NNPHI: Toxicology Fellow


The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is an active network comprised of over 40 member public health institutes in 32 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, spanning all ten Department of Health and Human Services regions. Public health institutes are nonprofit organizations that improve the public’s health by fostering innovation, leveraging resources, and building partnerships across sectors, including government agencies, communities, the health care delivery system, media, and academia. NNPHI and its member institutes work together to implement public health policy and program initiatives throughout all 50 states. NNPHI also serves as the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT) and supports nationwide collaboration to build a sustainable and coordinated Public Health Learning Network (PHLN) that consists of ten university-based Public Health Training Centers and local training and education sites. NNPHI offices are located in New Orleans and Washington, DC.  Additional staff, consultants, members, and partners support NNPHI’s mission from locations throughout the United States, including Atlanta, GA. For more information on NNPHI visit www.nnphi.org.

Position Summary:

NNPHI, in collaboration with National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is seeking a Toxicology Fellow (the “Fellow”) to work with the CDC’s State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS). The Fellow will monitor emerging substances, assist in conducting or analyzing a forensic toxicology needs assessment, assist in the development of toxicological coding guidance, refine the way toxicology data are captured in SUDORS, help disseminate data to inform prevention activities, and build capacity to interpret post-mortem toxicology testing results for fatal opioid overdoses.  The 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 Mortality Team.  The Fellow will have the opportunity to:

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

This Toxicology 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 based at CDC’s Chamblee campus in Atlanta, GA, placed with the CDC NCIPC’s Overdose Mortality Team.  This position requires approximately 5% travel to conferences, meetings, etc.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • monitor emerging substances
  • assist in the development of toxicological coding guidance
  • refine the way toxicology data are captured in SUDORS, developing standard operating procedures as necessary
  • utilize statistical analysis software (e.g., SAS) for ad hoc and routine queries related to toxicology surveillance data
  • disseminate data to inform prevention activities
  • build capacity to interpret post-mortem toxicology testing results for fatal opioid overdoses (through episodic technical assistance, helpdesk email, and training of CDC staff)
  • coordinate needs assessment report
  • other general support as required


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s or Doctoral Degree in toxicology, pharmacology, pharmacy, forensic science, or public health (preferred)  
  • 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 and statistical analysis software (SAS, R, etc)
  • 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


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

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

Please send CV, cover letter, salary requirement and one educational and one professional reference to: hr@nnphi.org Subject line: Attn: Toxicology Fellow.

CV should include academic history, employment history, relevant experience and a list of relevant publications and presentations.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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