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Senior Service Fellowship (Health Informatics Scientist)

Cincinnati, OH

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: $80,526 – $95,799
Work Schedule: Full-Time
Appointment Duration: 5 year initial appointment with the opportunity for extension
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) invites fellowship applications for a full-time Health Informatics Scientist to work in the Health Informatics 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), Division of Field Studies and Engineering (DFSE) in Cincinnati, Ohio.

This is a full-time position being offered as part of the CDC service fellowship program under Title 42 of the U.S. Code. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and non-U.S. citizens are eligible. CDC service fellows are considered federal employees with most of the rights and benefits provided to permanent employees. The initial fellowship appointment will be for two years with potential for renewal.  Salary will be based on education and experience. Fellows will be eligible for government health and retirement benefits.

Job Description

The successful applicant will work with a multidisciplinary team of occupational health scientists and IT professionals to support and conduct research studies and projects. The fellow will provide IT expertise in the design, development, and implementation of informatics systems for health science research to identify and track emerging and existing work-related diseases, exposures, and hazards.

Highly qualified candidates would possess the following:

  • Experience in the design, development and implementation of health informatics systems and using machine learning and data visualization methods are highly desirable
  • Experience in IT and developing software applications, and in project management
  • Mid-career Professional (4-5 yrs experience)


The fellow will be responsible for the following:

  • Manage informatics projects and serve as a subject matter expert in the design and implementation of IT systems integrating epidemiologic and other information from a scientific perspective;
  • Coordinate multi-faceted projects to implement industry and occupation coding tools into widely used public health tools to collect key work variables for COVID-19 cases and other notifiable conditions;
  • Lead or serve on multidisciplinary project teams that analyze work processes, practices and needs to conceptualize and design technical solutions for critical health informatics problems;
  • Collaborate and provide expert scientific and technical advice to synthesize and implement informatics policies and directions for future development within NIOSH, CDC and other federal agencies as well as externally with various state health agencies and other organizations;
  • Identify and analyze public health issues and their impact on scientific and IT operations that are critical to occupational health and safety and the public health community at large
  • Consult with scientists, IT staff, statisticians, and program management to support research studies/ projects through application of best public health informatics practices in all aspects of the study or survey including design, implementation, analysis, and interpretation.

Basic Qualifications

Degree Experience Compensation: This position requires a degree  with a major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.

Master’s Degree             $80,562.00

GS-12 equivalent master’s degree One year or more postgraduate experience equivalent to the next lower grade level related to the work of the position. Salary may be set at a step above step 1 with the appropriate peer review approval.

Ph.D. or equivalent Postdoctoral experience not required. Salary will be set at the maximum of GS-12, step 1 equivalent.

Doctoral Degree             $95,799.00

GS-13 equivalent Ph.D. or equivalent One year of related postdoctoral experience at the next lower grade level related to the work of the position. Salary may be set at a step above step 1 with the appropriate peer review approval

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.

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.

For further information, review the new hire information page.

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 and education
  • Resume or CV
  • Unofficial Transcript

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

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 24, 2022