Staff Fellow Position-Animal Scientist/Veterinary Medical Officer/Biologist
Food and Drug Administration/Center for Veterinary Medicine
Location: Rockville, Maryland
Type: Full Time
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation (ONADE), Division of Food Animal Drugs is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Animal Scientist, Veterinary Medical Officer, or Biologist. The Division of Food Animal Drugs evaluates the target animal safety and effectiveness of new animal drugs for food-producing animals. The majority of our work is in pigs, chickens, turkeys, beef cattle, dairy cattle, and fish. Through our independent and collaborative evaluations, we support the Center’s scientific and regulatory goals. This position will be filled through FDA’s Staff Fellowship program.
As a member of the Division, you will have a significant impact on the determination of whether an application to market a new animal drug should be approved based on scientific grounds, governing laws, and regulations. Specifically, you will:
Determine the safety and effectiveness of the drug and assesses the adequacy of labeled warnings and directions for use; and
Consult with FDA chemists, toxicologists, biometricians, animal scientists, veterinarians, and attorneys involved in the science and policy of the drug approval process; and
Meet with technical and regulatory staff from the pharmaceutical industry to discuss the roadmap to approval, appropriate experimental design in the development of protocols, feedback for on-going studies, and review of submitted data; and
Meet with regulators from other countries and agencies to collaborate on common regulatory issues.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. or D.V.M. in the Animal Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, or Biology (or related fields) and/or a combination of relevant education and experience based on OPM guidelines. We are seeking applicants with:
Experience in one or more of the following areas: food-producing animal physiology and medicine, reproduction, genetics, nutrition, meat science, or management, and knowledge of emerging technologies; and
Experience in swine; and
Understanding of broad inferences using information from a variety of sources, sometimes limited in nature; and
Knowledge of experimental design and statistics; and
Excellent writing and verbal skills; and
Due to the immensity of its charge, CVM depends upon a diverse and dedicated workforce. We recognize the importance of multi-disciplinary teamwork in reaching superior and timely regulatory decisions therefore we foster an atmosphere where every employee’s contribution is important. New concepts, ideas, and creative approaches to improve current operations and to meet existing and future challenges are encouraged. Our goal is to not only enable our employees to positively impact the Center today, but to prepare our workforce for the demands, responsibilities, and career opportunities of tomorrow.
This position may be eligible for Remote Work. Remote work means the residence is the full-time official duty location. The salary is determined by the locality pay of the official duty station. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2022/general-schedule/. If selected for a remote work position, you must have access to high speed internet and cell phone service meeting current Agency standards from the approved work location within the Contiguous United States and sign a remote work agreement. Employees can be required to report to work on-site at their supervisor’s direction when in-person presence is needed. ONADE provides the basic technology (e.g., laptop, monitors, webcam) needed to effectively accomplish the work.
The position will be filled through FDA’s Staff Fellowship program. Appointments will be made up for up to two years with potential opportunities for renewal. The salary range is equivalent to GS-11/12/13 based on experience and education. Further information regarding qualification requirements can be found by visiting the following links:
Please submit your letter of interest, resume, and transcripts to: CVMOpportunities@fda.hhs.gov with the subject line of “ONADE Staff Fellow Animal Scientist/VMO/Biologist Position –Working at CVM.”
Questions may also be directed to the CVM Opportunities mailbox. Applications will be accepted through March 30, 2023.
**Applications will be reviewed, and interviews will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.**
About Food and Drug Administration/Center for Veterinary Medicine
Join the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) in the protection of human and animal health. As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, CVM has regulatory authority over food, food additives, drugs, and devices for animals. These animals include those from which human foods are derived, as well as pet (or companion) animals. We are responsible for regulating the food, food additives, drugs, and devices given to over one hundred million companion animals, plus millions of poultry, cattle, swine, and minor animal species. As a high performance organization, we strive for excellence, innovation, and leadership across all operations and occupations. Learn more about why CVM is the best fit for your talents and keep in touch with us about future job and/or internship opportunities. Begin your career with CVM today. Start by visiting here: https://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofFoods/CVM/ucm554240.htm.