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Senior Service Fellow (Health Informatics Scientist)

Location: Cincinnati, OH

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 Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Salary: $95,799
Work Schedule: Full-Time
Appointment Duration: Senior Service Fellow (Health Informatics Scientist)
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.


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, remote eligible 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.


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.

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.

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)

Basic Requirements

  • Both US citizens and non-US citizens (H-1B Visa) 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

Remote Work: If selected for a remote work position, you must have access to high-speed internet and meet current Agency standards for remote work.

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 Vaccinations section of the Safer Federal Workforce website.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Cover letter explaining relevant work experience and education
  • Resume
  • Transcript(s) are 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.

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

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Cover letter explaining relevant work experience and education
  • Resume
  • Transcript(s) are required

Email all required documentation listed above to: NIOSH Recruitment at by 11:59 PM EDT November 28, 2022. Please list the position you are applying to in the subject line of the email.

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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