Deputy Director for Research Translation, Office of Smoking and Health

Wallops Island, Virginia
Sep 25, 2022
Oct 03, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

Major Duties:
  • Provides scientific leadership in the field of biomedical research, including behavioral research.
  • Provides senior scientific leadership to coordinate and lead expert scientists in the development, and peer and senior scientific review of high impact tobacco-related scientific reports.
  • Cultivates collaborative partnerships that involve high priority projects with the potential for significant public health impact.
  • Provides scientific leadership in the evaluation of high impact public health tobacco control strategies and the dissemination of data on these strategies in reports, scientific publications, and major technical reports and guidance documents.
  • Provides strategic direction on policies, programmatic activities, partnerships, innovative data and analytic approaches, management, and operations for health equity and social determinants of health.
  • Provides senior scientific leadership and guidance on global, national or state/local tobacco surveillance systems, improving the quality and implementation of survey protocols, preparing country fact sheets and reports, country survey results, and integrating tobacco questions into other national surveillance systems.


Conditions of Employment

  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.


Current federal employees must be at or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level or above to be considered for this position.

Basic Qualifications for RS-0601: Applicants must possess a degree in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (external link) at the time the degree was obtained.

In addition to the basic qualifications requirement, applicants must have earned a doctoral level degree in biomedicine or a biological related field, or a doctoral or master's level degree in engineering, bioinformatics, or a related or emerging field.

Candidates must show clear evidence of specialized experience. Specialized experience is that which is directly related to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, such as directing the translation and evaluation of high impact tobacco prevention and control strategies and data that address public health priorities for chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This position has a positive education requirement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit transcripts or a list of applicable courses with their application package. This also applies to status applicants who are applying to a position in a different occupational series than they are currently or were previously appointed. Applicants who do not submit their transcripts (or list of applicable course work) will be evaluated based on the information provided in their application package (and/or resume) along with their responses to a self-certification question asking if they meet the basic qualifications listed in the vacancy announcement. Those deemed tentatively qualified will be referred for consideration. If selected, applicants will be required to provide an official transcript prior to the final job offer. If the official transcript does not support the educational requirements of the position, the applicant will be considered ineligible for the 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
  • such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program, or that full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.
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Additional information

The senior scientist level compensation package is commensurate with qualifications and experience and may result in a higher salary than reflected above. This position is located in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To view the questionnaire, click on the following link:

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document(s), view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

CDC Financial Disclosure: HHS fosters a work environment committed to government ethics. Through its ethics program, HHS seeks to prevent conflicts of interest on the part of executive branch employees. A conflict-free HHS allows its public servants to make impartial decisions based on the interests of the public when carrying out governmental responsibilities, to serve as good stewards of public resources, and to loyally adhere to the Constitution and laws of the United States. As an executive branch employee, you will be subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct and the criminal conflict of interest statutes. An introduction to federal ethics will be available during orientation. You must complete the remainder of your initial ethics training during your first three months at HHS. Further details on this will be provided during orientation.
You might be required to a file a public or confidential financial disclosure report within 30 days of your appointment. You will receive formal notification if a disclosure report is required. This can require information such as recent sources of income, financial interests you hold, and outside activities you participate in, as well as similar information from a spouse or any dependent children. If you have questions, please contact the Deputy Ethics Counselor or Ethics Coordinator for your office, which you can find here: