Monthly Archives: March 2019

Epidemiologist, GS-12 Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria Malaria Branch/Strategic and Applied Science Unit

Category : Alumni , GLEPI

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Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria

Malaria Branch/Strategic and Applied Science Unit

601/602/701 GS-12

Duty Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Application Deadline: March 21, 2019

The Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Malaria Branch, announces an exciting opportunity to work in the Strategic and Applied Science Unit (SASU) in the Malaria Branch. This position is open to:

  • Physicians (602 series), Veterinary Medical Officers (701 series), and PhD Epidemiologists (601 series);
  • Lateral reassignments at GS 12 level for Medical Officers, Veterinary Medical Officers, or PhD Epidemiologists.

The Malaria Branch in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (DPDM) is recruiting for a vacancy in the SASU in the Malaria Branch. The Strategic and Applied Science Unit includes a staff of approximately 16 persons including medical officers, epidemiologists, and entomologists. Dr. Alexander Rowe is the SASU Chief. The incumbent will design, implement, and lead critical clinical and operational research studies in close coordination with host governments and national and international partners, including the nongovernmental and private sectors.

This is a unique professional opportunity to contribute to the global reduction in malaria, a major cause of childhood morbidity and mortality. The employee will collaborate to identify pressing public health research questions and to strive to answer those questions using appropriate research methods, designing, planning, implementing, and analyzing data from a wide breadth of research projects, including observational studies (e.g. surveys), experimental designs, (e.g. randomized controlled trials) and other relevant methods (e.g. qualitative studies, economic analyses, and systematic reviews). The employee will develop and write protocols, questionnaires, and manuscripts and mentor less experienced staff to do the same.  He or she will serve as an internationally recognized consultant and expert on malaria and epidemiology. The employee will develop and test interventions to identify, treat or resolve various malaria or other public health problems, and will provide malaria-specific, epidemiological or public health technical advice to Ministries of Health or domestic authorities.

International travel will be required at least 33% of the time.

Responsibilities:

  • The incumbent will support two specific research projects: a study of the effect of a spatial-repellent product, and the evaluation of the Malaria Vaccine Implementation Pilot.
  • The incumbent is responsible for ensuring high quality data collection, quality control, and/ or data utilization methods used to understand the epidemiology, prevention, and control of malaria. Develops and coordinates the sharing of health-related educational or informational materials so that medical advice and assistance are shared. Applies new scientific methods, approaches, and technology, or extends, revises, and adapts existing methodology to new and unusual situations.
  • More generally, the incumbent represents CDC in global health working groups related to malaria and other health priorities; provides program and policy advisement to the global malaria community; and assists with the management of malaria, maternal child health, field epidemiology, global health security and other programs when and as directed by the Malaria Branch Chief.

Additional information:

  • This position is located in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Non-bargaining unit position
  • This is two-year term position that may be extended an additional two years

Qualifications: Candidates should have a strong background and interest in field epidemiology; surveillance, monitoring and evaluation; and public health program implementation. Candidates should also have demonstrated effective diplomatic and communications skills at the national and/or local levels, and at least one to two years of public health experience in an international developing country setting.

How to apply: Candidates eligible for a lateral transfer at the GS-12 level and non-US citizens may contact Alexander Rowe (arowe [at] cdc [dot] gov) for more information.  Please include your CV and SF-50.

Other candidates should apply via www.USAJobs.gov using the announcement number below: 

Epidemiologist, GS-0601-12

HHS-CDC-D4-19-10442442: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/526654400

The deadline for applications and inquiries is close of business March 21, 2019.


Assistant Epidemiologist – Emory Health Services Research Center, apply by 3/30

Category : Alumni

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • Under limited supervision, the epidemiologist would have knowledge of advanced statistical methods to analyze, develop, implement, and promote new and creative strategies and solutions to address public health issues and challenges in a clinical research environment.
  • Designs, manages, and evaluates large, state-level (group-randomized) controlled trial.
  • Thoroughly understands and executes study protocols and procedures to ensure accurate and consistent collection of data.
  • Provides technical expertise and advice on study design and data analysis using a variety of statistical methods.
  • May provide assistance with interpretation of statistical analysis for peer review.
    Contributes to grant proposals, protocols, data analysis plans and management, reports, manuscripts, and presentation of study findings.
  • May participate in peer-reviewed manuscript authorship and occasional travel to scientific conferences.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A master’s degree in public health (epidemiology) or related research intensive field from an accredited school.
  • At least one year of related experience, which could be classified as fellowships, research assistantships, or part-time research activities, is preferred.

