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To comply with the January 21, 2022, preliminary injunction, CDC/ATSDR will not implement or enforce Executive Order 14043’s federal employee COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Read more about federal agency COVID-19 vaccination hiring requirements.

Senior Service Fellow (Health Scientist)

Atlanta, GA

Apply by May 20, 2022

fellowship information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Sub-Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Center Name: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
Salary: $99,595 – $129,472
Work Schedule: Full-Time
Appointment Duration: 2 years with the opportunity for extension up to 5 years
Bargaining Unit Status: Non-Bargaining Unit

Note: Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in a maximum telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to telework upon your appointment. As employees are permitted to return to the office, you may be required to report to the duty station listed on this announcement, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the HHS Workplace Flexibilities policy.

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.


This position is located in CDC’s Office of the Deputy Director for Non-Infectious Diseases (ODDNID), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Division of Violence Prevention (DVP).  DVP is committed to stopping violence before it begins. The Division’s work in violence prevention involves:

  • Monitoring violence-related behaviors, injuries, and deaths;
  • Conducting research on the factors that put people at risk or protect them from violence;
  • Developing and evaluating the effectiveness of violence prevention strategies, programs, and policies;
  • Helping state and local partners plan, implement, and evaluate prevention programs; and
  • Conducting research on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based prevention strategies, programs, and policies and ensuring their widespread adoption.

Through its programs and initiatives, DVP works with national organizations, state and local health agencies, researchers, and other partners to develop, implement, and promote effective violence prevention programs, practices, and policies.

DVP’s Research and Evaluation Branch (REB) plans, directs and conducts etiologic and formative research, effectiveness research, dissemination/implementation research, and rigorous program evaluations focusing on the prevention of violence, including, but not limited to, adverse childhood experiences, including child abuse and neglect and child sexual abuse, community violence, youth violence, firearm-related violence, intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, sexual violence, and elder abuse.

DVP is seeking highly qualified candidates for a full-time Senior Service Fellow position as a Health Scientist. Ideal candidates will have research experience and subject matter expertise in preventing ACEs that includes the perpetration of child abuse and neglect, child sexual abuse, or other adverse childhood experiences and social determinants of health.

Exposure to ACEs, including child abuse and neglect and child sexual abuse, is a serious public health problem and can have long-term impact on health and well-being.  The good news is these forms of violence are preventable.


The incumbent will:

  • Design and conduct scientific surveys/studies, research or rigorous evaluation projects for the primary prevention of injury and interpersonal violence including the prevention of adverse childhood experiences, such as child abuse and neglect and child sexual abuse, and other forms of violence
  • Apply expertise to collect, analyze and interpret complex data from diverse sources, using appropriate quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods
  • Independently assess and document accomplishments and recommend changes in processes, procedures and/or policies implemented to improve the effectiveness of injury and violence prevention strategies and approaches
  • Prepare scientific and other articles and technical reports for peer-reviewed publications and presentations at local, state and national workshops and conferences
  • Use comprehensive conceptual frameworks, interpret and apply guidelines, assess program effectiveness, and analyze and resolve challenging issues and problems
  • Collaborate with internal staff and external government agencies, private organizations, and other stakeholders to develop and accomplish program objectives
  • Provide technical advice and assistance, and scientific oversight of complex and innovative injury and violence prevention surveillance, research, or evaluation projects
  • Identify and define behavioral aspects of injury and violence prevention using theory-based paradigms from the scientific literature
  • Support the mentoring and professional development of students, fellows, junior staff and/or partners

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. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Educationexternal icon at the time the degree was obtained.

Agency Required Educational Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree, and
  • One year of postdoctoral 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

Highly qualified candidates would possess the following:

  • Experience and subject matter expertise in researching adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including child abuse and neglect and child sexual abuse, as well as other forms of violence.
  • At least two years of experience in the design, implementation, and/or evaluation of prevention programs, practices, or public policies to solve public health problems
  • Demonstrated capability to provide expert advice and consultation to research and non-research partners on the design, implementation, and/or evaluation of prevention programs, practices, and policies
  • 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 health science research

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: Cuba, North Korea, Iran, and Syria.

  • Successful completion of a background investigation
  • Up to 10% domestic 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.

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 Vaccinationsexternal icon section of the Safer Federal Workforceexternal icon website.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Cover letter or statement of interest
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • College Transcripts

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: REBJOBS at by 11:59 PM EDT May 20, 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.

Page last reviewed: April 29, 2022