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Job Title:  Epidemiologist - NIAID - MP
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  National Institutes of Health
Job Announcement Number:  NIH-NIAID-MP-14-1058572

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
Thursday, February 27, 2014 to Monday, March 03, 2014
Full Time - Agency Employees Only
1 vacancy in the following location:
Montgomery County, MD View Map
This vacancy is open to current permanent Title 5 NIAID employees and candidates with CTAP eligibility.
Not Applicable


This position is located in the International Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), Section (IHSS), Laboratory of Immunoregulation (LIR), Division of Intramural Research (DIR), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The major theme of LIR is the elucidation of cellular and molecular mechanisms of the regulation of the human immune response in health and disease.   The IHSS research focuses on investigating the parameters that effect HIV disease in international settings.   Specifically, the IHSS (1) defines the unique epidemiologic, clinical, virologic, and immunologic features of HIV infection in developing countries; (2) examines the viral kinetics and other biological and behavioral factors associated with HIV transmission; (3) characterizes the molecular strains of HIV by region for infectiousness, transmission, and immunologic response; (4) develops and evaluates novel interventions to prevent HIV transmission, including microbicides, circumcision and vaccines; (5) examines the efficacy of antiretroviral drugs in preventing transmission and increasing survival in developing countries; (6) defines the epidemiology, risk factors, and transmission of C. trachomatis genital tract infections in individuals internationally; (7) defines the immunopathogenesis of C. trachomatis infection in pelvic inflammatory diseases, infertility and blinding trachoma; and (8) implements clinical trials aimed at facilitation of more effective control of blinding trachoma in Africa.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Time in grade met within 30 days of closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.


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If selected for this position, you will serve as a Staff Scientist in the IHSS, responsible for performing epidemiological investigations of HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV), and herpes simplex virus (HSV)-2 in support of the Section Chief.  Specific duties may include:


  • Serve as a staff scientist in support of the IHSS Chief, performing a wide range of complex, highly visible molecular epidemiologic studies in the HIV field, with a specific focus on determining how viruses are introduced into a community.
  • Conduct epidemiologic studies of HIV, HCV and HSV-2, using molecular and serologic techniques resulting in new discoveries regarding the driving forces of local epidemics occurring in countries across the world.
  • Conduct experiments to significantly advance the understanding of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Perform research that often results in the identification of significant technical limitations of current methodologies, for which insights and recommendations are generated for improving on them.
  • Research and develop new ways of identification of individuals recently infected with HIV.
  • Prepare and submit numerous manuscripts for publication in prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Create new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in addition to extending or modifying existing SOPs regarding assigned research areas, including standard practices, equipment, devices, processes, techniques, and other laboratory policies and procedures.
  • Serve as Director of the HIV Incidence Core of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HTPN) Laboratory.


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A degree in a major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. 




In addition to the basic requirement, you must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13, level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following types of tasks:  preparing comprehensive reports of epidemiologic study results that include discussion of substantive health issues and research objectives; identifying, analyzing, and reporting on emerging epidemiological public health issues; assessing the adequacy and quality of data used in epidemiological analyses; explaining the methodologies, results, and relevance to health issues as they relate to the epidemiological problem under study; providing technical assistance to other professionals on the use of complex statistical and epidemiologic techniques; initiating, planning and conducting epidemiological research; developing procedures and methodology to modify epidemiological data; and overseeing and monitoring awards of public health contracts, grants, cooperative agreements involving epidemiologic studies.



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This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copyof your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hourscompleted and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in theapplication package. Official transcripts will be required from all selecteesprior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education . If you are currently orwere previously in this occupation series you do not need to submittranscripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.


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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.


We are unable to provide relocation expenses. 


Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.


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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.  You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:


  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire. Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)



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The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Monday, March 03, 2014.

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.
  4. If submitting a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), or equivalent, submit one that shows the effective date of your current position and the full performance level. You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from your HR Office or, if you are an HHS employee, from eOPF. If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via: National Personnel Records Center, Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL, 62295; FAX - 618-935-3014; Email CPR; or visit the National Archives Website.


Teresa Leary
Phone: (301)402-3907
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
10401 Fernwood Road 2D19
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Monday, March 03, 2014, you may check your status online at USAJOBS We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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