Category Archives: Alumni

Communications Specialist II, Public Health Institute

Category : Alumni


The Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP) is seeking a Communications Specialist II to design a comprehensive communications strategy and build a robust and interactive website to share program offerings with a diverse national audience.

CHLP designs and implements programs that build the capacity of groups to work together and transform their communities into healthier environments. In early 2018, CHLP took over managing the California Opioid Safety Network (COSN) – launched in 2015 by California Health Care Foundation – to provide a statewide learning community for multi-sector coalitions, organizations and individuals working to combat the opioid crisis in California. Due to the strong success of COSN to date, CHLP is now expanding its reach to provide opioid safety tools, resources and learning opportunities on a national level.COSN is a program of the Public Health Institute (PHI), an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally and internationally. PHI was distinguished as one of the top 50 “Best Non-profit Organizations to Work For” by the Non-Profit Times in a national search. To learn more about our meaningful work visit

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design and oversee the COSN external website redesign and online resource library by working directly as needed with website designer/consultants.
  • Provide ongoing updates and maintenance of the COSN website.
  • Produce a monthly electronic newsletter and develop as needed COSN brochures in printed form for a wide external audience.
  • Build and maintain email list of outside collaborators/scientists to facilitate dissemination of COSN information and build awareness of COSN website and online resource library.
  • Serve as COSN communications liaison to Central PHI communications team.
  • Communicate program updates and news-worthy items to PHI communications staff and media.
  • Maintain COSN social media feed by posting up-to-date program updates.
  • Design PowerPoint presentations, and/or modify graphics.
  • Modifies photos in Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator.
  • Work with Program Manager and/or project staff on people/project webpages to maintain high quality of materials posted.
  • Prepare organizational and communication documents such as annual accomplishments as needed
  • May review communications materials created by other staff and assist in training other staff members

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, marketing/business administration, public health, or related field.
  • 5+ years of relevant communications experience preferably in a public health or substance use setting.
  • Experience with website design and development.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, with the ability to tailor language, presentation style and communications strategies to a variety of different audiences (including scientific, public health and lay audiences), and in a variety of different settings (such as conference presentations, research articles, media outlets, email marketing).
  • Knowledge of creating and implementing basic and advanced marketing and communications strategies and plans to achieve desired goals.
  • Ability to write persuasively for different and diverse audiences.
  • Ability to work in successful collaboration with a wide variety of internal and external partners, and to effectively synthesize input from multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to conduct necessary background research and fact checking.
  • Ability to write effective press releases and develop press and media relationships.
  • Print production management skills.
  • Skill and experience in PhotoShop.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS.
  • Skill and experience in graphic design and layout.
  • Skill and experience in photography.
  • Knowledge of EMS/CRM platforms such as Constant Contact, MailChimp, etc.

Important Information

  • This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position based in Oakland, CA. While the shelter-in-place is in effect, this position will be based remotely.
  • This position is eligible for PHI’s full suite of benefits including but not limited to medical, dental, and vision coverage, health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts, and generous time off.

How to Apply

  • To apply for any position, you must create an account on PHI’s job application site. After creating your account, you may search job listings for open positions and apply.
  • To apply for this specific position, click here 
  • This position requires that you submit resume and a cover letter. In your cover letter, please describe why you are enthusiastic about this opportunity and why you think you are a good fit for the position.

Epidemiologist I, Maryland Department of Health

Category : Alumni

Position Overview 

This full time contractual position supports the Behavioral Health Administration’s (BHA) Office of Opioid Response Coordination’s (ORC) ability to design, conduct, analyze and disseminate epidemiological studies related to the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic in Maryland. The position specifically supports implementation of the annual study and report required by State Law (Chapter 211, 2018) on opioid overdose risk factors and the State’s efforts to reduce and prevent overdose deaths. The position will work with data, policy and program staff from state agencies and external contractors to assist the linkage of multiple datasets, design studies, conduct statistical analyses, prepare reports and assist with presentations, briefings and other approaches to disseminating findings.

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.
  • Experience: None.
  • 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 education.

