*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is currently available with Tobacco and Volatiles Branch (TVB), the Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) within the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
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. The Clinical Chemistry Branch (CCB) conducts research to diagnose, assess treatment efficacy, and prevent chronic and infectious diseases.
Research Project: The fellowship is in TVB’s Volatile Organic Compounds Laboratory, where human exposure to environmental toxicants is quantified using advanced analytical methods in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities (http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/dls/). The fellow will be trained in a supportive team of scientists who participate in established regional and national exposure assessment studies. This training opportunity focuses on the analysis of volatile organic compound metabolites (VOCMs) in urine using liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS).
Learning Objectives: The fellow will learn how to measure urinary biomarkers of volatile organic compound exposure at low parts-per-billion levels by LC/MS combined with automated techniques, how to interpret and present laboratory findings using statistical approaches, scientific writing, how to maintain clinical laboratory improvement amendments (CLIA) compliance, fundamentals of LC-MS/MS method development (compound optimization, ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography), and fundamentals of troubleshooting LC-MS/MS analyses. Additional training opportunities such as programming automated liquid handling systems may be available based on participant interest.
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Deepak Bhandari (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: November 2021. 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. The annual stipend is typically $45,567 for a Bachelor’s degree and $55,738 for a Master’s degree. In addition, fellows are offered a standard Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance policy (with optional dental and vision) with a maximum stipend toward individual coverage of $507 per month ($546 with dental and vision). Relocation expenses are not covered.
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.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.CDC.NCEH@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.