Category Archives: Post-Grad

Blood, Organ, and Other Tissue Safety ORISE Position, CDC

Position Description

The Office of Blood, Organ, and Other Tissue Safety (BOOTS), Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP), National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) is seeking qualified applicants for a an ORISE position. The successful candidate will support 2 BOOTS-related activities: 1) the National Blood Collection and Utilization Survey (NBCUS) and 2) National Healthcare Safety Network Hemovigilance (NHSN) Module. Specific activities are described below.

 

Duties and Responsibilities 

NBCUS:

  • Participates in facility identification, outreach and enrollment for the NBCUS
  • Provides technical support to blood centers and healthcare facilities participating in the NBCUS.

NHSN:

  • Conduct data analyses and author peer reviewed journal manuscripts related to blood transfusion safety.
  • Develop and maintain technical expertise in the function and use of the NHSN Biovigilance Component including thorough understanding of the application from a user perspective. This is a continuous activity.
  • Handle inquiries from existing and prospective NHSN Biovigilance Component users, assist facilities with NHSN enrollment, and provide user support regarding procedures for correctly applying CDC surveillance definitions and criteria and data entry. This is a continuous activity.
  • Participate in the change request and implementation process with the NHSN development team, including submitting change requests, defining business requirements with a business analyst, and testing and verification of the surveillance application prior to release. Changes to the surveillance system are released twice per year.
  • Investigating defects in the surveillance application as discovered by participating users, communicating defects to the NHSN QA team, verifying fixes, and communicating updates back to end users. This is a continuous activity.
  • Assist with data management, validation, and cleaning, including analyses to assess data quality and outreach to users for data entry correction and completion.
  • Identify and addresses opportunities to enhance usability of hemovigilance surveillance data for prevention.
  • Assist with the development of NHSN modules and mechanisms for electronic reporting to NHSN. Communicate with users and provides technical expertise to improve user interface and analytic and group user functions.
  • Assist with maintenance of the technical content of protocols, definitions, and data collection forms for the NHSN Biovigilance Component (including the hemovigilance module). Surveillance methods are reviewed at least annually
  • Attends weekly BOOTS staff meetings, bi-weekly NHSN User Support Team meetings, bi-weekly NHSN Development – User Support communication meetings, and weekly update meetings with technical monitor.
  • Requires a Master’s degree and relevant experience in epidemiology and/or biostatistics.

 

Application Guidelines

Applicants should send current CV via email to Sanjida Mowla at ouf4 [at] cdc [dot] gov.

 

 


Epidemiology Fellowship, CDC

Description

A research opportunity is currently available with the Field Research Branch, in the Division of Field Studies and Engineering (DFSE), within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Researchers in the Field Research Branch conduct large-scale and in-depth studies examining the effects of workplace exposures on chronic health effects. Findings will contribute to protecting worker health through occupational health policies and recommendations for controlling hazards. Areas of focus in FRB include cancer, cardiovascular disease, reproductive health, and health inequity.

The appointment is full-time at CDC at a facility located in Cincinnati, OH.  Because of COVID-19 travel and facility restrictions, initially the position will require telework.  Mentors will work with participants to arrange an initial in-person visit to the nearest CDC location to receive teleworking equipment. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities 

The selected participant will work with the FRB epidemiology team on current research studies.  Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant may be involved in the following activities:

  • Conduct literature searches of published and grey scientific literature
  • Conduct quality assurance reviews of summaries on emerging COVID-19 literature, including checking for 1) completeness; 2) updating citations; and 3) verifying abstracted data summaries are accurate
  • Conduct statistical analyses and write scientific manuscripts using data from a study of healthcare workers exposure to COVID-19. Research areas include PPE use and availability, mental health, and knowledge, attitudes, and practices associated with COVID-19 prevention.
  • Contribute to the development of educational and other communication materials used by principal investigators to communicate research findings

The appointment will offer the opportunity for multidisciplinary collaboration with epidemiologists, industrial hygienists, statisticians, and experts in information technology.

