Service Fellowship in Survey Statistics
Position and organization
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is seeking a Service Fellow to serve as an adviser on analytical and methodological issues and statistics from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). NCHS is the principal health statistics agency in the United States. As 1 of the 10 centers and institutes that constitutes CDC, NCHS' mission is to compile accurate, relevant, and timely statistical information to guide actions and policies that improve the health of the American people. NCHS conducts NHANES, a nationally representative survey of the U.S. population.
The objective of NHANES is to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The NHANES program began in the early 1960s and became continuous in 1999. NHANES collects household interview, physical examination, and laboratory data on a number of health measures, including cardiovascular health, diabetes, respiratory health, nutritional status, environmental health, and oral health. For more information, visit the NHANES website at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm.
As a member of the Office of the Director in the Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, the Fellow will work closely with the NHANES Senior Statistician, Science Advisor, Associate Director for Science, and the chiefs of the Planning Branch and Analysis Branch. The Fellow will advise on analytical and methodological issues and on health and nutrition examination statistics that provide data and information critical to formulating national policies and program initiatives. The Fellow will participate in the survey design and weighting activities; a methodological program to evaluate and improve existing data collection methods, quality, and reliability; and statistical computation procedures for analysis of NHANES data.
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 master’s or doctoral degree in statistics or a related field (e.g., mathematics or science). Experience and coursework in statistics is essential, as is experience with survey sample design and weighting procedures and statistical disclosure limitation, and experience collaborating on statistical applications, handling missing data, and conducting independent analysis and reporting of data from complex surveys. Experience using SAS, STATA, SUDAAN, R, or other statistical software for complex data is required. Strong speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills also are expected.
Terms of appointment
The Fellow will be offered an initial 24-month appointment, with potential for an extension up to 5 years. A starting date will be determined by mutual agreement. An initial salary of $75,621–$116,901 will be offered based on education and experience. Salary increases will be commensurate with performance. Federal benefits such as annual and sick leave, Thrift Savings 401(k)-equivalent, health and life insurance, and a flexible work schedule apply. Free onsite parking is available or a public-transportation subsidy can be obtained for using the area subway station, which is within walking distance.
Applications will be accepted through March 10, 2014. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, their curriculum vitae, official transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate schools, and two recommendation letters (on letterhead with original signatures) to Dr. Kathryn Porter at the mailing address below. Inquiries or questions regarding this fellowship can be directed to Dr. Porter at KPorter@cdc.gov. For more information about the Fellowship Program, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/employ.htm.
Kathryn Porter, M.D., M.S.
Director, Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys
National Center for Health Statistics
3311 Toledo Road, Room 4206
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.**