Additional Details

The epidemiologist will be responsible for managing NIH and privately-funded research studies oriented in clinical epidemiology and health services research.

The candidate would work closely with the Director of the Emory Health Services Research (HSR) Center, a cooperative initiative of the departments of medicine and surgery of the Emory University School of Medicine, is committed to advancing healthcare access, quality of healthcare delivery, and health outcomes of patients and populations.

The center supports health services research studies that aim to enhance, improve, and revise healthcare systems so that they can perform at the highest quality and value and deliver the best patient outcomes. It aims to not only have an impact on Emory University and Emory Healthcare’s missions, but also create a paradigm for clinical/research institutions nationwide.

The HSR Center is designed to deliver patient-centered outcomes through the promotion of health services research that aligns academic research with clinical care delivery. Faculty experts in three major domains of health services research are a critical component of the center and serve as mentors and advisors to trainees and junior HSR faculty. These domains, or areas of concentration, are defined as patient-level, which is concerned with disease prevention and management; micro-system level, which understands the local provision of care; and macro-system level, which focuses on the healthcare delivery system.

The Director of the HSR Center has active funding in the area of health services research in kidney disease and transplantation, including the expansion of a national registry for early steps in transplant access and several large-scale pragmatic trials to reduce inequities in access to treatment for this patient population. The candidate would likely work on some of these projects, in addition to other research by faculty throughout the departments of surgery and medicine related to health services research.

Project areas may vary across patient populations or health systems and will likely include study design, data collection, implementing and analyzing pragmatic clinical trials and cohort studies, developing novel health care quality metrics, and leveraging big data/predictive analytics using machine learning and natural language processing. The assistant epidemiologist should be comfortable analyzing a variety of research datasets (national surveillance and administrative data as well as regionally collected data), contributing to study design, statistical interpretation and data management and analysis using SAS and/or R statistical software. The incumbent will also provide analytical support for presentations, abstract and peer-reviewed manuscripts, and grant writing. The work environment is a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, biostatisticians, epidemiologists, behavioral scientists, and data scientists.

This position may require the creation and management of IRB protocols and data use agreements for research studies, as well as supervising/mentoring graduate research assistants and interns. The associate will have numerous opportunities to present research findings through authorship in written manuscripts and via presentations at national conferences.

Highly Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s of Public Health (MPH) in epidemiology, or a related field.
  • The ideal candidate would have working knowledge of SAS and/or R (including data management, cleaning, and analysis experience), experience managing a multicenter research project in an academic or government setting, excellent attention to detail, maintain organization and prioritize tasks, and excellent communication skills to maintain collaborations and through scientific writing experience and oral presentations.
  • Clinical, translational, health services research, or experience in applying scientific concepts in comprehensive program planning and implementation of large-scale research study.
  • Strong interest in social epidemiology preferred.

Applicants should email their CV and list of references to Dr. Rachel Patzer at rpatzer [at] emory [dot] edu, by March 30th, and apply to the position on the Emory website by clicking  HERE.


2019 Public Health Ethics Forum, Abstracts due 3/15

Ethical Dilemmas in Child and Adolescent Health

Friday, April 26, 2019

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tom Harkin Global Communications Center

1600 Clifton Road, N.E. Atlanta, GA 30333 USA

Graduate Student Poster Contest

Call for Poster Abstracts

Submission deadline: March 15, 2019

Since 2015, the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University and the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have co-hosted the annual Public Health Ethics Forum on CDC’s main campus. The initial forum commemorated the 100th anniversary of the creation of National Negro Health Week by Dr. Booker T. Washington – founding president of, then, Tuskegee Institute. This year, the forum will examine ethical issues that must address planning and implementing public health programs intending to improve health outcomes for children and adolescents – particularly among minority populations.

There are documented disparities in child and adolescent health, such as racial/ethnic disparities in the prevalence of pediatric obesity, cancer mortality rates, and injury deaths from motor vehicle crashes, firearms, and suffocation. Structural and other barriers contribute to these disparities, and perceived inaction to address them gives rise to public concerns of tolerance for largely preventable health inequities. The 2019 Public Health Ethics Forum will bring these and other structural ethical dilemmas to the forefront and will identify practical ways that public health practitioners can engage with other sectors to advance health equity for children and adolescents.