Desired Qualifications

The desired candidate should possess experience in the following: 

  • Experience or education in the field of behavioral health (i.e. mental health and/or substance use disorders)
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct quantitative data analysis using statistical software packages (e.g. SAS, SPSS or R)
  • Knowledge of information systems that support the management and analysis of large datasets


  • Click here to learn more about the position details and to apply!
  • Application deadline: 4/13/20 at 11:59PM


Human Subjects Research Coordinator, Seattle ERIC

Category : Alumni


Are you interested in helping to improve the health and care of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

The Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), is hiring a full-time Research Coordinator. The Research Coordinator will support the Service and Health Among Deployed Veterans Study (SHADE Study, CSP #595), a multi-site observational study. The aim of the study is to characterize the impact of deployment-related pollution exposures during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) on current respiratory health.

The Research Coordinator will provide operational support under the direction of the SHADE Study Program Manager.

Key duties:

  • Serve as liaison with investigators, site personnel, consultants, and contractors
  • Develop and maintain standard operating procedures, databases, research records, and study materials
  • Ensure compliance with study protocol, including informed consent, safety, and data security requirements
  • Monitor subject recruitment and data collection activities and take corrective action when required
  • Oversee data management and quality assurance/quality control procedures
  • Track study progress, identify issues, and recommend solutions
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and data summaries
  • Coordinate and facilitate local and national meetings and trainings
  • Ensure regulatory requirements are met, including R&D and IRB submissions and audits


  • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field
  • 3-4 years of work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook required
  • Experience with Access, SharePoint, and REDCap preferred

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

The Seattle ERIC is a research center within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System that works to improve the health and care of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We are part of the VA CSP, a national VA research group of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers.

Learn more at:

Application information:

  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-09 position. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at
  • Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC [at] va [dot] gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by April 3, 2020 will be considered first. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

Research Project Coordinator, Georgetown University

Category : Alumni


The Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center of Georgetown University has an opening for a full-time program coordinator to work on multiple NCI-funded studies of behavioral and psychological aspects of cancer genetic testing. The project coordinator will supervise study research assistants, oversee data collection and management using the electronic medical record and the REDCap data management system. The candidate will also be responsible for regulatory oversight (including IRB and Clinical Trial.Gov submission). There will be opportunities for data analysis and manuscript preparation.


  • Prior experience working on behavioral research projects and/or clinical interventions
  • Data management experience
  • The ability to commit to the full-time position for two years
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in psychology, public health, or a related field
  • Ideally, the candidate will have at least one year of post-graduate research experience in a related field
  • Start date is April 2020

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position along with your resume to Marc Schwartz, PhD. schwartm [at] georgetown [dot] edu


CDC Emergency Response Fellowship, ORISE

Category : Alumni

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.


A research opportunity is currently available within the Emergency Response Capacity Development Unit (ERCDU), Emergency Response and Recover Branch (ERRB), Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP) of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.

ERCDU is tasked with the development of trainings and provision of response capacity consultations to improve the global emergency workforce to better respond to international public health emergencies.

Duties and Activities

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be trained on the development and delivery of global public health emergency preparedness activities. The participant will have the opportunity to learn about and gain hands-on experience in the following activities:

  • Designing and developing curriculum in collaboration with CDC subject matter experts for CDC responders, foreign governments, and international organizations during both peacetime and response activation
  • Quantitative and qualitative evaluation data collection and analysis to improve capacity development strategies
  • Participating in the development of plans, procedures, and tools for more streamlined execution of capacity building activities including the provision of simulations, tabletop exercises, workshops, and in-country consultations
  • Contributing to the preparation of training activities, reports, presentations, and communication materials
  • Enhancing professional growth and development by participating in trainings, workshops, and meetings centered around global emergency preparedness

The participant will have the opportunity to network with subject matter experts across the agency to learn what CDC does for global public health emergencies and preparedness as well as opportunities to network with foreign governments and international organizations.


The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a master’s degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date. 

Other Information

  • Anticipated Appointment Start Date: June 1, 2020
  • If you have questions, send an email to ORISE [dot] CDC [dot] CGH [at] orau [dot] org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity (CDC-CGH-2020-0091) in your email.

Click here to learn more and apply online! 

