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Clinical and Environmental Microbiology Surveillance Fellowship

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

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

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 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.

Research Project: The selected participant will join the Surveillance Team in CEMB to contribute to ongoing surveillance projects, including the microbiological and molecular characterization of healthcare associated pathogens. The participant's training opportunities will include antimicrobial susceptibility testing, identification of bacteria using MALDI-TOF, performing PCR, assistance with whole genome sequencing, and database management.

Learning Objectives: The participant will gain experience collaborating with other teams and branches within DHQP and in communicating findings with CDC colleagues and public health partners.

Mentor(s): The mentors for this opportunity are Alicia Shams (, Joseph Lutgring ( and Amy Gargis ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: October 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. 

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.

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.