Service Fellowship in Injury Epidemiology


Position and organization

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), located in Hyattsville, Maryland, seeks a Service Fellow to work in the Aging and Chronic Disease Statistics Branch (ACDSB). NCHS is the principal health statistics agency in the United States. NCHS’ mission is to compile accurate, relevant, and timely statistical information to guide actions and policies that improve the health of the American people. Within NCHS, the Office of Analysis and Epidemiology (OAE) conducts developmental and evaluation research and analysis in the fields of epidemiology, health status, health services utilization, health promotion, and health economics. Within OAE, the ACDSB develops, compiles, analyzes, and interprets statistical data related to aging, chronic disease, disability and functioning, and injury. ACDSB staff are subject matter experts engaging in activities that fall within two categories: 1) research and measures development and evaluation, and 2) consultation and collaboration at national and international levels in the identification of research projects, the design and analysis of data related to the aforementioned public health topics, and the collection and dissemination of these data.


Fellowship overview

As a member of ACDSB, the Service Fellow will contribute to all aspects of the branch mission, including planning and conducting research studies in injury epidemiology in such areas as emerging trends in injury morbidity and mortality, health disparities related to injury, the effects of injury on health outcomes and utilization of health care services, and social and physical functioning post-injury. In collaboration with other members of ACDSB and other NCHS staff, the Fellow is expected to plan and carry out high-quality research by selecting appropriate statistical and epidemiologic methods, independently conducting statistical analysis using standard programming software, utilizing large-scale NCHS data sources, and disseminating results via NCHS reports and articles in scientific journals.  



This fellowship is open to all citizens of the United States and legal permanent residents with a work authorization. Applicants must have successfully completed a doctoral degree or higher in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, or a related field (e.g., medicine, economics, or health sciences) and have at least 1 year of postdoctoral experience. Experience or applied coursework in collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data and applying statistical techniques is required. Strong skills in using SAS, STATA, SPSS, SUDAAN, or other statistical software for complex data are also expected. Strong speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills are also highly desirable.


Terms of appointment

The Service Fellow will be offered an initial 24-month appointment, with potential for extension up to 5 years. A starting date will be determined by mutual agreement. An initial salary of $77,490–$119,794 will be offered based on education and experience. Salary increases will be commensurate with performance. Service Fellows are eligible for annual and sick leave, Thrift-Savings 401(k)-equivalent, health and life insurance, and a flexible work schedule. The Service 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 February 17, 2017. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, their curriculum vitae, official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate credits, and two reference letters to Julie Weeks, Ph.D. at the mailing address below. Inquiries or questions regarding this fellowship can be directed to Dr. Weeks via email only at


Mailing address

Julie Dawson Weeks, Ph.D.
Chief, Aging and Chronic Disease Statistics Branch
Office of Analysis and Epidemiology
National Center for Health Statistics
3311 Toledo Road, Room 4272
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.**