Associate Director for Antibiotic Resistance

Please see below for a position announcement for Associate Director for Antibiotic Resistance in CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases. 

Division Leadership Position

Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infections

Associate Director for Antibiotic Resistance (GS 15/CC 06)

The Division is seeking a candidate to serve as Associate Director for Antibiotic Resistance to manage and lead the division efforts in the expanded program to address antibiotic resistance.  The 2013 CDC Antibiotic Resistance Threat report defined the scope of the public health threat, and the 2014 plan to Combat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB) outlined the necessary response.  Now the FY 2016 Budget provides an important increase in funding to make the CARB plan a reality.  This support will mean expanding and strengthening program activities in all 5 Branches of the Division, for the 5 pathogens named in the 2013 Antibiotic Threat report for which the Division has responsibility:  Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Salmonella Typhi and Candida.  It will also mean implementing sequence-based resistance testing and subtyping for Salmonella and other target organisms in state health departments, in order to detect and control outbreaks caused by resistant organism more rapidly.  We are creating a new full-time leadership position to coordinate and lead these activities across the Division, including coordinating the rapid expansion of DNA sequence-based surveillance for resistant organisms, providing strategic guidance to the growing research agenda for our pathogens and fostering the important external partnerships with federal and non-federal partners.

Highly qualified and interested Commissioned Corps Officers currently at the O-6 level, and Civil Service personnel in job series 601 (Health Scientist), 602 (Medical Officer), or 701 (Veterinary Medical Officer) at the GS-14 or GS-15 level are encouraged to apply. Follow the link(s) below to apply for this position:

The Division leads CDC activities in foodborne, waterborne and mycotic diseases, using surveillance to identify problems and track trends, outbreak investigations and other studies to identify risk factors and points of control, developing and supporting laboratory expertise for the pathogens for which we are responsible, improving methods for laboratory–based surveillance, and guiding control and prevention strategies.  We work closely with the networks of public health laboratories (e.g., PulseNet) and epidemiology offices to build capacity to identify, investigate and control health threats across the nation.

The major duties and responsibilities include:

  • Serve as senior advisor to Division Director and other Division and CDC senior leadership on antibiotic resistance program activities.
  • Oversee and guide the antibiotic resistance budget formulation and execution, including coordination with other ongoing programs.
  • Coordinate or conduct comprehensive research and review of the sources of resistance, the flow of resistant genes across foods, communities and institutions, and the effect of mitigation efforts.
  • Participate in collaborative efforts within CDC, other Federal agencies, private and non-private organizations in the U.S. and abroad to foster better understanding and adoption of antibiotic stewardship policies in all sectors where agents of importance to human medicine are used.
  • Provide leadership and expertise in the development and execution of research projects, ensuring scientific soundness and feasibility.