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 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 Population Health Reporting and Dissemination Branch (PHRADB) monitors trends in the nation’s health by conducting cross-cutting health research using data from federal and nonfederal sources. A primary role of PHRADB is to coordinate the production of Health, United States, a congressionally mandated annual report on the health of the nation from the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to the President of the United States and Congress. For more information about Health, United States, visit the report website.

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 Service Fellow will work as part of the PHRADB team of analysts responsible for planning and conducting research studies related to national population health statistics. Major responsibilities are related to the design and production of Health, United States.

• Investigates multiple health topics, including conducting literature reviews and summarizing background
• Plans and conducts high-quality research for inclusion in Health, United States by selecting appropriate data sources and valid statistical methods
• Designs charts and other visualizations to quickly and clearly communicate research findings
• Critically reviews documentation from NCHS and non-NCHS data sources, and includes relevant characteristics in report documentation
• Conducts careful quality assurance reviews of Health, United States materials
• Communicates data findings to a variety of audiences, including the general public, NCHS senior staff, and conference attendees
• Learns and applies the latest statistical methods and approaches


• 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
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Facility with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
• Demonstrated initiative and ability to work autonomously and in a team environment

Terms of appointment

The 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 $69,581–$108,422 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 August 8, 2019. 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 signatures) to Dr. Renee Gindi, Population Health Reporting and Dissemination Branch Chief, at the mailing or email address below. Inquiries or questions regarding this fellowship can be directed to Dr. Renee Gindi at Visit the NCHS Employment Opportunities website for more information about the Fellowship Program.

Mailing address
Renee M. Gindi
Chief, Population Health Reporting and Dissemination Branch
Division of Analysis and Epidemiology
National Center for Health Statistics
3311 Toledo Road, Room 4276
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.**
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