JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
CDC NATIONAL WASTEWATER SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM (NWSS)
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is participating in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) cooperative agreement to implement enhanced surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater to augment other COVID-19 surveillance data to inform epidemiologic and public health needs. Wastewater, or sewage, can be tested for RNA from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Pathogen monitoring in wastewater has been used in the surveillance of other infectious diseases, such as polio.
The CDC is creating a National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS) that will accept data on wastewater surveillance from participating states. The states will receive data from utilities and analytical laboratories and upload the data into the NWSS portal. VDH will work with CDC to evaluate the data, look for ways to use the data to expand our understanding of COVID-19, create data dashboards, and otherwise use the data to combat COVID-19.
VDH is hiring THREE contract positions to be dedicated to this program. See attached descriptions. The CDC contract runs out JULY 21, 2021.
These positions will be working on the cutting edge of research in wastewater surveillance including contributing to the construction of the NWSS system. We are looking for self-motivated, independent people who are looking to make a difference.
Attached are the position descriptions. Please share freely. We hope to fill these positions ASAP.