Senior Service Fellowship in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Division of Analysis and Epidemiology

Position and organization

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), in Hyattsville, Maryland, is seeking a Senior Service Fellow in epidemiology or biostatistics to work in its Division of Analysis and Epidemiology (DAE). 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. For more information about NCHS, visit its website.

DAE is responsible for conducting developmental and evaluation research and analysis in the fields of epidemiology, health services research, health disparities, and health promotion. Within DAE, the Health Promotion Statistics Branch (HPSB) coordinates the health-promotion and disease-prevention related data-analysis activities of NCHS. HPSB provides extensive support and technical assistance to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), its agencies, and state and local health agencies. A primary role of HPSB is to track and monitor progress of national health goals and objectives in support of HHS’ Healthy People initiative, which will soon enter its fifth decade with the upcoming release of Healthy People 2030. For more information about health-promotion statistics activities at NCHS, visit its website. For more information about the Healthy People initiative, visit the HHS Healthy People websiteexternal icon.

Position overview

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. The Senior Service Fellow will work as a senior member of the HPSB team of analysts responsible for collecting, analyzing, and presenting data for the Healthy People initiative.


  • Serves as a senior analyst for national health indicators included in Healthy People
  • Functions as a lead for selected cross-cutting Healthy People analytical projects and products
  • Leads or co-authors scientific products including peer-reviewed manuscripts, presentations, technical reports, and internal briefings
  • Prepares and communicates analytic charts and findings to a variety of audiences, including the general public, NCHS senior staff, and conference attendees
  • Provides data and statistical guidance at Healthy People interagency workgroup meetings
  • Critically reviews documentation from NCHS and non-NCHS data sources, including relevant characteristics in report documentation
  • Mentors junior staff in analysis of Healthy People data, including trends and disparities


  • U.S. citizenship or legal permanent resident status with a work authorization. Applicants are responsible for obtaining the necessary work authorization.
  • Successful completion of master’s or doctoral degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university in biostatistics, epidemiology, demography, or a related field (e.g., sociology, medicine, and biological or health sciences)
  • Knowledge of statistics, including a course of study that included at least 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided that 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.
  • Experience and applied coursework in collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data
  • Demonstrated knowledge of statistical software such as SAS, Stata, or R
  • Strong analytic and organizational skills, as well as attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience publishing scientific manuscripts
  • Facility with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work both autonomously and in a team environment

Terms of appointment

The Senior Service Fellow will be offered an initial 2-year full-time appointment, with potential for an extension up to 5 years. A starting date will be determined by mutual agreement. An initial salary range of $99,172–$128,920 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, and health and life insurance apply. A flexible work schedule or telework may be offered at the discretion of the supervisor. The Fellow will have the option of free onsite parking or a public-transportation subsidy. The local subway station is within walking distance.

Application process

Applications will be accepted through October 18, 2019. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, their curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate credits, and two reference letters to Dr. David Huang, Health Promotion Statistics Branch Chief, at the mailing or email address below. If selected, the applicant will be required to submit all of the following documents which have not already been sent: official transcripts in sealed and signed envelopes and hard copies of the two reference letters on official letterhead with original signatures. Inquiries or questions regarding this fellowship can be directed to Dr. David Huang at Visit the NCHS Employment Opportunities website for more information about the Fellowship Program.

Mailing address
David T. Huang, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.P.H.
CDR, U.S. Public Health Service
Chief, Health Promotion Statistics Branch
Division of Analysis and Epidemiology
National Center for Health Statistics
3311 Toledo Road, Room 4273
Hyattsville, Maryland 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.**
Page last reviewed: September 6, 2019