What training would you need as an immunologist for the US CDC?

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Career Dev Staff Staff answered 4 years ago

Microbiologists with expertise in bacteriology, virology, immunology, molecular biology, and biochemistry conduct research on infectious diseases. They also work on interdisciplinary teams to research infectious diseases in child-care settings, foodborne and waterborne diseases, opportunistic infections in HIV-infected patients, and chronic infectious diseases. Microbiologists are involved in training and technical support to the nation’s clinical laboratories.

Qualifications

Applicants must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in microbiology; OR biology, chemistry, or basic medical science which includes at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and related subjects geared towards the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent; OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science which includes at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and related subjects geared towards the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

In addition to the requirements for the GS-5 above, applicants must have 1 full year of appropriate graduate level education in microbiology, or specific area of study such as bacteriology, virology, mycology, algology, protozoology, parasitology, immunology, serology, microbial genetics, or soil microbiology, or specific applied fields of microbiology, such as clinical and public health microbiology, food technology, production processes, industrial fermentation, pollution, etc. Graduate study in related fields, such as experimental pathology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, biochemistry, animal or plant physiology, genetics, plant pathology, and insect disease control, also may be pertinent, provided it has direct application to microbiological work. The value of such study is judged on the basis of whether it was in a major or minor field of study, its contribution to the applicant’s total background of experience and training, and its value in relation to the specific requirements of the position for which the applicant is being considered; OR superior academic achievement (grade point average equal to 3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale); OR 1 year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

 

In addition to the requirements for the GS-5 above, applicants must have 2 full years of appropriate graduate level education; OR an appropriate master’s or equivalent graduate degree with study as specified at the GS-7 above; OR 1 year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

GS-403-11
GS-403-12; thru GS-403-15

 

Public Health Advisors/Analysts perform a wide range of functions. They conduct disease intervention activities, manage and evaluate programs, and provide technical assistance to State, local and foreign governments, and other organizations. Program areas that employ public health advisors include chronic diseases, environmental health, immunization, infectious diseases, injury prevention and control, international health and refugee programs, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis prevention.

GS-685-5
GS-685-7
GS-685-9
GS-685-11
GS-685-12 thru GS-685-15
Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience which provided the following knowledge, skills, and abilities: knowledge of organizational, operational, and programmatic concepts and practices applied by public, private, or nonprofit agencies and organizations engaged in public health or other health-related activities; knowledge of the methods, processes, and techniques used to develop and deliver public health or health-related programs in State and local settings; knowledge of a specialized public health program; knowledge of, and skill in, the application of administrative or analytical methods and techniques necessary for working within the framework of a public health or related organization and carrying out specific program functions; skill in oral and written communications, gathering and conveying information, making oral presentations, and preparing reports, correspondence, and other written materials.