Health Scientist in United States

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Summary As a global leader in public health & health promotion, CDC is the agency Americans trust with their lives. In addition to our everyday work, each CDC employee has a role in supporting public health emergency management, whether through temporary assignments to emergency responses or sustaining other CDC programs and activities while colleagues respond. Join our team to use your talent, training, & passion to help CDC continue as the world’s premier public health organization. Visit Responsibilities As a Health Scientist, you will: Serve as a recognized agency authority or consultant for health programs, and conducts scientific research to develop a national system (or) systems to monitor public health capacity in the country of assignment. Identify and analyze public health issues and their impact on scientific operations that are critical to the public health community. Utilize expertise in the fields of epidemiology, survey research and public health surveillance, demography, statistics, and program development and evaluation. Lead 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. Provide technical advice to global agencies and to various other health-related organizations about measuring and evaluating public health capacity and performance in country. Prepares scientific articles and technical reports for publication in national and international public health journals. Make presentations to other scientific staff, federal, health program managers; and other health officials and health-related organizations. Requirements Conditions of Employment Due to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) process enhancement to use Shared Certificates throughout the Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), some of the requirements below may differ: US Citizenship required. Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see May be subject to a Background Investigation. May be required to obtain a Secret or Top-Secret Clearance. CDC participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). If selected, CDC will determine your employment eligibility using your social security number. Direct deposit is required. One-year probationary period may be required. Mobility agreement may be required. Code 4 Supervisory positions may be filled using this announcement. This position may be subject to the OGE Financial Disclosure requirements of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). CDC inspires public confidence in its trust responsibilities and mission by maintaining high ethical principles. If selected, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. If identified, this will be an annual requirement. In accordance with Executive Order 12564 of September 14, 1986, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is A Drug-Free Federal Workplace. This position may require a Drug Test and be subject to Random Drug Testing. The position may require the submission of a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and be subject to reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug testing upon hiring. If required to submit to urinalysis, the appointment to the position will be contingent upon a negative test result. Qualifications All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. 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(external link) at the time the degree was obtained. In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements, applicants must meet the specialized experience as stated below: Minimum Qualifications: GS-15: To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level, which must include the following experience: experience directing health sciences studies, surveys, and/or projects related to public health programs. CTAP/ICTAP must meet all of the requirements outlined in the qualification section of this announcement in order to be considered “well qualified”. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Education A copy of your transcripts or equivalent documentation is required for positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page. FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For more information, visit Additional Information Initial assignment may be to a designated domestic location until all overseas credentials and requirements have been completed. This may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. Selectees will temporarily remain in a different location, whether domestic or international, from the specific advertised position location while completing the required training, security and medical clearances. Once cleared, the selectee will relocate to the overseas location for up to but Not to Exceed (NTE) two to three years/HHS tours for a maximum of 6 consecutive years in one designated location as determined by the selecting official. Any extensions beyond the maximum years will be approved by the HHS Office of Global Affairs for the maximum of 10 years. Incentives may include: Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may be authorized. Annual Leave for non-federal service may be authorized. Travel and transportation expenses for Temporary Duty Assignments (TDY) may be paid. PCS Expenses are authorized, subject to the terms of the Joint Travel Regulation (JTR). Overseas Assignments: Immunizations are required and will be administered by the CDC before relocating overseas. Selectee will need to obtain security and medical clearances before being cleared to report to the overseas duty station. Continued employment will be subject to submission of all documentation necessary to obtain the medical and security clearances (including documentation for any accompanying dependents), within thirty (30) business days and obtaining the security clearance within six (6) months of the initial appointment. Please note the inability to secure the clearances necessary for overseas duty will result in termination of the appointment to the position. Entitled to comparability pay once deployed to overseas location. Eligible for special pay allowances per location (e.g., post differential, housing, relocation, etc.). Citizens or permanent residents of the host country are not eligible to be considered. Current permanent status CDC employees will be processed using a Term appointment. The selectee will not have statutory return rights. Subsequent employment for CDC positions must be through the appropriate competitive process or special employment program hiring authorities. You must apply to the merit promotion announcement for statutory return rights to your permanent CDC position title, series, and grade. Important Note for Applicants Outside of CDC: Other current permanent status HHS or other agency employees will be hired on a term appointment. There are no statutory return rights. Subsequent employment for CDC positions must be through the appropriate competitive process or special employment program hiring authorities. Will be required to sign a Statement of Understanding. Additional information on living and traveling abroad may be found at

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