Public Health Job Opportunities

Presidential Management Fellows Program

Since 1977 the PMF Program has matched outstanding graduate students with exciting Federal opportunities.

This rigorous, two-year paid fellowship includes challenging assignments, developmental assignments, and networking opportunities. Finalists appointed as PMFs are hired by Federal Agencies to engage in solving domestic and/or international issues in a variety of fields, such as public policy, foreign policy, business administration, engineering, science, technology, public health, cybersecurity, and more.

The PMF Program seeks eligible graduate students every year who want to make a difference through public service. 

The selection process for the Presidential Management Fellows Program consists of the following:

  1. Application
  2. On-Line Assessment
  3. Finalist Selection
  4. Agency Placement as a Fellow

More information about application and selection is available on the PMF website, at

If you are interested in federal employment, you should consider this program (many fellows go on to secure a permanent position). Recent years have seen a number of public health related positions, and we expect to see even more this year.

The website has a lot of helpful information for applicants on the Become a PMF tab. This year the application will be open from September 30th – October 14th.

UNMC 2020-2021 FWS Positions

All Federal Work Study (FWS) positions for the 2020-21 Academic Year are now posted.

A few things to know:

  • You must be eligible for FWS, according to your 2020-21 FAFSA. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact UNMC Financial Aid.
  • If you are a current/returning UNMC student, you may begin working in a position any time.
  • If you are an incoming/Fall 2020 UNMC student, your first day of work cannot be before the first day of classes (August 24th).
  • For more information about FWS, click here.
  • Reach out to the contact person for positions you are interested in, and they will provide any special application instructions.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact Brenda Nickol with COPH Career Services.

View available FWS positions at UNMC here.

Anti-Hunger Community Organizer

Nebraska Appleseed is hiring a full-time Anti-Hunger Community Organizer to work with their Economic Justice Program.

Organization Description

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We take a systems-based approach to complex issues – such as child welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – and we take our work wherever we believe we can do the most good, whether that’s in the courthouse, at the Capitol, or in the community.

NE DHHS Chronic Disease Positions

The Nebraska Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Program, within the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, currently has two open positions. We are seeking motivated and self-driven professionals to provide innovation, leadership, and guidance to organizations and partners in Nebraska.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs Coordinator – Closes 7/6/2020 11:59 PM CST

This position will predominately serve as the Evidence-Based Programs Coordinator (75%) and will assist with pharmacy-based initiatives aimed at improving management of diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol (25%). Evidence-based programs currently include the Living Well Programs (Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Diabetes Self-Management Program, Chronic Pain Self-Management Program) and Healthy Heart Ambassador Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program. This position works as part of a collaborative team to assure effective implementation and evaluation of program activities.

To learn more about the position and to apply click here.

Diabetes and Nutrition Programs Coordinator – Closes 7/10/20 11:59 PM CST

Serve as the subject matter expert for diabetes management and education programming with a focus on improving access to and participation Diabetes Self-Management Education & Support (DSMES) programs; enhancing DSMES coverage among insurers or employers; and improving quality of diabetes care among healthcare providers. This position works as part of a collaborative team to assure effective implementation and evaluation of program activities.

To learn more about the position and to apply click here.

Research Technician, UNL

Research Technician
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory and Pediatric Health Laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are seeking to hire a research technician. This person will have the opportunity to work across multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded projects focusing on the interplay between cognitive development (particularly executive control), environmental factors, health behaviors and health outcomes. The projects currently involve collecting data from adolescents and young adults who have participated in an ongoing longitudinal study since preschool. Adolescent health behaviors and outcomes of interest include diet, physical activity, sleep, substance use, obesity risk and mental health problems. Young adult data collection will include neuroimaging paradigms with particular relevance to obesity risk. A variety of methodologies are used across projects, including computer-based neuropsychological tasks; actigraphy; online 24-hour dietary recalls; mapping of community environments; interviews and standardized questionnaires; and fMRI.

Position involves conducting lab-based data collection sessions, assisting with scheduling participants for sessions, and assisting in the processing of data after sessions. Sessions for the adolescent studies include administering computer-based tasks to adolescents, administering questionnaires to adolescents and parents, and preparing participants for out-of-session data collection procedures. Sessions for the young adult study include assisting the MRI technologist with the neuroimaging data collection protocol and administering questionnaires. Some evening and weekend hours will be necessary for conducting data collection sessions. Opportunities for involvement in research dissemination, such as national conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications, are available based on interest.

Required qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, education, science, nursing or related health field. Strong written and verbal communication skills necessary. Must be organized, detail-oriented, and have ability to work as a part of a team. Preferred qualifications include experience working with adolescents and/or young adults, experience with research or with testing protocols, and training and/or experience in neuroscience.

Please direct any inquiries about the position to the project director, Timothy Nelson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, at or (402) 472-7707.
Review of applications will begin April 3 and continue until the position is filled. Target start date is June 1, 2020. To be considered for the position, please go to, requisition #S_200195 and click on “Apply to this job”. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is an EO/AA employer and encourages minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.