Applications for the APHL-CDC Bioinformatics Fellowship summer 2023 cohort will open in fall 2022.
About the APHL-CDC Bioinformatics Fellowship Program
The APHL-CDC Bioinformatics Fellowship trains and prepares bioinformaticians and data science professionals to apply their expertise within public health and design tools to aid existing public health personnel in the use of bioinformatics. Fellows apply their skills to a range of important and emerging public health problems while gaining experience in areas including metagenomics, human genetics, algorithm/software development, microbial genomics, data science, and more.
Examples of previous projects and research include:
Developing and validating pathogen-specific bioinformatics infrastructure for rabies, mumps,
Legionella pneumophilia and foodborne pathogens
Identifying molecular markers in the influenza genome that can differentiate between swine and human lineages
Analyzing and organizing genomic data for cluster detection.
Developing data visualization dashboards using newborn screening data and metrics for hospitals and birthing centers
Validating and implementing a custom next-generation sequencing (NGS) 55-gene panel for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)
Developing a graphical user interface (GUI) to perform quality assurance, quality control, and evaluate cutoffs within the newborn screening laboratory.
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The program is a full-time working fellowship for bachelor’s-, master’s- and doctoral-level scientists. The program term is one year, with a possible extension. Fellows are placed in state, local and territorial public health laboratories as well as environmental, chemical, agricultural and food safety laboratories, and occasionally federal laboratories. Fellows receive training and collaborate on a wide range of current and emerging public health problems.
Once in their host laboratories, fellows are supervised by an experienced mentor and work on contemporary public health projects. Fellows collaborate with public health laboratorians, epidemiologists and other subject matter experts to synthesize and correlate data into actionable public health information as part of ongoing Advanced Molecular Detection and Newborn Screening projects. In addition to project-specific work, fellows participate in program orientation and distance-based training and learning activities to achieve proficiency in select public health laboratory core competencies.
Fellows receive a stipend, allowances for health insurance and professional development, and complimentary student membership to APHL. The 2022 stipend range is $41,000–68,000 depending on degree, experience and host laboratory location.
Fellow Eligibility and Requirements
The application includes a curriculum vitae or resume, narrative statement, unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to start date), proof of US citizenship or permanent resident status, and three letters of recommendation. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all materials are received by the application deadline.
APHL member state, local and territorial public health laboratories, environmental, chemical, agricultural and food safety laboratories, and occasionally federal laboratories, are eligible to host bioinformatics fellows. Laboratory staff interested in applying to host a fellow should review the
Host Laboratory Information webpage before submitting their application.
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