Students who are enrolled in graduate-level schools and programs with majors or concentrations in public health, public policy, education, criminal justice, social work, psychology and any major that provides a relevant frame for analyzing ethical issues for child and adolescent health are invited to submit an abstract describing research they are conducting and that can be presented in a poster format. The content of the abstract should focus on ethical issues that underlie the delivery of public health programs focused on children and adolescents who are members of minority populations. The abstract can focus on topics including, but not limited to, the following: contextual factors, SES, nutrition (e.g., food insecurity, access to healthy foods), factors in the social and physical environment that create barriers to healthy lifestyles and choices, cultural

influences, geography (rural vs. urban), generational change, social determinants of health (e.g., exposure to drugs, gangs, etc.), technology (e.g., the digital divide), access to health care, acceptance, surveillance, (mis)trust in providers and systems, fairness, as well as adverse childhood experiences. The abstract/poster content is not limited to initial or first time offerings and can include content previously presented at other local, state, or national conferences. Because of limited resources, CDC cannot provide the cost of travel and accommodations for participants who will be participating in the 2019 Public Health Ethics Forum. There will be no registration fees required for the summit activities. We are in the process of reserving a block of rooms at a hotel for forum participants.

Abstract Requirements

The abstract should be in MS Word, double-spaced, 12 point font Times New Roman. All abstracts must follow the structured format below:

* Background: Study objectives, hypothesis, or a description of the problem;

* Methodology: Study design, including a description of participants, procedures, measures, and appropriate statistical analyses;

* Results: Specific results in summary form; and

* Conclusions: Description of the main outcome of the study or the intended outcome with supporting data.

Abstracts are limited to a maximum of 275 words, including subheadings. Author(s) must provide 4 to 6 descriptive keywords. All abstracts will be peer reviewed and should be clearly written, well structured, error free, in an appropriate format, and formal scientific tone. Notification of the abstract review status will be sent by March 22, 2019. Ten (10) abstracts will be accepted for a poster presentation. Submission of an abstract is considered acknowledgement that if accepted, the author will register for and attend the 2019 Public Health Ethics Forum to present the poster. While faculty members and professionals may serve as advisors to the students as they are preparing their abstract/paper, faculty members and professionals may not serve as co-authors. We are asking that only students serve as authors and co-authors. CDC and Tuskegee University researchers and practitioners, as well as forum presenters and the top three poster abstract winners will be encouraged to submit a paper for publication in the Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities.

Abstracts must be submitted as an email attachment to: keh2 [at] cdc [dot] gov by Friday, March 15, 2019 by 5:00 PM EST. Any questions related to the Call for Abstracts should be directed to Dr. Karen Bouye at keh2 [at] cdc [dot] gov or by phone at 770-488-8199.


Epi Mock Interview Wrap-up

We had a great EPI Mock Interview and Networking Night last month and heard from students that feedback about the S.T.A.R. Method of responding to questions was very helpful.

The S.T.A.R. Method is a way of answering resume-based interview questions that provides interviewers with clear, concrete and concise answers. Interview questions that are answered in the S.T.A.R. Method get to the heart of what a candidate ACTUALLY did in a previous work experience.

Use the S.T.A.R. Method to frame your responses to most behavioral-based interview questions:

Situation – Describe the situation in detail while being concise and straightforward. Make sure to give enough detail so that the interviewer can understand the situation at hand. Pretend you’re talking to a friend – don’t start in the middle of the story. And don’t assume they’ve read your resume.

Task – Detail what your task or obstacle was (even in a group setting).

Action – Detail what your actions were to complete the task or overcome the obstacle.

Result – Detail what the result of your action was and the outcome of the situation

For more information about interviewing, look at the Office of Career Development’s Interview Prep Guide.


Research Coordinator Position

Sumner Lab, University of California, Los Angeles

An experienced, independent, and highly organized individual is sought for a full-time Research Coordinator position in the Sumner laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Psychology Department, run by Jennifer Sumner, PhD. The position will begin in summer 2019 (ideally August). Our research examines how the experiences of stress and trauma relate to accelerated aging and risk for chronic disease. Most of our studies are focused on identifying the psychological and biological mechanisms linking stress and trauma with disease risk.

