Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Center Name:
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Work Schedule:
Appointment Duration:
3-5 years initial appointment with opportunity for extension
Bargaining Unit Status:
Bargaining Unit

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 Research Industrial Hygienist position to work in the Noise and Bioacoustics Team, Engineering and Physical Hazards Branch (EPHB). 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, located in Cincinnati, OH.

This is a full-time position being offered as part of the CDC’s Service Fellowship program under Title 42 of the U.S. Code. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. CDC service fellows are considered federal employees with most of the rights and benefits provided to permanent civil service employees. The initial fellowship appointment will be for three to five years with potential for renewal based upon performance and available NIOSH funding. Salary will be based on education and experience. Fellows will be eligible for government health and retirement benefits.

Job Description
The Engineering and Physical Hazards Branch in the Division of Field Studies and Engineering, NIOSH conducts occupational safety and health research related to characterizing and controlling worker exposures to chemical and physical hazards.

The successful applicant will work with a multidisciplinary team of audiologists, engineers, and other occupational health scientists to support and conduct research studies and projects focused on the prevention of occupational hearing loss. The fellow will provide expertise in conducting industrial noise exposure measurements, field surveys, and hearing loss risk assessments for noise-exposed workers.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following:

Propose, design, and conduct research projects integrating noise exposure measurements and epidemiologic information for reducing the risk of occupational hearing loss
Coordinate multi-faceted projects to implement interventions or engineering controls in various workplaces and assess their effectiveness in reducing the risk of occupational hearing loss
Serve as a subject matter expert in the design and implementation of both laboratory and field-based research projects involving occupational noise exposure
Lead or serve on multidisciplinary project teams that analyze work processes, practices, and needs to conceptualize and design technical solutions for industrial noise problems
Collaborate and provide expert scientific and technical advice to develop guidelines and directions for future policy development within NIOSH; assist other federal agencies as well as various state health agencies and other organizations, as requested
Identify and analyze occupational health issues and their impact on industrial operations and safety and the public health community at large
Consult with scientists, statisticians, and program management to support research studies/projects through application of best public health practices in all aspects of the study or survey including design, implementation, analysis, and interpretation
Present research findings at scientific conferences; publish government reports and scientific manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals

Basic Qualifications
GS-12 or Equivalent:

This position requires a master’s degree or higher with a major study in industrial hygiene, occupational health sciences, occupational and environmental health, or an academic field related to the work of the position. A minimum of ten years of research experience and a history of peer-reviewed journal publications in occupational safety and health are required.

Note: Degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.

Highly qualified candidates would possess the following:

Experience in the design, development, and implementation of research studies involving occupational health hazards associated with a wide variety of industrial work situations, including large-scale, complex, and hazardous industrial operations
Expertise in the effects of occupational exposures to noise, ototoxic chemicals, and other hazardous agents
Expertise in the selection, fitting, and evaluation of hearing protection devices for industrial workers
Expertise in conducting comprehensive systematic literature reviews, statistical data analysis, and publication of research findings

Basic Requirements
Both US citizens and non-US citizens 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

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:

Curriculum vitae or resume
Cover letter – describing past and current laboratory experience
Copies of 2-3 significant publications
Unofficial transcript(s)
Contact information for three references

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.

For further information, review the new hire information page.

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
Email all required documentation listed above to: NIOSH Recruitment at NIOSHJobs@CDC.gov by 11:59 PM EDT July 8, 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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