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HHS Science Policy Fellowship

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, District of Columbia

Position Description:

A research opportunity is currently available in the Office of Science and Data Policy within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) located in Washington, DC.

ASPE advises the HHS Secretary on policy development, leads special initiatives, coordinates the Department's evaluation, research and demonstration activities, and manages cross-Department planning activities such as strategic planning, legislative planning, and review of regulations. 

The selected fellow would be mentored by a team of policy, public health, and economic experts who focus on biomedical science and public health policies, including federal efforts to address infectious diseases and combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through evidence-based policymaking. The fellow would participate in quantitative analytic projects to develop, maintain, and disseminate awareness of ongoing trends in infectious diseases, including work with the federal interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB). In addition to direct mentorship by the ASPE team, the fellow would have the opportunity to work with a broad set of federal and non-federal stakeholders and would develop skills in policy analysis and research, strategic planning, and coordination for a large-scale public health initiative.  

Additional learning opportunities include:
  • Developing (if necessary) and maintaining subject matter expertise on issues relevant to biomedical science and public health policy in order to provide review and analysis of related topic areas for the annual HHS budget and legislative development process, as well as reviewing and analyzing relevant regulations, legislation, executive directives, reports, and other documents for policy implications and alignment with HHS priorities.
  • Supporting research and evaluation activities to inform decisions about program improvement, regulations, and/or policy making related to biomedical science and public health issues.
  • Drafting internal and external correspondence, reports, presentations, talking points, and other materials for use by staff, management, and/or senior ASPE leadership in briefing key stakeholders and other leadership, including the HHS Secretary.


  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Engineering
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Other Non-S&E
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences

To Apply:

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This post will be available until February 19, 2021 or until filled.

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