Postdoc Opportunity, RSPH

Category : Alumni

Post doctoral opportunity to use big data and to to examine the effect of vaccines on antibiotic resistant infections

Position Description:

The research groups of Drs. Ben Lopman and David Benkeser are seeking a post-doctoral fellow to work on a portfolio of projects that focus on utilizing large, observational health care databases to quantify impacts of vaccines on the future of antibiotic resistant infections. The fellow will have the opportunity to work on epidemiological studies using observational databases, applications of causal inference methodology in observational settings, and the development of statistical methodology for causal inference and machine learning.

Minimum Qualifications:

A PhD in Epidemiology, Biostatistics or other relevant quantitative field. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Experience managing and manipulating large databases.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest and ability in both biostatistics and epidemiology
  • Expertise in causal inference methodology
  • Experience using high performance computing environments for data analysis (e.g., shell scripting, Linux OS, interacting with job schedulers)
  • Expertise in data management/analysis in R (preferred), SAS, Python, other statistical software
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Interest in infectious disease, vaccines, or antibiotic resistance

Additional Job Details:

The position will be based at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The fellow will be under the joint mentorship of Drs. Lopman and Benkeser and will have the opportunity to collaborate with leaders in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Emory and in the Atlanta area. The initial appointment is for one year and renewal for a second year is anticipated if performance is satisfactory. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with NIH standards.

*Closing Date: March 27, 2020


Click here to learn more about the position and to apply online! 

Senior Epidemiologist, CDC – Dengue Branch

Category : Alumni


Chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever, Zika and other viruses transmitted by mosquitoes are serious health threats in the U.S. and globally. The public health response to the spread of these arboviruses throughout the tropics, where their mosquito vectors thrive, has been hampered by a lack of sustainable and effective interventions to prevent arboviral infections at the community level. The Dengue Branch Epidemiology Team has a history of innovative research with broad implications for prevention and control of these diseases locally within Puerto Rico, in the continental United States, and internationally. The Dengue Branch provides a unique opportunity for learning the skills needed to conduct interdisciplinary applied public health research in an endemic setting including studies of vectors, interventions, clinical management, and surveillance. Areas of past and active research include:

  • The Sentinel Enhanced Dengue Surveillance System (SEDSS) is a facility-based surveillance system for acute febrile illness designed to better understand the immune response to dengue, develop and evaluate diagnostic assays, evaluate efficacy and effectiveness of vaccines and monitor trends in the leading causes of fever in Puerto Rico.
  • The Zika Virus Persistence (ZiPer) cohort study, estimated the frequency and duration of Zika virus (ZIKV) in various body fluids. The study findings informed CDC recommendations on diagnostic testing, screening of pregnant women and recommendation to prevent sexual transmission. During the Zika outbreak a case- control study was also done to demonstrate a strong epidemiologic linkage between acute ZIKV infection and GBS.
  • Communities Organized for the Prevention of Arboviruses (COPA) project is an established community-based research platform in southern Puerto Rico. The aims of this project include to annually assess arboviral infection incidence and prevalence and evaluate the epidemiological impact of a novel vector control strategy to reduce infections with arboviruses.
  • We conduct models to elucidate the relationship between surveillance data, incidence of infection, incidence of severe disease, and epidemic risk.
  • We provide technical assistance to states and territories and support to international partners during dengue outbreaks.

Duty Location

San Juan, Puerto Rico


  • Lead the design and implementation of epidemiological research and surveillance.
  • Identify and analyze public health issues and their impact on public policies or
  • epidemiological studies or surveys.
  • Present research and surveillance findings at internal and external meetings and lead peer-reviewed publications.
  • Serve as a national or internationally recognized consultant on arboviruses epidemiology, surveillance and prevention.
  • Evaluate data collection, quality control, and data utilization methods used to study epidemiological problems and issues.
  • Identify appropriate methods to identify, treat or resolve various clinical and medical problems.
  • Oversee outbreak investigations and provide technical assistance to national and international partners.


  • Doctoral degree in epidemiology, medicine, veterinary medicine or related field.
  • Demonstrated skill in analyzing data from studies and projects.
  • Advanced experience using statistical software (SAS, R).
  • Experience in writing and communicating research or surveillance findings.
  • Demonstrated skill in successful communication and collaboration with multidisciplinary team and external partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced work environment.

