Associate Service Fellow (Statistician) in the Office of the Director

Position and organization

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Office of the Director in the Division of Research and Methodology, located in Hyattsville, Maryland, is seeking an Associate Service Fellow (Statistician). 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.

The Division of Research and Methodology conducts research on a wide variety of survey methodology-related topics and collaborates with various survey programs within and outside of NCHS to support data-related research activities. The Division of Research and Methodology’s research includes sampling and questionnaire design, as well as measurement and non-response error, small area and small domain estimation, data science, and data disclosure. NCHS surveys provide estimates of health outcomes and health services. Research products include scientific journal papers, government reports, and internal and external presentations. Staff members are encouraged to attend conferences and workshops to present their research findings and receive professional training.

Position overview

The Statistician will perform statistical, methodological, psychometric, data science, machine learning, and collaborative research on a variety of issues and problems relating to survey design, measurement, early and small domain estimation, and big data. In addition, the incumbent will function as a consultant and advisor on topics related to survey design, survey measurement, psychometrics, weighting and variance estimation, small area estimation, data disclosure, and machine learning to other NCHS divisions and offices as well as external organizations. Experience using one or more software packages such as r and SAS is required. Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following topics is highly desirable: survey statistics, survey methodology, psychometrics, statistical theory, machine learning and data science. Consulting and other collaborative experience is highly desirable.


The position 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.) Applicants must have successfully completed a master’s degree in statistics, biostatistics, quantitative research, data science, survey methodology, or a related field (for example, mathematics or social science). Experience and coursework in statistics is essential, as is experience collaborating on statistical applications and statistical computing and software for statistical analysis. A basic understanding of the impacts of missing data, nonresponse bias, coverage and representativeness, and measurement error is 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 ($59,021–$89,835) will be offered, based on education and experience. The salary listed is Rest of United States. Locality pay will be adjusted to reflect location negotiated. Find more information on locality and pay scales. Salary increases will be commensurate with performance. Fellows are eligible for sick leave, annual leave, Thrift Savings 401(k)-equivalent, and health and life insurance. A 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 Morgan Earp at

Mailing address

Morgan Earp, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
Division of Research and Methodology
National Center for Health Statistics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
3311 Toledo Road, Room 4641
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.**