my term as EPI student rep! I grew up in Vienna, VA and attended Virginia Tech for undergrad (GO HOKIES!!!). In my spare time, I love cooking, reading, and discovering new music. I’m also training to enter my first road cycling race this semester! One of my goals as EPI rep is to increase first and second year student body interaction. I hope to meet each and everyone of you!

RSGA EPI Reps invite you to: Valentine’s Day Snack Time

Category : News/Events

Join the RSGA EPI Reps Thursday, February 14th on the 3rd floor of CNR for Valentine’s Day Snack Time. 10:30am – 12:30pm!


CDC Surveillance Epidemiologist, due 3/15

Category : Alumni

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). ID provides the scientific and programmatic foundation and leadership for the diagnosis, prevention, and control of influenza domestically and internationally.

The Domestic Surveillance Team of 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 trained to support the coordination and management of at least one of the components of the U.S. influenza surveillance system.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the applicant will receive training regarding the coordination of national influenza surveillance activities including (1) the management, compilation, analysis, interpretation, and communication 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 and Microsoft Access as well as systems specific to the surveillance component(s) 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.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. There are three full-time appointments available at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area.  An appointment could begin as part-time and change to full-time if necessary.  Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: April 1, 2019

Apply by clicking HERE