*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is available in the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) with the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), STD Laboratory Reference and Research Branch (SLRRB) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Research Project: SLRRB is offering a fellowship opportunity to contribute to the development of automatically generated output that is understandable by field epidemiologists as well as to participate in developing algorithms to identify AMR markers from the genomic sequences of STD pathogens for which no systematic genomic surveillance is currently done.
The selected participant will be involved in an SLRRB project involved in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) marker detection in several STD-causing pathogens. The Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Mycoplasma genitialium (GC/CT/Mgen) Team is developing, in close collaboration with DSTDP epidemiologists, the capacity for auto-generated reports to our public health partners as well as AMR marker detection methods for STD pathogens. In particular, we are interested in algorithms for detecting AMR determinants from Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Mycoplasma genitalium, and Treponema pallidum in collaboration with the Syphilis and Emerging STIs Team in SLRRB.
Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of a mentor, the fellow will receive training in the following areas:
- Evaluating and adapting existing bioinformatics pipelines on CDC computing systems
- Writing of new pipeline components
- Building automations to facilitate analysis of sequence data
- Documentation for code and pipelines
- Regular collaboration with SLRRB and DSTDP partners to evaluate potential solutions to the analytical challenge
- Adaptation of selected methods to meet the analysis need, including writing new code as required
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Matthew Schmerer (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: September 1, 2022. 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: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.
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 bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees with completion before September 1, 2022. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.
- Knowledge of NGS technology and concrete skills in bioinformatics analysis for Illumina NGS data
- Knowledge of prokaryotic genomics and phylogenetics
- Interest in antibiotic resistance mechanisms
- Proficiency in at least one high level scripting and programming language (e.g. Python, R, bash)
- Knowledge of a Linux environment, running a cluster using SGE and BASH shell scripting
- Strong oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
- Use of version control systems and code repositories (e.g. GitHub)