Job Overview


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Office of Science.


Join HHS/FDA/Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) and help make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.  CTP is the newest arm of the FDA.  CTP is the principal Federal agency charged to establish tobacco regulations in order to decrease the tremendous toll of diseases, disability and death caused by tobacco use in the United States.


Who May Apply:  Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments; displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service; Military Spouses; PHS Commissioned Corps Officers; and individuals with disabilities.


This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-FDA-CTP-DE-13-866433 under competitive procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under competitive procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations within FDA.


Certain positions within the FDA are subject to restrictions on financial holdings (FDA regulated financial holdings).  To determine whether the position is affected, applicants are advised to seek additional information during the interview process from the Ethics and Integrity Staff, Office of Management Programs, Office of Management at (301) 796-8440 prior to accepting such a position.


The successful candidate will perform the following duties:


  • Applies epidemiologic theory, principles, and practice to the analysis of data to inform and/or evaluate government policy and regulations related to tobacco products.
  • Participates with scientists and program specialists in the design and conduct of surveys and/or epidemiologic studies.
  • Analyzes epidemiologic data, including from national surveillance systems, to inform tobacco regulatory policy development.
  • Analyzes study or project implementation procedures and works with program specialists and/or scientists to make improvements.
  • Evaluates epidemiologic study proposals, protocols, and results and provides assessment and recommendation.
  • Serves on panels, committees, or task forces as a representative for the organization on scientific, technical, or professional issues.
  • Works with multidisciplinary groups of researchers including subject matter experts, professionals and/or contractors through the planning, implementation, and/or evaluation phases of a project.
  • Identifies gaps in scientific knowledge and develops approaches to address gaps, and solve novel, difficult and/or unexpected programs.
  • Assists in the writing of comprehensive reports, manuscripts, and literature reviews.