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.

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.


PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement. Candidates will be referred to the selecting official as Commissioned Corps (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.


This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSHR), Division of Mining Research Operations (DMRO), Ground Control Branch (GCB), Spokane, Washington.


This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-CDC-D2-13-878794 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.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical location.


CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The incumbent will be responsible for the integrity of seismological processing of network data, seismic velocity model development, event magnitude calibration, implementation of software tools for analysis, display and distribution of seismic data, failure-mechanism interpretations, and general timely analysis of seismic response to mining activities.  Coordinates projects and serves as an advisor to scientists/engineers and offices in program offices both internally and externally in the area of mining ground control.  Provides technical assistance; reviews documents; serves on scientific/engineering task forces and committees.  Serves as a senior scientist in planning, directing, and coordinating projects intended to increase understanding of causes of mining-related seismic events in order to develop methods to mitigate risk from these hazards.  Performs research and laboratory-scale development studies as required.  Plans and coordinates methods development and applications projects in support of major agency scientific/engineering programs.  Publishes reports of research in peer-reviewed scientific journals, contributes to NIOSH technical documents, presents papers at scientific conferences, and represents the Laboratory or Institute to other Federal agencies, professional societies, state governments and private entities.  Performs other duties as assigned.