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Senior Service Fellow (Health Scientist – Health Informatics)

Position location: Remote

Apply by September 30, 2022

fellowship information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Sub-Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Center Name: Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Service (CSELS)
Salary: $81,216 – $105,579 (Salary will be adjusted based on the authorized remote location)
Work Schedule: Full-time
Appointment Duration: Two (2) years
Bargaining Unit Status: non-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.

Job Position

This position is located in CDC’s Deputy Director for Public Health Science and Surveillance (DDPHSS), Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS), Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS).  The mission of DLS is to improve public health surveillance and practice as well as patient outcomes by advancing clinical laboratory quality and safety, data and biorepository science, and workforce competency. Together, these efforts ensure that the nation’s 260,000 certified clinical and public health laboratories can reliably conduct laboratory testing necessary for public health surveillance, emergency response, and patient care.

The primary purpose of DLS’ Informatics and Data Science Branch (IDSB) is to lead and coordinate efforts to improve the utilization of laboratory informatics standards, policies, and procedures to improve interoperability between clinical and public health laboratories, public health agencies and other healthcare delivery systems.  The position requires significant engagement with CDC programs agency wide as well as national, state, and local partners on laboratory informatics initiatives.

IDSB is seeking highly qualified candidates for a full-time Senior Service Fellow position as a Health Scientist (Informatics). The ideal candidate will have experience and subject matter expertise in healthcare informatics including knowledge of laboratory data exchange and semantic interoperability.

Job Description

The incumbent will be responsible for the evaluation, design, security, and improvement of information technology solutions to support and advance scientific and business processes, goals, and strategic objectives through the development, implementation, and maintenance of secure tools and applications for laboratory data exchange. The incumbent also strengthens programs in surveillance, research, prevention, and evaluation through innovative integration of information technology with public health science.

Duties

As a Health Scientist (Informatics), the incumbent will:

  • Evaluate and develop approaches for strengthening the standardization and utility of national health information systems, their products, policies, and processes, with special emphasis on electronic data exchange.
  • Inform branch leadership of challenges and potential solutions for improving the use of standard codes and vocabulary mapping services in support of electronic laboratory reporting.
  • Provide scientific advice, consultation, and leadership on solutions to critical informatics problems that require outstanding creativeness in generating new hypotheses, approaches, and standards.
  • Collaborate and provide expert scientific advice to a variety of nation-wide and international organizations to synthesize, develop and implement informatics policies and directions for future development.
  • Gather information to help inform informatics solutions to data exchange challenges.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to identify problems and form recommendations.
  • Conduct routine communications with stakeholders to provide project updates, address changing requirements and stakeholder needs, and to discuss and resolve problems to ensure success.
  • Help develop strategies to meet short- and long-term goals to achieve progress toward a national ETOR system.
  • Utilize existing standards (g. LOINC, SNOMED, HL7) and develop/improve implementation guides to facilitate ETOR implementation.
  • Provide technical assistance to jurisdictions regarding implementation and integration of informatics solutions to data exchange.
  • Coordinate with healthcare systems/providers and jurisdictions to implement ETOR.
  • Seek feedback to modify processes and procedures to facilitate successful ETOR implementations.
  • Implement scientific policies and procedures on informatics practices and principles.
  • Coordinate the sharing of health-related informational materials so that scientific advice and assistance is disseminated.
  • Collaborate with and provide technical advice to all organizational levels within the agency, as well as with various state health agencies, and partner organizations.
  • Collaborate with scientists and program consultants in various aspects of the study or survey design process, and other study support duties including analyzing and reporting of data and data dissemination to audiences.
  • Evaluate study or project implementation procedures for improvement.
  • Prepare reports used as the basis for key-executive-level management decisions. Communicate research findings through reports, articles, and other publications.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

Degree:

Bachelor’s or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Doctoral-level degree in epidemiology or public health.
  • One year of postgraduate experience at or above the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.
  • Excellent time/project management and interpersonal skills.
  • Familiarity with laboratory-based and infectious disease focused public health programs.
  • Familiarity with electronic laboratory data exchange methods including HL7.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience working with contract staff.
  • Experience in managing and coordinating multiple, complex, and varied projects.
  • Exceptional coordination and organizational skills, including the ability to manage and respond to multiple requests and priorities in a timely manner with limited supervision.
  • Outstanding critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Leadership/management skills.
  • Level I or Level II Contract Officer Responsibility (COR) certification is beneficial but not required.

Highly qualified candidates would possess the following:

  • Experience and subject matter expertise in public health informatics
  • At least three years of experience in the design, implementation, and/or evaluation of laboratory data exchange systems
  • Demonstrated capability to provide expert advice and consultation to public health partners on the design, implementation, and/or evaluation of issues related to informatics and data exchange
  • A track record of scientific productivity as exemplified by scientific publications and other evidence of effective written communication skills
  • Expertise and experience in communicating scientific concepts, such as through conference presentations
  • Ability to collaborate with other scientific and professional staff on healthcare information topics

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 10% domestic travel may be required

Required Documents

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

Submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter or statement of interest
  • Resume or CV
  • College Transcripts

Documentation should be submitted to DLSDataScienceTeam@cdc.gov by 11:59 p.m. EST on September 30, 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

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Page last reviewed: August 30, 2022