How to Apply

  • For questions contact Gabriela Paz-Bailey at gmb5 [at] cdc [dot] gov.
  • To be considered, please click here to apply at USAjobs 
  • Job posting closes March 18th, 2020

Senior Fellow, National Center for Health Research

Category : Alumni


Terrific opportunity for someone with a PhD, MD, or similar graduate degree who recently completed their degree or post-doc or wants to move into the policy arena. Learn first-hand about the Washington policy scene by gaining hands-on experience with federal agencies!



We are seeking an experienced professional with expertise in quantitative research who can interpret and “translate” research findings into compelling and persuasive information for the public, policy makers, and potential funders. A doctorate or ABD in epidemiology/public health, medicine, psychology, or a closely related field is required.  Excellent understanding of public health statistics and oral as well as written communication skills are also required. Grant-writing skills are a plus. $50,000/year plus benefits for full-time work (must be 32 or 40 hours per week). Must be willing to commit for 6 months or 12 months, and will be eligible for promotion. Our office is a few blocks from the White House.

How to Apply

  • Apply now for a Fellowship beginning in early 2020. Send a resume and cover letter to info [at] center4research [dot] org.
  • For more information about our Center, see and
  • For more information about our policy work, see the policy and media sections of those websites. 
  • Include your available starting date and numbers of hours per week in your cover letter. Please note: this is not a telecommuting position.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Category : Alumni


The Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the Section of Clinical Sciences. The successful candidate will work on several projects examining the potential associations of dietary factors and diet-related metabolites with risk of osteoarthritis using advanced statistical methods. The data are from the Osteoarthritis Initiative cohort.


Minimum requirements include a PhD / ScD / DrPH in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, or other quantitative fields. Individuals with the following skills are encouraged to apply: background in clinical or public health research, excellent statistical and analytic skills (e.g. advanced programming skills using SAS and R, mixed effect model, longitudinal data analysis, etc.), and strong oral and written communication skills. Experience with large cohort studies and knowledge in -omics study is preferred.

Other information

  • The appointment could be 2 years with possible renewal subject to performance and funding availability.
  • Salary: $50,000 to $60,000 /year based on NIH policy with excellent benefits.

How to apply

To apply, please send cover letter describing your research experience and interests, CV, contact information for three references and two sample publications via email to Dr. Bing Lu, Associate Professor of Medicine at blu1 [at] bwh [dot] harvard [dot] edu.The Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School are AA/EOE.

Research Analyst, The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy

Category : Alumni

The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) seeks an energetic individual to provide research support to its staff. The position will be based in CDDEP’s Washington, D.C. office.



The Research Analyst will work closely with the DC team of epidemiologists, disease modelers and economists to provide research support for a CDC-funded project modeling transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms in healthcare settings. Research-related tasks will include literature reviews, data cleaning and analysis, and manuscript preparation along with some grant and administrative support. The supervisor may assign other tasks as needed.


We seek applicants with backgrounds in global/public health, epidemiology, economics, molecular biology, computer science and/or natural sciences to work as part of our research team. Candidates must have BA/BS, although an MA/MS/MPH is preferred. We especially seek individuals with knowledge of epidemiology and good analytical reasoning and technical writing skills. Experience with statistical programming using R/STATA is necessary and programming experience in other languages including C/C++, SQL, or Python is a plus. Applicants must be well organized, attentive to detail, and able to work independently.

How to apply

  • Qualified candidates should send their cover letter, CV, writing sample, unofficial transcripts, and 3 professional references to jobs [at] cddep [dot] org.
  • Please include “[YOUR NAME] – Research Analyst, Washington” in the email subject line.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Principals only. EOE.
  • Women & minorities are encouraged to apply. 

Organization Description

CDDEP is a public health research organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C. and New Delhi, India. Its mission is “to produce independent, multidisciplinary research to advance the health and well-being of human populations in the United States and around the world.” Founded in 2009 as a center of Resources for the Future, CDDEP is now an independent non-profit organization. CDDEP’s team of economists, epidemiologists, disease modelers, policy and risk analysts carry out research on malaria, antibiotic resistance, disease control priorities, environmental health, alcohol and tobacco, and various other diseases. Research is divided across four areas: disease dynamics and behavior, disease dynamics and information structure, delivery of new technologies for disease control, and innovative financing. More information about CDDEP can be found at