Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)


POSTION: This ORISE fellowship will be located in the Health Informatics Branch in the Division of Field Studies and Engineering (DFSE) within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati, Ohio.

BACKGROUND – The Health Informatics Branch is a multidisciplinary team of approximately 50 scientists, IT, and administrative specialists, and contractors. Our mission is to monitor risk factors and health outcomes of work-related illnesses, injuries and hazards within the U.S. workforce. The intent is to provide both early detection of emerging problems and continuous assessment of the magnitude and trends of job-related illnesses and hazards. Surveillance findings are used to guide prevention and intervention efforts. They are often used to establish new CDC and NIOSH public health policies, and to strengthen occupational health regulations.


DUTIES – The Occupational Health and Safety Research Fellow will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Support internal and external partners in analyzing surveillance data related to the opioid crisis. This may include coding free text industry and occupation narratives.
  • Assist with finding new or modifying existing surveillance methods or sources for identifying workers, potential work-related risk factors, and workplace intervention points associated with the opioid crisis.
  • Analyzing death certificate data from the National Occupational Mortality Surveillance (NOMS) System to understand trends over time, occupations or industries with high outcome burdens, and characteristics of the decedents. NOMS is a population-based surveillance system and a collaborative effort between state vital statistics offices and CDC’s NIOSH and National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
  • Assist with creating public health messaging or educational materials.
  • Assist with preparing manuscripts for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.


SKILLS AND ABILITIES –The following background is preferred:


  • Experience in epidemiologic methods and statistics
  • Experience with statistical software (SAS or R)
  • Experience with Microsoft office tools – Excel, Access,
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


A master’s level degree in Occupational Safety and Health, Public Health, or a closely related field is preferred.


This is a one-year fellowship. Anticipated start date is flexible, July to October 2019. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. ORISE is an equal opportunity employer. Contact cwcs@cdc.gov for more information.

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