I’m writing to make you and others in the rheumatology and public health communities aware of an exciting job opportunity at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for persons interested in applied epidemiology and arthritis. Please share this with any suitable applicants (and listed colleagues as well, as I am using some addresses that may be out of date) .
The CDC Arthritis Program has an epidemiologist GS-601-13 job opening on USAJOBs http://www.usajobs.gov/
. This is both an internal announcement for federal employees and an external announcement for non-federal applicants. You can find the position by entering the announcement number in the search field on usajobs.
The announcements opened today Tuesday, July 6, 2010 and will close on Monday, July 19, 2010.
• Epidemiologist, GS-601-13, Announcement # HHS-CDC-T2-2010-0448 (internal)
• Epidemiologist, GS-601-13, Announcement #HHS-CDC-D2-2010-0267 (external)
This epidemiologist can expect to:
1. work on analyses and publications related to the Healthy People arthritis objectives and
2. provide epidemiologic support for Arthritis Program intervention efforts designed to help achieve these objectives.
In addition, the epidemiologist will contribute to broader epidemiological analyses designed to establish the true burden of arthritis and assess potential protective and risk factors.
Why consider working in arthritis?
The U.S. population is aging, and issues of prevention and public health of older adults will increase in importance over the next few decades. Primary among the relevant chronic disease issues is arthritis, already the nation's leading cause of disability and projected to grow in impact. Arthritis can exacerbate other chronic conditions and frustrate national goals for people to increase their physical activity and achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
A tremendous amount of epidemiological work needs to be done over the next decade to address the large and growing problem of arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. By working with us in CDC's Arthritis Program you can help us address some of these problems. Choosing a career in this field has been hampered previously by the lack of financial support for training and for a career. The projected impact of arthritis is beginning to change that, as the creation in 1999 of the CDC's Arthritis Program demonstrates. We are growing the field of arthritis epidemiology by providing staff epidemiologist positions like this one.
Why should you or your colleagues consider working at CDC?
1. You have access to all of CDC's vast and unique resources. Experienced supervision by experts. Office space, administrative support, and a computer with unlimited mainframe accessibility. Electronic access to published articles. Statistical and programming support. National (and sometimes world) experts in almost every specific and cross-cutting field of public health, including infectious, chronic, and environmental diseases. Weekly Epidemiology Grand Rounds and a busy schedule of speakers. Actively managed training programs.
2. You can learn to use large data sets. We use all the national surveys of the National Center for Health Statistics, the state-based Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Surveys, and other large surveys and data sets. These skills are highly desired in governmental and academic institutions.
3. You can apply your analytic skills to real life problems where you will make a difference. All CDC work is aimed at affecting health and policy. Those of you with clinical experience can combine that with a population perspective, just as former EIS trainee Allen Steere did in recognizing Lyme Disease in the 1970s.
4. You will acquire marketable skills. You can expect to present at national meetings and publish in peer-reviewed journals and CDC's own Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The experience you acquire in analysis, managing projects, considering policy implications, working with experts, thinking with a population perspective, and making connections with leaders in the field will help your career regardless of whether you continue on at CDC, work in state/provincial/local health departments, or go on to academia.
CDC is the place to be to experience the front lines of public health and applied epidemiology.
We have plenty of challenging and interesting issue to address. If you have questions, feel free to contact me.
Chad Helmick, MD
Medical Epidemiologist, Arthritis Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention