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Associate or Senior Service Fellowship (Statistician)

Hyattsville, MD

Apply by December 8, 2017

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Sub-Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Organization: National Center for Health Statistics
Salary Range: $79,720–$123,234 annually (RG-1530)
Work Schedule: Full-time
Appointment Type /
Duration:
2 years
Bargaining Unit Status: BU

Job Description

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.

This position is located in CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Division of Health Care Statistics (DHCS).  The mission of the Division of Health Care Statistics (DHCS) includes developing, testing and conducting national surveys to measure various aspects of health care in the United States. Data from these surveys are used by policymakers and researchers to analyze patterns and management of specific conditions, quality of care and disparities among populations, diffusion of medical technology, use of resources for specific conditions, and effects of policy changes.

 

Program Responsibility

NCHS and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have partnered to conduct the National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS). NHCS integrates three long-standing surveys, the National Hospital Discharge Survey and the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (both conducted by NCHS) and the Drug Abuse Warning Network (previously conducted by SAMHSA). The goal of NHCS is to provide reliable and timely health care utilization data for hospital-based settings. NHCS collects administrative claims data or electronic health record data for all inpatient discharges, emergency department (ED) visits, and outpatient department visits including ambulatory surgery from a sampled hospital.

NCHS is seeking highly qualified candidates for a full-time Associate/Senior Service Fellow position, as a Statistician within DHCS. The ideal candidate will have experience using SAS with large complex data sets and familiarity with natural language processing. In addition, applicants should have experience working with national surveys, especially surveys of health care providers, and understand survey design and weighting. Familiarity with electronic health record data and with medical coding (e.g., ICD–10–CM) is desirable. Strong analytical, writing, and interpersonal skills are essential.

 

Duties

Incumbent will:

  • Analyze survey data and prepare statistical files and related documentation in support of the development and refinement of algorithms to identify substance- and mental illness-involved ED visits from NHCS data
  • Plan a validation study with SAMHSA of the algorithms created;
  • Use natural language processing to identify and flag substance- and mental illness-involved ED visits documented in clinical notes and other text fields
  • Prepare written reports and publications.

 

Qualification Requirements

The successful candidate will possess a degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc.

In addition to the above requirement, the candidate must possess a master’s degree with 2 years of experience or a doctoral degree in health services research, statistics, survey methods, epidemiology, or a related social science or health field.

Basic Requirements

  • Both US citizens and Permanent US residents 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. Countries currently on this list include: Iran, Sudan, and Syria. See http://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/c14151.htm.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation.
  • Travel is not required.

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.

 

EEO Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment based on 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

Submit the following documentation:

  • Resume (not to exceed ten [10] pages)
  • College Transcripts (and foreign education evaluation if applicable)
  • Cover Letter
  • Two reference letters
  • Publications where applicant is the sole author

Documentation should be submitted to:  csd0@cdc.gov by Friday, December 8, 2017, 11:59 PM EST.

 

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed and interviews may be conducted.

Visit our website to learn more about public health training and fellowships at CDC.

Associate Service Fellowship (Statistician)

Hyattsville, MD

Apply by December 10, 2017

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Sub-Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Organization: National Center for Health Statistics
Salary Range: $66,510-$103,639 (RG-1530)
Work Schedule: Full-time
Appointment Type /
Duration:
13 months
Bargaining Unit Status: BU

Job Description

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.

This position is located in CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Division of Health Care Statistics (DHCS).  The mission of the Division of Health Care Statistics (DHCS) includes developing, testing and conducting national surveys to measure various aspects of health care in the United States. Data from these surveys are used by policymakers and researchers to analyze patterns and management of specific conditions, quality of care and disparities among populations, diffusion of medical technology, use of resources for specific conditions, and effects of policy changes.

 

Program Responsibility

NCHS is seeking highly qualified candidates for a full-time Associate Service Fellow position as a Statistician within DHCS. The ideal candidate will have experience working with national surveys, especially surveys of establishments.  Additionally, skill in using SAS, SUDAAN, or other statistical software for complex survey data is expected.

Duties

Incumbent will:

  • Develop procedures, questionnaires and other forms; develop resource requirements and time-tables; and develop data collection specifications, processing requirements, and survey documentation;
  • Prepare comprehensive reports of survey/data systems activities which include discussion of statistical methods and techniques employed; assessment of the adequacy and quality of data collection and summarization activities; and an evaluation of the accuracy of results relative to survey objectives;
  • Disseminate survey results in a wide range of venues

 

Qualification Requirements

The successful candidate will possess a degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc..

In addition to the above requirement, the candidate must possess a master’s degree or higher in health services research, statistics, survey methods, epidemiology, or a related social science or health field.

Basic Requirements

  • Both US citizens and Permanent US residents 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. Countries currently on this list include: Iran, Sudan, and Syria. See http://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/c14151.htm.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation.
  • Travel is not required.

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.

 

EEO Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment based on 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

Submit the following documentation:

  • Resume (not to exceed ten [10] pages)
  • College Transcripts (and foreign education evaluation if applicable)
  • Cover Letter
  • Two reference letters
  • Publications where applicant is the sole author

Documentation should be submitted to:  csd0@cdc.gov by Sunday, December 10, 2017, 11:59 PM EST.

 

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed and interviews may be conducted.

Visit our website to learn more about public health training and fellowships at CDC.

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