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Science Officer

Department Of Health And Human Services
Atlanta, GA
Closing date
Jan 27, 2023

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As a Science Officer you will:
  • Serve as the primary scientific advisor to the CIO Director and Deputy Director, and other senior staff, on science issues in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, behavioral science, and related disciplines.
  • Review and officially clear documents and other materials for public dissemination or publication in scientific and other peer reviewed publications, according to the procedures set forth by CDC and the individual Center.
  • Oversee, provide guidance and ensure that all CIO scientific research, publications and communications meet the highest standards of quality and integrity and are in accord with all human subjects and other ethical standards.
  • Provide scientific leadership and expertise in the development and execution of research projects, ensuring scientific soundness and technical feasibility.
  • Collaborate with leaders and scientists in other CIOs to coordinate and facilitate strategies, programs and procedures to ensure integration of CIO's science with CDC's broader scientific enterprise.
  • Monitor scientific quality assurance programs, such as project peer review procedures, human subject protocols, coordination of the CIO research projects and assure that research projects are closed out in compliance with agency procedures and monitor other Center procedures related to ensuring quality science in research activities.
  • Plan/supervise work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjust short-term priorities, and prepare schedules for completion of work, when necessary.
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, some of the requirements below may differ:
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959, must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).
  • May be subject to a Background/Security Investigation. Security clearance level may differ from the position announced when certificates are shared.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • Travel, transportation, and moving expenses may be paid: No
  • PCS Expenses may be authorized, subject to the terms of the Joint Travel Regulation.
  • This position may be subject to a Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Student loan repayment incentive may be authorized: No
  • Supervisory position: Yes: This position has 20% supervisory duties, candidates must also have demonstrated or shown the potential to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities. Applicants should describe any previous experience or responsibilities which could be used in relation to the supervisory requirements of this position.
  • Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
  • Promotion potential: No
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the 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.
QualificationsBasic Qualifications:
A 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.
Minimum Qualifications:
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level of difficulty and responsibility in the Federal service as defined in the next paragraph.
Specialized experience is experience at or equivalent to which is directly related to the position which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position to include advising upon and performing professional and scientific work in the fields of public health, epidemiology, laboratory science, health economics, behavioral science and/or social science to support and advance the agency's scientific mission.
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 completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the education requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:
Additional information
The salary listed is Rest of U.S. (RUS); Locality pay will be adjusted to reflect location negotiated after selection. If selected, you will be required to sign a Statement of Understanding (SOU) for negotiable location requirements. For more information on locality and pay scales, please visit here.
May be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays. To Remain An Active Duty USPHS Commissioned Corps Officer
  • Join more than 6,500 highly qualified public health professionals as part of the U.S. Public Health Service. Overseen by the Surgeon General, you will be part of an elite and diverse team of professionals essential to public health leadership and exemplary clinical service.
  • PHS Officers interested in performing the duties of this position with the Commissioned Corps, you are welcome to apply and receive a courtesy referral. Note that a courtesy referral is not a competitive civil service process and does not provide civil service status for the selected employee. Click Here for the comparison chart of Commissioned Corps ranks to civil service, which advises you on potential billet rankings.
Additional selections may be made within the same geographical location CDC-wide.
Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may be authorized: No
Re-employed Annuitants may be considered to fill vacancies. If you have retired from federal service and are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet via
To view the questionnaire, click on the following link:
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document(s), view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Your qualifications will be evaluated and rated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):
  • Collaboration / Partnering
  • Conflict Management
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Data and Information Synthesis
  • Flexibility
  • Influencing/Negotiating
  • Oral Communication
  • Performance Management
  • Program Management
  • Public Health Knowledge
  • Research (2)
  • Research Translation
  • Team Building
  • Technical Credibility
  • Written Communication
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