Under the supervision of Dr. Sumner, the individual in this position will be involved in managing an active research lab with several grants and participate in many aspects of the research process, including recruitment of research participants, development and maintenance of a database for participant recruitment and tracking, preparation and submission of IRB applications, data collection using a variety of modalities, supervision of volunteer research assistants, and data management. These duties will primarily focus on a study examining key dimensions of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in trauma-exposed individuals and how they relate to early markers of cardiovascular risk. Data collection for this research involves acquisition of psychophysiology and eye tracking data, along with assessments of trauma exposure, mental health, and cardiovascular health and biomarkers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Prepare and submit IRB applications

* Recruit participants

* Develop and maintain databases for participant recruitment and tracking

* Collect data from participants across multiple levels of analysis, including trauma exposure and mental health assessments, psychophysiology, eye tracking, and cardiovascular health assessments

* Oversee collection and storage of biological samples for biomarker assays

* Supervise a team of research assistants in data collection and data management

* Manage, clean, and organize data for analysis

Qualifications:

* Bachelor’s degree in a relevant academic area (e.g., psychology, neuroscience)

* Experience working or volunteering in research lab settings

* Experience with data management and analysis is preferred

Please contact lab coordinator, Jacob Julian, for details on how to apply: jej11190 [at] gmail [dot] com


ORISE Fellowship

The Child Development Studies Team in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities has an ORISE position open to applicants with an interest in children’s mental health, child development, and/or epidemiological data analyses using complex sample design, administrative claims, or longitudinal data.

Brief Description of Fellowship:

The selected candidate will train with the Child Development Studies Team on tasks related to children’s mental health and early childhood development. Training activities may include program implementation research on children’s mental health, neurodevelopment, and overall child development; development of research translation products and public health communication materials; and/or epidemiological analyses related to the diagnosis of children’s mental disorders, associated treatment, service utilization, and risk factors related to children’s mental health.

Earliest Start Date: April 2019

Application Deadline: March 18, 2019, 3 pm ET

For more information, please see position posting at https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/CDC-NCBDDD-2019-0083.

Please contact Jennifer Kaminski, PhD, Child Development Studies Team Lead, for additional information at: jkaminski [at] cdc [dot] gov.



School Nutrition Survey Data Analyst – Practicum

Job Description
Finalize content for Georgia School Nutrition Survey based on literature review and expert advisory committee feedback. Support implementation of survey and follow-up. Analyze data and prepare reports with key findings.
Apply via Handshake: # 2440865 School Nutrition Survey Data Analyst 

Early Childhood Education Program Evaluator, 3/18

Job Description
Providing evaluation and data analysis for Early Childhood Education center program to improve nutrition and physical activity of preK age children. Job duties include….work with HealthMPowers staff to manage survey data collection from child care staff and parents, assist in preparation of annual report to HealthMPowers, manage data cleaning, coding, data checks and analysis for assessment and survey data, may assist with additional quantitative and qualitative data collection efforts, assist with ongoing documentation of methodology, assist in the development of center and overall child care reports, including creating crafts, may assist with grant writing/funding opportunities, may assist with conducting analyses and writing a manuscript for peer-reveiw publication, maintain tableau dashboard and provide training/support to health educators as needed.
Apply via Handshake: #2440950 Early Childhood Education Program Evaluator

Field Interviewers

Emory University’s Policy Analysis Laboratory is seeking interviewers to support its evaluation of Atlanta Housing’s (formerly Atlanta Housing Authority) Moving to Work program, an initiative which attempts to create healthy mixed-income communities and self-sufficient families through a range of interconnected strategies. The opportunity is a short-term commitment, lasting from March through the end of June and involves field interviewers conducting on-site and in-home interviews with households receiving housing assistance through the Atlanta Housing Authority and other housing authorities in the greater Atlanta area. There is no cold-calling or sales involved, but rather field interviewers will be assigned to households who’ve expressed a willingness to participate. This is the third round of field research (initial interviews were conducted in Spring/Summer 2013 and 2015) and we will be interviewing those households who have indicated an interest in continuing to participate in the study.

Interviewers will be hired as independent consultants and will be compensated $50.00 per interview, inclusive of interview and travel time, mileage reimbursement, and administrative follow-up. It is anticipated that most interviews will be completed in an hour or less.

In order to participate, potential field interviewers must undergo training and complete an online research certification. Individuals with past experience conducting face-to-face surveys, particularly with individuals from low-income populations are especially encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume to Dr. Michael Rich at mrich [at] emory [dot] edu and enter “Emory University MTW Project” in the subject line.