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Associate Service Fellow (Epidemiologist)

Atlanta, GA

Apply by April 27, 2018

Senior Service Fellow Health Scientist Basic Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Sub-Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Center Name: National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, Division of STDP Prevention
Salary Range: $75,705 – $98,420 annually (RG-0601, GS-12 equivalent)
Work Schedule: Full-time
Appointment Type /
3 years with the opportunity for extension
Bargaining Unit Status: Non Bargaining Unit


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the agency Americans trust with their lives. As a global leader in public health, CDC is the nation’s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency. Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of our people here and around the world.


Job Description

The Office of Infectious Diseases (OID), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) is seeking a highly qualified Associate Service Fellow (Epidemiologist) to join its team in the Division of STD Prevention, Epidemiology and Statistics Branch (ESB). The Epidemiology and Statistics Branch is responsible for conducting research to address critically important gaps in knowledge to inform STD prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, primarily in the United States.

The Epidemiology Research Team, within the Branch, is seeking highly qualified candidates for a full-time Associate Service Fellow position as an Epidemiologist to support the team’s Strengthening U.S. Response to Resistant Gonorrhea (SURRG) project, an innovative multisite epidemiological and programmatic project designed to stem the tide of antibiotic-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Antibiotic-resistant N. gonorrhoeae has been recognized by CDC as one of three urgent antibiotic resistance public health threats. Data from SURRG will be exciting and multifaceted, and will include rich epidemiological data from participating clinics, laboratory data on antibiotic resistance from local and regional laboratories, and dynamic field investigation/social network data.

The incumbent will work closely with project, team, and branch leadership and the Division’s laboratory and surveillance branches, will support scientific and programmatic SURRG project leadership, and will be responsible for project data management and analyses. Strong data management, data analysis, communication, and organizational skills are critical. Experience working with local or state health departments and working in the field of STD prevention is desirable; experience with molecular epidemiology and social network analysis is a plus.



Incumbent will:

  • Lead SURRG project data management processes, including data cleaning, identification of data errors, manipulation of multiple complex data files to create analytic datasets, and data analyses
  • Regularly communicate and work closely with project sites to ensure submission of complete and high-quality data from sites to CDC
  • Oversee development of written project materials or presentations focused on data security, data management, and data analysis
  • Work closely with Division’s Surveillance & Data Management Branch, Data Management Team to ensure efficient, timely, and effective receipt of data and data management
  • Work closely with epidemiologists in the Division’s Surveillance & Management Branch and microbiologists in the Laboratory Research and Reference Branch to ensure SURRG project alignment and cohesion with other Division projects related to Neisseria gonorrhoeae antibiotic resistance.
  • Perform epidemiological analyses of project data to monitor and evaluate project progress and to inform project decisions
  • Perform ad hoc epidemiological analyses to respond to information requests from project, team, Branch, and Division leadership
  • Oversee development and production of routine high-quality project metric reports marking project progress for Team, Branch, and Division leadership
  • Perform epidemiological analyses for dissemination, through oral presentations, written reports, and scientific manuscripts, to inform STD and gonorrhea prevention efforts
  • Prepare manuscripts for publications, technical reports, and oral and poster presentations
  • Mentor fellows, trainees, and junior staff in data management and data analysis
  • Assist SURRG project lead with program management activities
  • Participate in regular project calls and meetings
  • Demonstrate willingness to learn new data analytic approaches to support project goals and address project analytic priorities


Basic Requirements

  • Both US citizens and non-US citizens are eligible.
  • Non-US citizens meeting the above degree and specified specialized experience requirements are eligible for noncompetitive appointments under this appointing authority. Citizens of countries on the Non-Aligned list (including China, India, and Switzerland) are eligible for this appointment. Citizens of countries that have been determined by the U.S. Secretary of State to be State Sponsors of Terrorism will not be able to obtain a security clearance to work at CDC and should not be considered for this appointing authority. For a list of countries designated as State Sponsors of Terrorism, visit the US Department of State’s website.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation.
  • 10% travel may be required.
  • Expertise with data analysis software (e.g., SAS, R) and a demonstration of strong data management, data analysis, communication, and organizational skills.


Qualification Requirements

The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.

The candidate must also possess a Master’s degree and one year of related post-graduate experience at the next lower grade level.

Education Requirement:  This position has an education requirement. Upon request, you must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Failure to submit transcripts or indicated college courses information will cause loss of consideration for this position.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs, and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. Visit the US Department of State’s website for more information.


EEO Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


How to Apply

Email your cover letter, résumé (no more than 10 pages), and college transcripts to: Bob Kirkcaldy, MD, MPH at by Friday, April 27, 2018, 11:59 PM EST.


Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed and interviews may be conducted.

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