NNPHI: Toxicology Data Fellow

Executive Summary

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is guided by a mission to support national public health system initiatives and strengthen public health institutes to promote multi-sector activities resulting in measurable improvements of public health structures, systems, and outcomes. NNPHI works to unite public health institutes, training centers, community organizations, government agencies, health care systems, and businesses in advancing public health practice and improving population health. Mobilizing more than 40-member public health institutes with over $1.4 billion in annual funding – as well as 10 university-based regional training centers and 40 affiliates – NNPHI connects more than 8,000 subject-matter experts with organizational partners across the nation. NNPHI and its member institutes work together to implement public health policy and program initiatives throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  NNPHI also serves as the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training – NCCPHT.

In collaboration with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NNPHI is seeking a Toxicology Data Fellow (the “Fellow”) to work with the CDC’s Overdose Morbidity Team. The team is using multiple data sources to detect new and emerging drugs that may increase overdose risk and complement the Drug Overdose Surveillance and Epidemiology System (or “DOSE”).

The Opportunity

The Toxicology Fellow will monitor emerging substances, assist in building case definitions for data coming from toxicology or laboratory data systems, and aid in the analysis and dissemination of these data to inform prevention activities and build capacity to collect timely and comprehensive data regarding nonfatal overdoses. The Fellow will have the opportunity to:

  • Work closely with experts in toxicology and public health
  • Join a team conducting surveillance related to overdose morbidity
  • Contribute to the development and writing of  reports, protocols, and manuals
  • Learn how to provide technical assistance to states

This Toxicology Data Fellowship is administered by NNPHI through its Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (OT18-1802, Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health).  NNPHI is a mission-driven network organization with a growing portfolio of over 50 active programs and projects.  NNPHI is funded through a range of cooperative agreements, grants, and contracts.  This Toxicology fellowship is funded for one year with the possibility of extension for one or more additional years.  The Fellow will be a full-time employee of NNPHI.  Initially the Fellow will work remotely then will transition to CDC’s Chamblee campus in Atlanta, GA, placed within the CDC NCIPC’s Overdose Morbidity Team.  This position requires approximately 5% travel to conferences, meetings, etc. (note: travel is currently limited due to Covid-19).

Primary Responsibilities of the Toxicology Data Fellow include:

  • monitor emerging substances
  • assist in building case definitions
  • analyze data
  • disseminate data to inform prevention activities
  • establish and maintain partnerships
  • refine the way toxicology data are captured in DOSE, developing standard operating procedures as necessary
  • utilize statistical analysis software (e.g., SAS, R) for ad hoc and routine queries related to toxicology surveillance data
  • other general support as required

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

The Toxicology Data Fellow must have an advanced degree in public health, toxicology, or forensic science and must have laboratory experience, advanced data analysis skills, or experience in computer science.  Under the guidance of NNPHI, the Fellow will work with a CDC mentor and other CDC colleagues from the NCIPC’s Overdose Morbidity Team. While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Knowledge of public health/epidemiological concepts
  • Knowledge of toxicology, pharmacology, pharmacy or forensic science
  • At least 2 years of relevant professional experience
  • Experience with MS Office applications, statistical analysis software (SAS, R), and business intelligence tools (PowerBI, Tableau).
  • Experience with database applications
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills, especially with time-sensitive work
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively on a team and with diverse partners
  • Ability to compose reports, presentations, and written communication in an organized, logical, and concise manner
  • Readiness to interact with a variety of people and assume diverse duties and tasks
  • Customer-service oriented
  • Proactive with the ability to work with minimal supervision and follow through on assignments

To Apply

This position will be based in Atlanta, GA at CDC’s Chamblee Campus.

Applications including a cover letter, resume, salary requirement and one educational and one professional reference should be sent to: hr@nnphi.org. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please title the subject line: Attn: Toxicology Data Fellow.

Salary range of $65,000-$72,000, commensurate with education and experience. NNPHI offers a highly competitive and benefits package, including medical/dental/vision/FSA/parking/transportation, generous retirement contributions and annual leave.

NNPHI is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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