CDC Postdoc in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Research

May 05, 2020

Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Reference Code: CDC-NCIPC-2020-0120

Application Deadline: 6/25/2020 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A research opportunity is currently available with the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP), Research Evaluation Branch (REB), within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved with research related to the primary prevention of child sexual abuse. CDC defines child sexual abuse as the involvement of a child (person less than 18 years of age) in sexual activity that violates the laws or social taboos of society and that he/she does not fully comprehend, does not consent to or is unable to give informed consent to, or is not developmentally prepared for and cannot give consent to (see:

The participant will collaborate with REB scientific staff to:

  • Participate in CDC-funded research studies evaluating interventions to prevent adult-perpetrated child sexual abuse
  • Conduct reviews of the published literature on child sexual abuse prevention
  • Conduct research to increase understanding of the risk and protective factors for child sexual abuse perpetration and victimization
  • Conduct environmental scans of existing organizational policies for child sexual abuse prevention across a number of national and local youth-serving organizations
  • Analyze and synthesize data from multiple sources on organizational policies for child sexual abuse prevention

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.


The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree and will reach completion by June 2020. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

  • Experience with child sexual abuse prevention research, child abuse and neglect prevention research, and/or public health policy research
  • Experience or knowledge regarding violence prevention or a related research area
  • Experience or knowledge of methods to conduct scientific literature reviews and environmental scans
  • Experience with data analysis and rigorous evaluation of prevention strategies and interventions
  • A track record of scientific productivity demonstrating strong skills in methodology and study design, and qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis
  • Strong written and oral communications skills exemplified by scientific publications and presentations
  • Ability to collaborate with other scientific and professional staff on behavioral research

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 6/30/2020 11:59:00 PM.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design ()
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences ()
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (32 )

To apply

Explore More Posts

What Do You Think?

Join the conversation to be the first to respond to CDC Postdoc in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Research

Click here to join the conversation
Explore More Posts