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Associate Director for Science in the
Office of Analysis and Epidemiology


Position and organization

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Office of Analysis and Epidemiology (OAE) is seeking an Associate Director for Science to serve as senior advisor on crosscutting research and dissemination activities. NCHS is the nation’s principal health statistics agency and its mission is to collect and compile accurate, relevant, and timely statistical information to guide actions and policies that improve the health of the American people.

OAE conducts research and dissemination activities and provides in-house research capacity to assist NCHS in improving its surveys and making data and research findings accessible to a broad audience. OAE also provides statistical and methodological expertise to national and international endeavors, and supports and collaborates with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other executive branch agencies, intergovernmental agencies, the research community, and others on data development and analysis.

OAE’s major programmatic activities include developing the Congressionally-mandated Health, United States, the HHS Secretary’s annual report; providing expertise to HHS and CDC in support of Healthy People 2020 (as well as for other national health indicator initiatives); and developing the NCHS Data Linkage Program that enables researchers to use NCHS survey data, linked with administrative and other data, to examine factors that influence disability, chronic disease, health care utilization, morbidity, and mortality. OAE researchers also conduct in-house research, which is distinguished by its focus on analyzing multiple data systems to address topics of national public health interest. OAE research encompasses development of population health measures including health disparities; data integration, including linkage of surveys and administrative data (e.g., Medicaid and the National Death Index); development of tools to facilitate access to, and dissemination of, statistical data; examination of methodological questions, such as survey reliability and validity; and examination of health, health policy, and health care delivery issues. For more information, visit the NCHS website.


Fellowship overview

The Associate Director for Science will serve as principal science advisor to the OAE Director and senior management on statistical and methodological research matters to accomplish the mission of OAE. Responsibilities include technical and professional advisement on the development and conduct of research projects, as well as review of reports, scientific papers, and other products to ensure they are technically rigorous and reflect current methods. The Associate Director for Science will participate in policy development and planning on behalf of OAE and in consultation with the NCHS Associate Director for Science. The incumbent also will lead analytic research projects; collaborate with other NCHS staff on statistical and methodological research to improve NCHS data systems and programs; and represent OAE to the broader governmental, scientific, and research communities.



This fellowship is open to all citizens of the United States or legal permanent residents with a work authorization. Applicants are responsible for obtaining the necessary work authorization. Applicants must have successfully completed a doctoral degree in health services research, statistics, survey methods, epidemiology, pharmacy, economics, or a related social science or health field. Strong analytical, writing, and interpersonal skills are required. Direct experience in design and/or analysis of complex surveys, especially NCHS surveys, is highly desirable. Experience using SAS, STATA, SUDAAN, or other statistical software for complex survey data is expected.


Terms of appointment

As a Senior Service Fellow, the Associate Director of Science will be offered an initial 2-year, full-time appointment, which may be extended by mutual agreement. A salary range of $106,263–$157,100 will be offered based on education and experience. Federal benefits such as annual and sick leave, Thrift Savings 401(k)-equivalent, health and life insurance, and a flexible work schedule apply. The Fellow will have the option of free onsite parking or a public-transportation subsidy. The local subway station is within walking distance; a free shuttle service is also available to and from the station.


Application process

Applications will be accepted through July 31, 2014. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, their curriculum vitae, official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate credits in sealed and signed envelopes, and two reference letters (on official letterhead with original signature) to Dr. Julia Holmes, at the mailing address below. Inquiries or questions regarding this Fellowship can be directed to Dr. Holmes via e-mail at or via telephone at 301–458–4698.


Mailing address

Julia S. Holmes, Ph.D.
Branch Chief, Analytic Studies Branch
Office of Analysis and Epidemiology
National Center for Health Statistics
3311 Toledo Road, Room 6126
Hyattsville MD 20782


**CDC/NCHS is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation. **


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