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Regular Fellow (Laboratory Technician)

Morgantown, WV

Apply by: February 25, 2022

fellowship information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Sub-Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Center Name: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Salary: $35,256 – $53,433
Work Schedule: Full-Time
Appointment Duration: 1 year with the opportunity for extension up to 7 years
Bargaining Unit Status: Non Bargaining Unit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the agency Americans trust with their lives. As a global leader in public health, CDC is the nation’s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency. Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of our people here and around the world.


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is seeking an individual who possesses the energy, passion, and commitment to perform laboratory-based occupational safety and health research. The Regular Fellow program at CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is for recruiting and providing scientific on-the-job training to entry-level scientists.

This position is in the Field Studies Branch, Respiratory Health Division, located at the NIOSH facility in Morgantown, WV. On-site training will provide the necessary knowledge to perform duties. The candidate, however, must have a solid background in performing laboratory work such as pipetting, serial dilutions, and record keeping. This person will support laboratory activities associated with service and research projects including “Artificial stone countertops: exposures, controls, surveillance, & translation”. They will also contribute to obtaining laboratory accreditation activities through development of process and procedure documents describing the work conducted in the laboratory. Opportunities for field sampling and travel may be available.

Job Description

This Biological Laboratory Technician training fellowship is a temporary appointment that lasts one year but may be extended up to 7 years.  The fellowship appointments are non-status, non-permanent appointments. Benefits and relocation expenses are not provided. Payment is by monthly stipend. Term appointments can be non-competitively extended pending satisfactory performance and availability of funds.  Health insurance is required to be carried by the employee.


The fellow will be responsible for the following:

  • Preparation and analysis of canister samples and other samples for volatile organic compound monitoring;
  • Preparation and operation of emission chambers;
  • Calibration and operation of real-time instruments;
  • Management and analysis of sampler and instrument data;
  • Organization and maintenance of the laboratory and cleanliness of the experimental work areas;
  • Ordering of laboratory supplies and management of chemical inventories;
  • Maintenance and accuracy of experimental records; and
  • Development of process and procedure documentation for accreditation activities.

Basic Qualifications

Degree Experience Compensation: The position requires a minimum bachelor’s degree in microbiology; or biology, chemistry or in a scientific field.

GS-05: Bachelor’s Degree     $35,265

GS-07: Master’s Degree         $43,683

GS-09: Doctoral Degree         $53,433

Basic Requirements

  • Both US citizens and non-US citizens are eligible to apply.

Note: Non-US citizens meeting the above degree and specified specialized experience requirements are eligible for noncompetitive appointments under this appointing authority. Citizens of countries on the Non-Aligned list (including China, India, and Switzerland) are eligible for this appointment. Citizens of countries that have been determined by the U.S. Secretary of State as State Sponsors of Terrorismexternal icon will not be able to obtain a security clearance to work at CDC and should not be considered for this appointing authority. Countries currently on this list include: Iran, Sudan, and Syria.

  • Successful completion of a background investigation.
  • 10% or more travel may be required.

EEO Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter explaining relevant work experience, education, and research interests
  • Resume or CV
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Contact details for three references

Email your resume and other documentation to by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 25, 2022.

Visit our employment page to learn more about occupational safety and health opportunities at NIOSH.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed and there may possibly be interviews. If selected, the following documentation will be required:

  • Official transcripts issued directly to the CDC (these may be sent to the program or to HR by the school).
  • Two letters of recommendation from outside CDC (dated within one year)
  • Human Resources, in coordination with the program office, will notify the selectee and negotiate the effective date of the position.

Visit our pathways page to learn more about public health training and fellowships at CDC.

Visit our employment page to learn more about occupational safety and health opportunities at NIOSH.

Page last reviewed: January 20, 2022