Senior Service Fellow (Epidemiologist) in the Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (DHANES)

Position and organization

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), located in Hyattsville, Maryland, is seeking a Senior Service Fellow (Epidemiologist) in the Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (DHANES). As the nation’s principal health statistics agency, NCHS’ mission is to provide statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people.

NCHS conducts the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a nationally representative survey of the U.S. population. The survey is unique in combining interviews and health examinations, including biospecimen collection. Visit the NHANES website for more information.

Position overview

As a member of DHANES’ Analysis Branch, the Service Fellow will conduct analyses with NHANES data (for example, analysis of infectious disease or chronic disease outcomes). In collaboration with other researchers within and outside of NCHS, the fellow will plan and implement high-quality research on health topics after selecting appropriate statistical and epidemiologic methods. The fellow will prepare comprehensive reports of study results for NCHS and scientific publication and present research activities at professional conferences and meetings. In addition, the fellow will contribute to the division by conducting ad hoc analyses, participating in workgroups, answering public inquiries, and other tasks as needed.


The position is open to all U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents with a work authorization. (Applicants are responsible for obtaining the necessary work authorization.) Applicants must have successfully completed a Ph.D. in a health-related field (for example, epidemiology). Experience and coursework in infectious disease or chronic disease are essential, and knowledge of complex surveys is desirable. Strong skills in SAS, STATA, SUDAAN, R, or other statistical software for analyzing complex data are expected. Strong speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills are highly desirable.

Terms of appointment

The successful candidate will be offered an initial 23-month appointment, which may be extended. A starting date will be determined by mutual agreement. An initial salary range of $98,496–$128,043 will be offered, based on education and experience. The salary listed is Rest of U.S. Locality pay and will be adjusted to reflect the candidate’s negotiated location (see more information on locality and pay scales). 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 (telework or remote schedule) may be offered at the discretion of the division. NCHS is in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Free onsite parking or a public transportation subsidy is available. The local subway station is within walking distance, and a free shuttle is available to and from the station.

Application process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, a copy of official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate credits, and contact information for two references to Cynthia Ogden at the mailing address below. Inquiries or questions regarding this position can be directed to Cynthia Ogden at

Mailing address

Cynthia Ogden, Ph.D.
NHANES Analysis Branch Chief
3311 Toledo Road, Cubicle Number 3281
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.**