 

Qualifications

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

 

Preferred skills

  • Experience in epidemiological methods and statistics
  • Knowledge of SAS (or R) statistical software desirable
  • Experience with Microsoft Office tools (Word, Power Point, Excel)
  • Strong research and communication skills

 

Application & Other Information

  • Application Deadline: January 22, 2021
  • Anticipated Appointment Start Date: May 2020
  • Click here to read more about this position and apply online! 

 


Associate Consultant, Putnam Associates

Description 

As an Associate Consultant, you will gain insight into the strategic issues facing today’s life sciences companies, as well as the specific challenges impacting the healthcare industry.

The complexities of the industry provide an opportunity to gain comprehensive knowledge of both the science and business sides of healthcare. Associates work in case teams of 4-7 professionals led by a Manager or Partner. While responsibilities vary greatly from case to case, Associates are instrumental in developing the building blocks to identify critical issues, develop key analytical components, and ultimately, drive conclusions and recommendations. Through this process, Associates develop sound business and strategy fundamentals and a thorough understanding of solving complex business issues.

Our offices are located in the vibrant cities of Boston, San Francisco, New York, and London. Associates have minimal travel requirements and work an average of 55-60 hours per week.

 

Organization Description

At Putnam, we pride ourselves on a team-based approach that is client focused and impact oriented. We serve many of the industry leaders, including all of the top 10 global biopharmaceutical companies. Almost all of our studies combine sophisticated quantitative analytics with significant qualitative fact-finding and synthesis to inform strategic decision-making. Our diverse casework spans portfolio prioritization, development pathway and resource optimization, market assessment, product pricing and launch strategies, market segment growth strategies, sales and marketing strategies, franchise development and patent expiration strategies. While the client-service core of our work can be demanding, we pride ourselves on the collegial, friendly and balanced environment at Putnam where consulting can be a long-term career option.

 

Desired Skills & Experience

  • We are seeking highly intelligent and self-motivated candidates who have demonstrated excellence and leadership both as undergraduates and during previous internships and/or employment opportunities.
  • Proven analytic abilities, a rigorous quantitative background, and strong problem-solving skills are essential.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.3 is required with 3.5 or better preferred.
  • Economics, finance or science majors are especially well suited for this position.

 

How to Apply

Click here to read more about this position and apply online!

 

 


Health Outcomes and Economics Research Fellowship, Thomas Jefferson University

Overview & Purpose

Thomas Jefferson University has offered industry-sponsored fellowships in health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) since 1994. The fellowships are administered through the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH), which is the nation’s first college of population health in the country.

The goal of the fellowship program is to prepare pharmacists and other health professionals for careers in health economics and outcomes research. One of the oldest and most established programs of its kind in the country, the JCPH fellowship program has more than 50 alumni to date. Current industry sponsors include Bristol Myers Squibb, Ethicon, Janssen, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Teva Pharmaceuticals.

 

General Information

  • All JCPH fellowships are 2-years long andbegin in June.
  • Fellows are assigned a JCPH faculty mentor who advises them and supervises their progress throughout the course of the fellowship.
  • Fellows usually spend the first year on the Jefferson campus in downtown Philadelphia, PA. Fellows apply the skills and knowledge gained from formal coursework to their research projects.
    • Financial support from the industry sponsor allows Fellows to complete a JCPH graduate certificate or master’s degree in Applied Health Economics & Outcomes Research, Health Policy, Population Health, Population Health Intelligence, Operational Excellence or Healthcare Quality & Safety during the duration of the fellowship.
    • Fellows work on JCPH outcomes research projects and acquire management experience. Fellows are encouraged to produce publications and make presentations based on these projects at professional meetings.
  • Fellows typically spend the second year working at the site of the industry sponsor. This provides experience in outcomes research in a corporate setting and offers opportunities to see first-hand how policies affect various stakeholders within the industry.

 

How to Learn More about the Fellowship 

  • Click here to view a PDF with additional information or here  to watch a recent webinar about this fellowship opportunity. 

 

How to Apply

Click here to view the specific application instructions based on the individual fellowship sponsors.

