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Associate Service Fellowship with the Division of Health Interview Statistics

Position and Organization: The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), located in Hyattsville, Maryland, is seeking an Associate Service Fellow to work with the Data Analysis and Quality Assurance Branch.  NCHS is the nation's principal health statistics agency.  One of the eight Centers and Institutes that comprise the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NCHS's mission is to compile accurate, relevant, and timely statistical information to guide actions and policies that improve the health of the nation. Within NCHS, the Division of Health Interview Statistics (DHIS) conducts the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).  The NHIS is a nationally representative survey of approximately 30,000 households that has been fielded annually since 1957.  The survey collects health and demographic data including health conditions, health behaviors, health care utilization, health insurance coverage, and socioeconomic topics.  Click here for more information about NCHS and the National Health Interview Survey.

Fellowship Overview: As a member of the Data Analysis and Quality Assurance Branch, the Associate Service Fellow will contribute to all aspects of preparing, analyzing, and disseminating the annual National Health Interview microdata.  This involves reviewing data quality; developing data edit and programming specifications; planning and conducting data analysis; providing technical consultation and advice to data users and colleagues; developing tables and graphics for data presentation; and preparing standard and specialized studies for NCHS reports and scientific journals.

Qualifications: This fellowship is open to all citizens of the United States or legal permanent residents with a work authorization.  Applicants are responsible for obtaining the necessary work authorization.  Applicants must have successfully completed a master's degree or higher in demography, survey methodology, epidemiology, public health, or a related field (e.g. sociology, medicine, biological or health sciences, etc).

Experience and/or applied coursework in (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as simple and multiple correlation, regression modeling, analysis of variance, and significance testing is highly desirable. Skill in using SAS, STATA, SPSS, SUDAAN, or other statistical software for complex survey data is also expected.  Strong speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills are also highly desirable.

Terms of Appointment: The Associate Service Fellow will be offered an initial 15 month appointment, which may be extended up to 2 years by mutual agreement.  A starting date will be determined by mutual agreement.  An initial salary of $58,206 - $90,698 will be offered based on education and experience.  Salary increases will be commensurate with performance.  Associate Service Fellows are eligible for sick leave, annual leave, thrift savings (401(k) equivalent), and health and life insurance.  A flexible work schedule is also available.  Free parking is available on-site or a transportation subsidy can be obtained for using the metro area subway station, which is nearby.

Application Process: Applications will be accepted through December 15, 2008.  Interested applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, cover letter describing experience in health-related research and data management, copy of transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate credits (official transcripts will be required, if selected), and three reference letters to Dr. Eve Powell-Griner, at the mailing address below.  Inquiries or questions regarding this fellowship can be directed to Dr. Powell-Griner at

Mailing address:
Dr. Eve Powell-Griner, Chief
Data Analysis and Quality Assurance
Division of Health Interview Statistics
Center for Health Statistics
3311 Toledo Road, Room 2220
Hyattsville, Maryland 20782


 **CDC/NCHS is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.**

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To view a list of current vacancy announcements, go to the CDC "Search Current Job Openings" page and choose "Hyattsville, Maryland" or "Research Triangle Park, NC" in the "Location" list box and then click on the "Search" button. Individual announcements may be accessed by clicking their announcement numbers in the first column.

Postdoctoral Research Program
NCHS offer extraordinary opportunities for the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program in specialized research in the areas of mathematical statistics, computer science, survey methodology, as well as health statistics, epidemiology, and the social and behavior sciences applicable to large scale sample surveys. Applicants must have held a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in a relevant field for less than 3 years or completed the Ph.D. before the commencement of work as a postdoctoral researcher. The duration of the fellowship is 2 years, but can be extended with special considerations.  For fullest consideration, applicants must submit for competitive review a five-page research proposal that includes a summary of research interest by February 28, 2009. However, applications will be accepted throughout the year until positions are filled. Applicants may be U.S. citizens as well as noncitizens. Permanent residency status does not qualify as citizenship. The fellowship will commence at a mutually agreeable date between June 1, 2009, and December 31, 2009. Potential applicants should visit the Postdoctoral Research Program pageApplicants wishing to discuss a specific research proposal may contact Venita B. Smith at

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