*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch (BCSB), in the Division of HIV Prevention (DHP) of the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Successful applicants will be required to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia for the fellowship.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

Research Project: The fellow will have the opportunity to learn from a high-priority, high-impact project focusing on HIV in the United States. With 23 participating health department jurisdictions throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, the Medical Monitoring Project (MMP) provides crucial data on clinical and behavioral characteristics from the only nationally representative sample of persons with HIV. MMP data are used to monitor issues affecting people with HIV, which range from describing racial disparities in viral load suppression to exploring the prevalence of depression and its effect on antiretroviral adherence. MMP collects data through personal interview and matched medical record abstraction. This fellowship will involve learning how to design and evaluate survey methods and to implement interview activities for MMP.

Learning Objectives: Upon completing the fellowship, the fellow will:

Acquire skills in creating interview guidance documents and protocols
Develop or update data collection instruments and methodologies
Engage in the assessment of interviews
Transcribe, encode, and examine qualitative data
Contribute to the dissemination and publication of findings
Master project management techniques
Collaborate with both external and internal stakeholders
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Jennifer Fagan  (chx5@cdc.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: August 19, 2024. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of Participation: The appointment is full time.

Participant Stipend: Stipend rates may vary based on numerous factors, including opportunity, location, education, and experience. If you are interviewed, you can inquire about the exact stipend rate at that time and if selected, your appointment offer will include the monthly stipend rate.

Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.CDC.NCHHSTP@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.
The qualified candidate should have received a master’s degree or doctoral (PhD, MD, etc.) in one of the relevant fields or be currently pursuing the degree and will reach completion by August 16, 2024. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred Skills:

Outstanding verbal and written communication abilities
Proficiency in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
Background in working with HIV-affected or other diverse groups
Skilled in conducting interviews
Adept at training adult learners
Fluency in both Spanish and English

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