All application materials and questions should be emailed to JCPHFellowship [at] Jefferson [dot] edu. The application reviewing process has already begun, so interested individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible

 

 


PhD Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health, Harvard T.H Chan SPH

Program Description

The PhD program in Biological Sciences in Public Health (BPH) emphasizes interdisciplinary basic research spanning from molecular biology to human populations. BPH students develop individualized research projects focused on defining the molecular underpinnings of human health and disease by employing cutting-edge approaches in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, genomics, metabolic biology, physiology, immunology, biophysics, computational and systems biology, and bioengineering. A central goal of the research in this program, whether basic or translational, is the improved understanding, prevention, and treatment of the most common and impactful global health threats.

The program encompasses laboratories and faculty mentors in the Departments of Environmental Health, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases, Molecular Metabolism, and Nutrition. Major areas of investigation include: 

  • The Metabolic Basis of Health and Disease: Metabolic function and dysfunction are at the core of human physiology and pathology, impacting a diverse array of chronic and infectious diseases. BPH laboratories are focused on metabolism research as a core element in understanding and therapeutically intervening in aging, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammation, obesity, and neurodegenerative diseases, among others. 
  • Immunology and Infectious Diseases: Defining the complex interplay of infectious agents and microbes with their hosts is central to preventing and treating many of the world’s most widespread and deadliest diseases. BPH laboratories are focused on infectious and immune-mediated diseases, including HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Chagas, Malaria, Pneumonia, Enteric Diseases, Inflammatory Bowel, and Autoimmune diseases.
  • Environmental Health: Environmental exposures are a major underlying risk factor for numerous chronic diseases. BPH laboratories are focused on how cells and tissues adapt and respond to air pollution particles, environmental toxins, infectious agents, and radiation. Research projects employ a range of modern techniques to mechanistically define the pathogenesis of asthma and other lung diseases and responses to radiation and environmental stresses impacting health risk and outcomes.

While the program roots cut across the entire range of biological sciences, the research also employs core quantitative disciplines (e.g., biostatistics and epidemiology), as well as approaches that bridge biology, chemistry, engineering, and computation. Students attracted to this program generally share this interdisciplinary interest and a desire to confront the most pressing health issues of our time.

 

Program and Application Details

All students admitted into this training program are provided full tuition, health insurance and stipend support. Our graduates hold distinguished positions in academia, industry, government, and other arenas of life science research, consulting, communications and policy. The application deadline for the 2021-22 Academic Year is December 1, 2020. 
 
Please note: The BPH program does not require or consider the GRE as part of its application process. In addition, applicants who are non-native English speakers and who received their undergraduate degree from an academic institution where English is not the primary language of instruction now have the option to submit scores for the International English Language Testing System – Academic test (IELTS) as proof of English proficiency.

 

Learn More about the Program

More information can be found on their website or through these upcoming recruitment events:

BPH Virtual Open Houses

Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) Open House


Presidential Management Fellowship, CDC

Opportunity Description 

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is a highly selective, prestigious two-year training and leadership development program that is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The PMF Program was established by Executive Order in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter, to attract outstanding citizen-scholars from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have an interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. It is the federal government’s premiere pipeline for moving advanced degree graduates into government leadership positions.

As part of the PMF program, fellows participate in a 4 to 6-month developmental assignment in another CDC program or at another external federal government agency. These developmental assignments and optional rotations are used to allow fellows the opportunity to gain a broader perspective of the federal government, while gaining management experience, and to learn about other program functions and areas.

During this 2-year paid fellowship, participants will receive:

  • Hands-on experience
  • Mentorship
  • Classroom training
  • Seminars and conferences
  • Developmental assignments
  • Optional rotations

 

Eligibility 

Eligibility is based on completion of advanced degree requirements by August 31st of the following year of the annual application.

– OR –

If you have completed an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university during the previous two years from the opening date of the PMF Program’s annual application announcement, you are eligible to apply.

 

Process Information 

The very first step in successfully becoming a PMF is paying attention to the details of the annual application and assessment process. For detailed eligibility requirements, check out the Eligibility webpage. Once the application period opens, it will appear on USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) by searching for “Presidential Management Fellows”. Review the Application Process to learn more about all the steps to apply.

