USA: PostDoc Research Position in Survey Statistician, Social Scientist, or Health Scientist at NIH

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Position and Organization:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH), is seeking a Survey Statistician, Social Scientist, or Health Scientist for a Health Disparities Service Fellowship in NCHS’ Office of the Center Director. NCHS is the principal health statistics agency in the United States. As 1 of the 10 centers and institutes that constitutes CDC, NCHS’ mission is to compile accurate, relevant, and timely statistical information to guide actions and policies that improve the health of the American people. For more information about NCHS, visit

Support for this position has been provided by OMH, HHS. OMH is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. For more information about OMH, visit

Position Overview:
The Fellow, reporting to the Director of Extramural Research, will develop a research program to examine health disparities using data from across the Center. NCHS has four major data collection programs: the Division of Vital Statistics, including the National Survey of Family Growth, the Division of Health Interview Statistics, the Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, and the Division of Health Care Statistics. The Fellow may be involved in developing data collection materials and protocols, monitoring survey data collection progress and quality, performing statistical analyses, and preparing publications on issues in racial and ethnic health disparities. The Fellow also will work closely with OMH, and specific projects will be determined jointly with the Fellow supervisor and OMH staff.

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 Ph.D. degree in social science, health science, statistics, or a related field (e.g., gerontology, epidemiology, demography, or public policy). Experience and coursework in statistics is essential, as is conducting independent research in health disparities. Applicants are required to have strong analytical, statistical, and programming skills, preferably using SAS; research experience in racial and ethnic health disparities; experience or education in survey methods or survey operations; the ability to work effectively as a team player; an orientation to detail; solid organizational skills; and strong speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills.

Terms of Appointment:
The successful candidate will be offered a 24-month appointment. A starting date will be determined by mutual agreement. An initial salary of $74,872-$115,742 will be offered based on education and experience. Salary increases will be commensurate with performance. Federal benefits such as annual and sick leave, Thrift Savings 40l (k)-equivalent, and health and life insurance apply. A flexible work schedule or telework may be offered at the discretion of the supervisor. Free onsite parking is available or a public-transportation subsidy can be obtained for using the area subway station, which is within walking distance.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, their curriculum vitae, official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate credits (in sealed and signed envelopes), and two reference letters (on official letterhead with original signature) to Dr. Virginia S. Cain at the mailing address below. Inquiries or questions regarding this fellowship can be directed to vcain(at) or 301-458-4500.

Mailing address:
Virginia S. Cain, Ph.D.
Director, Extramural Research
Office of the Center Director
Division of Health Care Statistics
National Center for Health Statistics
3311 Toledo Road, Room 7208
Hyattsville, MD 20782

Deadline:Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2014

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