CDC NIOSH Total Worker Health Research Opportunity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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How to Apply

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A complete application consists of:

  • An application (
  • Transcripts – click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts (
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • One educational or professional reference. Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed until a recommendation is submitted.

All documents, including transcripts, must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Application Deadline
5/3/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and LocationA research opportunity is currently available with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

Research Project: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH’s) Total Worker Health® (TWH) Program works to advance the safety, health, and well-being of workers by increasing the number of work environments that adopt evidence based TWH approaches. This is accomplished through both intramural and extramural research programs that effectively advance etiologic, surveillance, and intervention research. As a result, this builds the evidence base for an integrated, holistic approach to worker well-being. The TWH Program contributes to NIOSH’s mission to develop new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health by promoting and fostering research to increase understanding of health conditions that may not arise from work but that can be adversely affected by work.

Selected participant will be introduced to NIOSH TWH research projects at different stages of the knowledge generation continuum, including project conception, partnership development, manuscript writing and review. 

Learning Objectives: Selected participant will engage in the following learning activities: 

  1. Participant will be mentored by the NIOSH Total Worker Health Program Coordinator for Research Development and Collaboration and attend multiple research project and program partnership meetings related to the Action Plan for the NIOSH Total Worker Health Program Strategic Plan 2022-2030.
  2. Participant will interact with the NIOSH Total Worker Health Program Coordinator for Research Development and Collaboration and other staff and assist in the review, preparation, and organization of research project files including manuscripts, literature reviews, data collection and analysis, and assuring project timelines are on course for completion. 
  3. After learning about the NIOSH Total Worker Health Program, and in consultation with the mentor and other staff, the participant can propose a related project of interest to them.

Mentor(s)The mentor(s) for this opportunity is Melissa Edmondson ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Spring/Summer 2023.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for August 30, 2023, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.

ORISE InformationThis program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.


The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within the past five years.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree.
  • Academic Level(s): Graduate Students, Post-Associate's, Post-Bachelor's, Postdoctoral, Post-Master's, or Undergraduate Students.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (12 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (48 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (13 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (2 )
  • Veteran Status: Veterans Preference, degree received within the last 120 month(s).

I certify that I have not previously been employed by CDC or by a contractor working directly for CDC.  I understand that CDC does not permit individuals with a prior employment relationship with CDC or its contractors to participate as trainees in the ORISE program. (Exceptions may be granted for individuals who, since the previous CDC employment, have obtained a new STEM degree which necessitates training in a new field.)


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