 

Application Cycle 

  • The application period for the 2021 class of fellows is September 30- October 14, 2020
  • Announcement of the PMF Class of 2021 Finalists will occur approximately 6 weeks after the end of the application period 

 


Applied EPI Healthy Weight Promotion Training Program, University of Minnesota

Opportunity Description 

The Healthy Weight Promotion (HWP) Applied Epidemiology Training Program provides training for the next generation of researchers dedicated to ensuring positive weight-related health among young people and families from diverse communities. The program addresses a broad spectrum of eating, activity, and weight-related problems, including obesity, poor dietary intake, inadequate physical activity, body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating/eating disorders. Dr. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer is the Program Director of this NIH-funded program, which is supported by a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, Institutional Research Training Grant. Click here to see a flyer with more details about the program. 

Current Openings 

There are currently openings for one-year and multi-year fellowships at the pre- doctoral and post-doctoral levels. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all of the openings are filled. See below for details about the fellowship and application process.

Eligibility

Predoctoral candidates must be accepted to the University of Minnesota Social and Behavioral Epidemiology PhD program prior to starting the fellowship. Postdoctoral candidates must have earned a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, DrPH, ScD, MD). All candidates must be U.S. citizens or have permanent residency status. Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, or persons of color and individuals who are first generation college/university students are particularly encouraged to apply.

Preferred qualifications include an outstanding academic record (e.g., GPA, previous training, research productivity), strong alignment of career interests with the goals of the HWP Epidemiology Training Program, experience in working with diverse communities, positive recommendations from previous mentors and/or professional colleagues, evidence of commitment to and likely success in conducting research of relevance to the training program, ability to recognize important research problems and a demonstrated capacity to seek solutions, strong interpersonal skills, intellectual integrity and curiosity, and a passion for addressing health inequities.

How to Apply 

  • Interested individuals will need to submit a completed application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and a sample publication or other evidence of writing skills. Applicants should also request letters of recommendation from two references.
  • For more information on the training program and how to apply, click here to see the website with more information 
  • Questions about the application process may be sent by email to hwpT32 [at] umn [dot] edu  

 


Cancer Research UK Funded DPhil Studentships, University of Oxford

 

**Application Deadline is Friday August 21st**

 

Opportunity Description

Applications are invited for two Cancer Research UK funded DPhil Studentships to work within the Early Breast Cancer Trialists’ Collaborative Group (EBCTCG) Secretariat at the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Population Health. These posts provide an opportunity for those with a good degree in a mathematical/science subject or medicine to develop their research skills within one of the world’s leading medical research units. We would welcome applications from people with an interest in the design and analysis of clinical trials and the application of statistics to improving treatment of breast cancer and other diseases.

The two proposed topics are:

1) A comparison of individual patient data (IPD) over meta-analyses of published data: implications for clinical trial design and the utility of different endpoints for early breast cancer trials

  • Project Description: More reliable than the results of a single randomised trial is the synthesis of all available randomised evidence in a pooled meta-analysis. These can either use the results as published (published data meta-analysis) or collect individual patient data (IPD) from all trials in a collaborative meta-analysis, such as those undertaken by the EBCTCG. This project will look at the relative advantages of the two approaches, using the EBCTCG database of over 650,000 women in randomised trials of breast cancer treatment. Different approaches to combining data will be explored, as will the most relevant endpoints for these analyses, in particular the potential hazards of using composite endpoints, such as disease free survival, which combine a number of different and competing outcomes. To read more about scholarships in this project area and the desired qualifications, click here. 
  • Contact Information: For informal discussions regarding this project, please contact either Robert Hills (Robert [dot] Hills [at] ndph [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk) or Richard Gray (Richard [dot] Gray [at] ndph [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk )

2) Predictive and prognostic factors in early breast cancer and long-term side-effects of therapy

  • Project Description: Breast cancer has a long natural history with a substantial risk of recurrence continuing for at least 20 years after diagnosis. Chemotherapy and, in oestrogen-receptor-positive early breast cancer, long-term endocrine therapy substantially reduce breast cancer recurrence and mortality but can cause potentially life-threatening side-effects. Using the EBCTCG database of patients in randomised trials and other large-scale database, this project will investigate how patient and tumour characteristics impact on the risks and benefits of various therapies for early breast cancer. Because different databases, and different trials collect data differently, the project will explore the validity of possible methods of data analysis, so that information generated is relevant and applicable to women with breast cancer and their clinical teams. To read more about scholarships in this project area and the desired qualifications, click here
  • Contact Information: For informal discussions regarding this project, please contact either Robert Hills (Robert [dot] Hills [at] ndph [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk) or Hongchao Pan (Hongchao [dot] Pan [at] ndph [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

 

About EBCTCG

Since 1985, EBCTCG has conducted large-scale individual patient level meta-analyses of local and systemic treatments for early breast cancer. The findings, published in high profile journals, have been cited in over 25,000 other publications, and provide the evidence base for most international breast cancer treatment guidelines.

