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Impact Fellow
Atlanta, GA
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Environmental Data Innovation Impact Fellow

Application closes May 24th, 2023 at 12pm ET.

Atlanta, GA – Full-Time – Remote


The FAS Talent Hub is seeking a fellow for a 1 year term (with potential opportunity to extend) to join the Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice (DEHSP) team within the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Fellow will help the Division address topics like climate change, asthma and lead poisoning; respond to environmental health emergencies; and build the data science and informatics capacity in environmental health programs in state, local, tribal, and territorial health agencies. Building this capacity is critical, as it empowers CDC as well as state and local health departments to swiftly collect and analyze complex data to disseminate information and generate evidence-driven public health actions. These processes help our agencies become more effective at improving the health of the populations we serve. 

Current federal employees are not eligible for this position.


The Fellow’s duties and responsibilities while they are appointed to CDC/DEHSP will include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Working with the Chief Data Scientist to implement the DEHSP Data Modernization Strategic Plan with a particular focus on data science upskilling efforts. This effort will involve undertaking projects related to machine learning and modern data science approaches that include signal analysis, natural language processing, web-scraping, computer vision, and process automation. 
  • Assessment of state, local, tribal, and territorial data science capacity and development / implementation of a plan to improve using an equity-focused approach. 
  • Improve CDCs response to environmental health emergencies by building the skills to use data science approaches. Recent examples of responses include the train derailment and fire in East Palestine, Ohio and a chemical plant fire in Ohio. Using more contemporary data science tools will enhance environmental health programs’ capacity in state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies; ultimately improving emergency management and public safety.
  • Work across multiple agencies to identify and undertake research on the effect of prescribed wildland fire on communities in comparison to wildfires. 
  • Working quickly and communicating effectively on a wide variety of topics and working cooperatively with individuals having diverse viewpoints. 


  • A minimum of five years post-degree experience is preferred for Fellows selected for the FAS Impact Fellowship Program and appointed at CDC
  • An applied understanding of uni-, bi-, and multivariable statistical approaches with at least a nascent understanding of (and desire to further develop) machine learning principles and practice. 
  • Strong speaking, writing, and presentation skills as well as exemplary follow-through and flexibility and the ability to work independently. 


Unfortunately, FAS is unable to consider current federal employees for the FAS Impact Fellowship.

  • Ph.D. or Sc.D. strongly preferred 


This fellowship will provide a salary for the entirety of the fellowship duration at an annual rate of $175,000 per year. The Impact Fellow will receive additional compensation $2,000 per month to account for health and living expenses. Additional information about the Fellowship can be found in our FAQ.


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis; the employer will not sponsor applicants for work visas.

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