Position Description: A fellowship opportunity is available with the Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) within the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA.
This fellowship offers the opportunity to work on a high-priority, high-impact issue in domestic HIV surveillance. With 20 participating metropolitan project areas throughout the United States, the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) system collects and reports data on three populations at increased risk for HIV infection: men who have sex with men, persons who inject drugs, and heterosexuals at increased risk in the United States. NHBS data are used to monitor issues affecting these populations, which include describing racial disparities, reporting HIV prevalence and awareness, exploring the prevalence of HIV- related risk behaviors, such as drug use and sex, and examining access to HIV testing, care and prevention. NHBS collects data through personal interviews and HIV testing and is the only national source of data on HIV- negative populations and HIV- positive individuals unaware of or not in care for their infection.
This fellowship will focus on conducting data analysis, project management of data processes, and assisting with dissemination of NHBS data. Specific opportunities during the fellowship may include: • Assisting in the analysis of data collected using respondent driven sampling (RDS) and venue- based sampling (VBS) methods • Assisting in the development of data documentation, reports, analysis, and questionnaire data quality for NHBS, which incorporates the use of RDS and VBS methods • Writing SAS programs to conduct data analyses and manage data • Aiding in the development of analysis guides, data documentation, and data management procedures for a national surveillance program • Researching technical issues that arise from data collection and management processes • Tracking data management and analysis processes and updating related guidance documents • Participating in data analysis and dissemination using surveillance data including co-authoring a surveillance report and a peer-reviewed journal article • Conducting end-user testing on Questionnaire Development System (QDS) coded questionnaire • Travel to state and local health department jurisdictions to support CDC in providing technical assistance. 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 is for 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 full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.
<strong>Qualifications:</strong> A Master’s degree or higher in public health, behavioral science, statistics or related field earned within the past five years is required A doctoral level degree earned within the past five years is preferred. Experience using statistical software is required (SAS preferred). Knowledge of HIV prevention is preferred. Strong oral and excellent writing skills are required.
Contact Name: Melissa Cribbin, Behavioral Surveillance Analyst Fellowship (CDC/ORISE)
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Apply: Email resume/CV to email@example.com. Please include the reference code CDC- NCHHSTP-2015-072 in your email.