EBCTCG sits within the Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH) which brings together over 500 staff from world leading research groups, with around 100 students on taught Master’s and Doctoral programmes. NDPH conducts large-scale epidemiological studies and clinical trials in China, Mexico, India, Russia, in addition to the UK and other developed countries. These studies provide reliable evidence on the burden, determinants and best treatments of the major causes of premature death and disability. The research has a global span and impact, with collaborations from more than 50 countries, and students and researchers work on several of the world’s largest and most detailed observational epidemiological studies such as UK Biobank, China Kadoorie Biobank and the Million Women Study and collaborative meta-analyses.

The NDPH’s research programmes provide training in all aspects of population health research, from statistics and epidemiology to health economics, health services research, health policy and promotion, and ethics.

Our student-led Research Student Group arranges a wide range of activities outside the day-to-day research work our students undertake, from social events to seminars and journal clubs. Our students are also invited to a wide range of Departmental events and groups, including our Early Career Researchers Network.

We offer students generous allowances for expenses such as attendance at relevant conferences, training courses, and fieldwork.

 

Application Information

 


Public Health Fellowship, CDC

Role Description

A program reporting and communications opportunity is currently available with the Evaluation, Policy, Innovations and Curriculum team in the Workforce Institute and Development Branch (WIDB)/Division of Global Health Protection, within the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.

The participant will learn and receive training in CDC’s global health capacity building programs through conducting information gathering and analysis activities about country Field and Epidemiology Training Programs (FETP) that highlight the success of the fellows, residents and trainees work. FETP’s aim is to build capacity specifically for public health institutions and workforce, using a learn by doing approach, and are supported by US CDC to improve the detection, response and prevention of health threats within a country and internationally. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant can expect to receive training & skills by (1) contributing to the development of program communication products, including participating in team, branch and division-level planning meetings (2) updating and collating surveillance data, with follow up to ensure data accuracy and completeness.

Responsibilities

  • Serves on branch, team and workgroups for communication and program advocacy activities and collaborate with the monitoring and evaluation team with entry of frontline FETP evaluation of data
  • Contribute to the following activities:
    • Identification, collection and development of success stories for each of the partnerships
    • Revision and development of country FETP supported-by- partners fact sheets 
    • Data entry as requested by the Monitoring and Evaluation team Reporting on quality of the collected and providing feedback for refining data collection/entry tools, analyzes results, and provides oral and written reports
    • Updating of the “historic database” that feeds the FETP Info tool

Position details 

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 part-time (20 hours per week) 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.

Qualifications

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. 

How to Apply 

 


Public Health Informatics Fellowship, CDC

Role Description

The Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP) provides on-the-job training for professionals to apply expertise in information science, computer science, and information technology to address current and future informatics needs. While working in CDC programs to enhance our agency’s informatics workforce, fellows help state and local health departments and international public health agencies solve complex public health informatics challenges.

Public health informatics is the systematic application of knowledge about systems that capture, manage, analyze and use information to improve population health. The Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP) provides applied public health informatics training to fellows to apply computer science and information technology to public health problems.

PHIFP is a 2-year, competency-based training program in public health informatics. Fellows are placed in assignments in centers and offices across CDC where they gain experiential training to enhance the agency’s informatics workforce.

Responsibilities and Tasks

The following list includes routine tasks for PHIFP fellows:

  • Working with teams involved in research and development of public health information systems.
  • Conducting informatics evaluations on complex public health information systems.
  • Contributing to CDC’s emergency response activities.
  • Providing technical assistance to state and local health departments and international public health agencies through short-term assignments, or Info-Aids.

Learn More

  • Click here to learn more about this fellowship and details about the upcoming application cycle