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.

The Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for implementing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.  This law gives FDA authority over tobacco products by adding a new chapter to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.  The Tobacco Control Act gives FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products and manufacturers based on the best available science and CTP is responsible for both assessing and fostering that science base.  CTP's actions have significant public health and consumer protection impact, and are among the most important issues faced by the Agency in its long and distinguished history.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Office of Science (OS), in Silver Spring, MD. This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement FDA-CTP-14-MP-1158295 under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area FDA-wide.


  • Apply epidemiologic theory, principles, and practice to the analysis and synthesis of data to inform and/or evaluate government policies and regulations related to tobacco products.
  • Work with multidisciplinary groups of researchers in the design, conduct, and/or analysis of epidemiologic studies, including national surveillance systems, to inform tobacco regulatory policy development.
  • Evaluate epidemiologic study proposals, protocols, and results and provide assessments and recommendations.
  • Serve on panels, committees, or task forces as a representative for the organization on complex and novel issues related to tobacco and population health.
  • Identify gaps in scientific knowledge, including through the use of systematic literature reviews, and develop approaches to address gaps, such as the initiation of new epidemiologic studies or secondary data analysis.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Estimated Percent Travel - 3%

Relocation Authorized

  • No