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Senior Service Fellow (Epidemiologist)

Location: Atlanta, GA
Apply by: March 27, 2023

fellowship information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Sub-Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Center Name: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)
Salary: $104,008 – $135,209
Work Schedule: Full-Time
Appointment Duration: 5 years 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.


This position is located in CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO). Within DNPAO, the position is located in the Nutrition Branch’s (NB), International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control (IMMPaCt) Team. The IMMPaCt Team works with global partners to contribute CDC skills and resources to eliminate vitamin and mineral deficiencies among vulnerable populations throughout the world.

DNPAO is seeking highly qualified candidates for a full-time Senior Service Fellow position as an Epidemiologist within the IMMPaCt Team. The ideal candidate will have expertise in micronutrients, monitoring, evaluation, and surveillance, with a strong knowledge and background of micronutrient biomarkers.


The incumbent will:

  • Provide expertise to support micronutrients related research, monitoring, evaluation, and surveillance for the Nutrition Branch’s (NB), International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control (IMMPaCt) Team.
  • Provide technical assistance in the design, planning, implementation, and reporting of population based micronutrient surveys and surveillance systems, as well as monitoring systems and evaluations for micronutrient interventions in identified countries.
  • Develop survey protocols, instruments and all procedures for data collection; conduct trainings; carry out data management and analysis; write reports and disseminate results for micronutrient surveys, surveillance systems, monitoring systems, and evaluations of micronutrient delivering interventions.
  • Write monitoring and evaluation manuals for micronutrient interventions and other technical resources to support micronutrient intervention development, monitoring, surveillance, and evaluation.
  • Conduct complex statistical analyses for reports and publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Disseminate information within CDC and present externally (e.g. national and international meetings and conferences) under guidance of CDC staff.
  • Routinely communicate information with CDC management and staff and document program activities and efforts.
  • Communicate and collaborate with public, private, academic and civic organizations/groups.
  • Carry out CDC clearance for documents, manuscripts, and other publications, as delegated.

Basic Qualifications


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 Education 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:

  • A doctoral-level degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, in human nutrition, public health, epidemiology or social science with background in nutrition and vitamin and mineral science;
  • At least six years’ experience working in international nutrition programs or projects (preferably in the area of micronutrients).
  • Experience organizing, implementing, and reporting population based nutritional and micronutrient status surveys, monitoring, evaluation and surveillance systems (direct field experience preferred).
  • Expertise with statistical analysis software (such as Epi Info, SAS, STATA, R and/or SPSS), including conducting complex design and analyses.
  • Strong verbal, written, listening and presentation skills.

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: North Korea, Iran, Sudan, and Syria.

  • Successful completion of a background investigation
  • Up to 20% travel may be required
  • Fluency in English language required. Fluency/skill in French is an asset.

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

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: by 11:59 PM EDT March 27, 2023.

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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