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Regular Fellow (Laboratory Technician)

Location: Morgantown, WV

Apply by: November 30, 2022

fellowship information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Sub-Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Center Name: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Salary: $38,881 – $58,913
Work Schedule: Full-Time
Appointment Duration: 1 year with the opportunity for extension up to 4 years
Bargaining Unit Status: Bargaining Unit

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, some CDC employees have been authorized to work virtually. However, when CDC is cleared to return to campus, you will be required to report to the duty location identified in this advertisement.

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) invites regular fellowship applications for a full-time General Physical Scientist position to work in the Field Studies Branch. This position is with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Respiratory Health Division, located in Morgantown, WV.

This fellowship is a temporary appointment that lasts one year but may be extended up to 4 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.  Salary will be based on education and experience. Health insurance is required to be carried by the employee.

Job Description

The Field Studies Branch in the Respiratory Health Division, NIOSH conducts occupational safety and health research related to characterizing and controlling worker exposures to chemical and physical hazards. This person will support laboratory activities and field sampling associated with research projects including “Exposure, health effects, and controls of chemicals from thermal spray coating.” On-site training will provide the necessary knowledge to perform duties.


The incumbent will be responsible for the following:

  • Preparation and operation of thermal spray coating system
  • 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 of accurate experimental records; and
  • Preparation of field sampling and assisting senior industrial hygienist during field sampling

Basic Qualifications

The position requires a minimum bachelor’s degree in industrial hygiene; chemistry; or biology, engineering or in a scientific field.

Note: Degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.


GS-05: Bachelor’s Degree           $38,881
GS-07: Master’s Degree              $48,162
GS-09: Doctoral Degree              $58,913

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 Terrorism 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: Cuba, North Korea, Iran, and Syria.

  • Successful completion of a background investigation
  • Up to 20%–30% domestic travel may be required

Required Documents

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

For more information see the Vaccinations section of the Safer Federal Workforce website.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Cover letter – describing relevant experience
  • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • Contact information for three references

This position has an education requirement: Upon request, you must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Failure to submit transcripts or indicated college courses information will cause loss of consideration for this position.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

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

Email all required documentation listed above to: NIOSH Recruitment at by 11:59 PM EDT November 30, 2022. Please list the position you are applying to in the subject line of the email.

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.

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