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CDC Clinical and Environmental Microbiologist Fellowship

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is currently available in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) within the National Center for Zoonotic and Emerging Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Research Project: The Clinical and Environmental Microbiology Branch (CEMB) is the laboratory branch in DHQP. The mission of DHQP is to protect patients; protect healthcare personnel; and promote safety, quality, and value in both national and international healthcare delivery systems.
The Surveillance Team in CEMB is seeking applications for an ORISE Fellow. The surveillance team conducts laboratory surveillance of several pathogens that can lead to infection in a healthcare environment. These include Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus spp., Clostridioides difficile, and multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria including carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales, extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacterales, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia.

The fellow will train with the Surveillance Team in CEMB as a Microbiologist to assist with ongoing surveillance projects, including the microbiological and molecular characterization of healthcare associated pathogens. 

Learning Objectives: The fellow's training opportunities will include antimicrobial susceptibility testing, identification of bacteria using MALDI-TOF, performing PCR, assistance with whole genome sequencing, and database management. The fellow will gain experience working with other teams and branches within DHQP and in communicating findings with CDC colleagues and public health partners.
Mentor(s)The mentor(s) for this opportunity is Alicia Shams ( Please contact them if you have questions about the nature of this research.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: June 2022.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment LengthThe 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 ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.
Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. 
Citizenship RequirementsThis 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 InformationThis 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 and include the reference code for this opportunity.