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Senior Service Fellow (Health Scientist)

Location: Atlanta, GA
Apply by: November 28, 2022

fellowship information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Sub-Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Center Name: National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)
Salary: $138,437 – $176,300
Work Schedule: Full-time
Appointment Duration: 5 years with optional extension
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.


This position serves as Branch Chief, Asthma and Community Health Branch (ACHB), located in CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice (DEHSP), in Atlanta, Georgia. The position plans, directs and supervises scientific and programmatic activities and staff related to pediatric asthma prevention and control.


The incumbent:

  • Directs and manages the operations of the Branch with primary responsibility for providing leadership, management, and guidance to Branch staff.
  • Determines the Branch’s overall policies and approaches to be followed to achieve the missions of the Branch and the Division. Evaluates the activities to determine which programs areas are most productive, which are worthy of support in reaching goals, and which should be emphasized or curtailed.
  • Develops goals and objectives and provides leadership, policy formulation, guidance in program planning and development.
  • Responsible for planning, developing, and implementing the Branch’s policy and program objectives, developing operating plans, and evaluating progress.
  • Develops specific projects and activities from broad program goals through the application of sound managerial and leadership concepts and practices, with a view toward enhancing the national impact of the Agency’s activities.
  • Utilizes subordinate team leaders and/or section chiefs to direct, coordinate, or oversee work. Exercising significant responsibilities in dealing with officials of other units or organizations, or in advising management officials of higher rank. Assures reasonable equity (among units, groups, teams, projects, etc.) of performance standards and rating techniques, including assessment of contractor contractor-completed work.
  • Develops and maintains relationships among a variety of national and international public health, medical, and environmental health organizations, other government agencies, academic institutions, and state and local health departments.

Basic Qualifications


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 Education at the time the degree was obtained.

Agency Qualifications

Candidates must also meet the following requirements:

  • Doctoral level degree in the fields listed above; and
  • One year of related postdoctoral experience at the next lower grade level related to the work of the position 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:

Knowledge and expertise in pediatric asthma prevention and control is preferred.  The successful candidate will have at least 1 year of post-doctorate experience in epidemiology, environmental health, medicine, or related health sciences. In addition, the desired candidate will have documented leadership experience in creating a vision and setting the direction in a scientific or public health organization; knowledge and expertise in the field of public health surveillance, epidemiology, and environmental health; demonstrated experience in developing and implementing national, state, or local policies, programs and research related to the field of public health surveillance, epidemiology, and/or environmental health; and scientific expertise, as documented through a combination of: peer-reviewed scientific publications, manuscripts, presentations at major national and international conferences, and membership on advisory boards or committees.

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
  • (5-10%) travel may be required
  • Recruitment/retention/relocation Incentives may be authorized

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 documentation:

  • Resume (not to exceed ten [10] pages)

Email your documentation to by 11:59 PM EST on November 28, 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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