Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Global HIV and TB

Mission

The mission of this fellowship program is to recruit, mentor, and train scientist-practitioners to conduct global HIV and TB research and to develop the translational and applied skills necessary to implement and support high-quality HIV and TB public health programs in global settings. The goal of this fellowship is to attract and support recent recipients of doctoral degrees to understand the underpinnings of interventional epidemiology and to prepare them for a career operating at the intersection of science and practice in global public health. The selected candidates will be in the Division of Global HIV & TB (DGHT) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), headquartered in Atlanta, GA. The DGHT Office of the Director (DGHT OD) is the lead for the program. Fellows will also be paired with DGHT’s programmatic or data branches on various projects throughout their fellowship.

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Global HIV and TB Response

HIV and tuberculosis (TB) are the world’s two most deadly infectious diseases. Additionally, these two epidemics are tragically interconnected, as TB is the leading cause of death for those living with HIV.

CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Reliefexternal icon, is tackling these two epidemics to produce the greatest impact. Our experts are working on the front lines in more than 45 countries and regions around the globe, focused on a single mission: to fight these diseases and, ultimately, bring an end to the dual epidemics of HIV and TB worldwide.

Fellowship Description

The selected participant(s) will receive training from DGHT mentors in developing and implementing research and programmatic projects that inform the development of effective strategies and interventions to reduce disparities in HIV and TB globally. Mentors and participants will collaborate to develop a list of diverse research activities that they will complete together over the two-year (subject to funding) training period. These activities will be based on the participant’s area(s) of interest, training, and expertise and the mission of the program. Possible areas of focus are listed below:

  • Epidemiology, surveys, and surveillance
  • HIV prevention, including access to and models of HIV testing, targeted services for key and vulnerable populations, and biomedical and primary prevention interventions
  • Maternal and child HIV-related services, including models of care for orphans and vulnerable children, pregnant and breastfeeding women and children and adolescents living with HIV
  • Community engagement, including activities to reduce stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV and key and vulnerable populations
  • Reducing HIV incidence and mortality through improved HIV treatment, retention, and adoption of differentiated models of HIV service delivery
  • Finding, curing, and preventing TB and accelerating progress towards global TB targets
  • Data for action, including monitoring and evaluation, health information systems, digital health, and modeling
  • Economics and health services research, including economic and expenditure analysis, HIV financing, and human resources for health

 

The fellowship seeks doctoral-level researchers (e.g., behavioral scientists, epidemiologists, social scientists, evaluators, educators, economists, anthropologists, or medical doctors with research training and/or experience). Applicants must have completed their doctorates within the past five (5) years.

Two (2) successful applicants will be matched within one of the Offices or Branches listed below. Specifics on the training positions will be determined by the mentor and the fellow.

  • Global TB Branch
  • HIV Care and Treatment Branch
  • HIV Prevention Branch
  • Maternal and Child Health Branch
  • Economics and Health Services Research Branch
  • Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch
  • Health Informatics, Data Management, and Statistics Branch
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Data Analysis Branch

Applicants

Applicants must have completed all requirements for and been awarded a doctorate within five (5) years preceding the appointment start date. Stipends will vary based on educational credentials and related experience. Following are general guidelines for stipend ranges.

Educational Credentials Related Experience Stipend
M.D. or Ph.D. or equivalent No Maximum stipend is equal to GS-11, Step 1 ($68,112)
M.D. or Ph.D. or equivalent At least 2 years of related post-graduate work Stipend is equal to GS-12, Step 1 ($81,638).
More salary steps at this degree level may be added for additional related post-graduate work experience up to a maximum equal to GS 12 step 4 ($89,803).
Note: All salaries quoted here are based on 2021 federal salary tables.

Qualifications: DGHT is looking for energetic, enthusiastic, and motivated applicants to join our team. The selected candidates will have the opportunity to work at CDC, one of the world’s most prestigious public health agencies, in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. Public Health is a multi-disciplinary field. Applicants from various academic backgrounds who are interested in making a difference are encouraged to apply.

The qualified candidate must have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields listed below. Degree must have been received within the five years preceding the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

  • Evidence of research expertise involving domestic or global health equity related to HIV or TB.
  • Documented training and skills in quantitative data analysis. Supplemental skills with qualitative analysis are welcomed.
  • Evidence of research expertise or programmatic experience involving disproportionately affected populations globally.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 month(s) from the appointment start date.

Discipline(s):

  • Life Sciences, Health Sciences, or Medical Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics

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 can be up to 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, DOE, or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

Required Fellowship Activities

Mentors and fellows will collaborate to develop a list of diverse research activities that they will complete together over the two-year training period. These activities will be based on the fellows’ area(s) of interest, training, and expertise. The activities listed below represent the minimum mentoring and training opportunities for all fellows.

The activities listed below represent the minimum mentoring and training opportunities for all fellows.

  • Conduct or participate in one site visit related to a health-equity related research project or programmatic activity subject to the availability of funding and travel restrictions due to the SAR-CoV-2 pandemic.
  • Design, conduct, and interpret an analysis on public health data.
  • Write and submit a scientific manuscript for a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Present an oral presentation or poster at one scientific meeting.
  • Attend monthly scientific meetings on emerging health equity issues or program implementation in a global setting.
  • Participate in at least one research project or programmatic activity (as a training opportunity) selected by the mentor and participant.

Office Support

Office Support will include office space, computer, appropriate software, phone, mail, clerical services, and other equipment as required and approved. Funds for travel will be available as appropriate.

Application and Deadline

The deadline to apply to this fellowship is June 30, 2021. The fellowship is scheduled to begin Fall 2021, subject to availability of funds.

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For more information contact:

Hank Tomlinson, PhD
Director, Division of Global HIV and TB

This web page was prepared by the Division of Global HIV and TB, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) through an interagency agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ORISE is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities under DOE contract number DE-AC05-06OR23100.

Other:

The Division of Global HIV and TB at CDC strongly encourages applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds.  The Division is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and believes that our scientific and programmatic activities are strengthened when these principles are applied. Further, the Division is committed to the principles espoused by Executive Order 13985, signed on January 20, 2021 by President Biden, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government.

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