Posted: November 6, 2020

Applications due December 22, 2020

A research opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Office of Analytics and Outreach (OAO), Biostatistics Branch, with the Analytics Team located in College Park, Maryland.

To fulfill the Office of Analytics and Outreach's mission to "...make science useful and accessible so that the Center, Industry, and Consumers make informed decisions," the Analytics Team uses large-scale whole-genome sequence data to inform industry, scientists, regulators, policy-makers, and the general public about the presence of foodborne pathogens in the nation's food supply chain. The primary research focus of the participant will be on the analysis of the genome sequence database as a means to 1) better quantify the genomic diversity associated with foodborne pathogens and 2) generate scientific criteria for detecting and prioritizing illness outbreaks for follow-up investigations. The fellow will support microbiologists in the analysis of data from sequencing projects. The participant is also encouraged to develop an independent research project that furthers the groups mission.

This fellowship will serve as a unique opportunity for a fellow to learn about the application of whole-genome sequencing to food safety. In addition, the participant will learn valuable techniques for managing and analyzing large-scale genome sequence data. The participant will have the opportunity to learn about different methods and algorithms for evolutionary genomics.

CFSAN and the Biostatistics Branch is a vibrant community of specialists from a number of different disciplines (e.g., epidemiologists, chemists, microbiologists, biostatisticians, and bioinformaticians), providing ample opportunities for networking and growth. The participant will also have the opportunity to participate in national and international conferences.

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