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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation (ONADE), Animal Bioengineering and Cellular Therapies Team is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Veterinary Medical Officer. The Team protects public and animal health through science and risk based decision making in the evaluation of animal biotechnology and cell-based products for veterinary use. In this role, you will have a significant impact on the development and approval of these FDA-regulated articles that may benefit and improve the practice of both veterinary and human medicine. Specifically, you will provide veterinary and cell biology expertise in the review of data supporting the approval of cell-based products for veterinary use, including but not limited to characterization of the cell product, donor eligibility, safety, and effectiveness of cell-based products. You will assist in development of new regulatory policies designed to address new challenges brought forth by the latest developments in the regenerative medicine field. You will also work closely with developers of cell-based products to guide them through the unique approval process associated with these products, including extensive interactions early in product development, and providing expertise on scientific questions and policy decisions related to the evaluation of cell-based products. This position may be filled through FDA’s Staff Fellowship Program with an appointment up to 2 years with opportunity for renewal or through the General Schedule.
Applicants should have experience performing weight of evidence, risk-based evaluations of data and information relevant to cell-based products such as clinical applications of cell-based products, factors that impact the biological activity of cells, methods for determining clinical comparability of cell-based products, evaluating donor selection criteria and infectious disease testing methods, evaluating the safety and/or effectiveness of cell-based products including methods for evaluating immunogenicity and tumorigenicity risks, and evaluating current guidelines and policies for relevance to the regenerative medicine and biotechnology fields.
ONADE offers many benefits and operates in a hoteling work environment. Hoteling is an arrangement where employees reserve non-dedicated, non-permanent workspace at the Rockville duty station on an as-needed basis and as required, and telework when not at the Rockville duty station. ONADE provides the basic technology (e.g., laptop, monitors, webcam) needed to effectively work in the Rockville office and in a teleworking location. Hoteling, along with a strong telework program and strong electronic communication and workflow tools, affords employees in ONADE the flexibility to balance work/life demands while contributing to our high performing organization.
The position is located in Rockville, Maryland and is available immediately. Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified persons, including non-citizens with permanent residency status. Further information regarding qualification requirements can be found at the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0700/veterinary-medical-science-series-0701/
The vacancy announcement will close January 6, 2018 **Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.**
To apply, you must submit your letter of interest, resume, and transcripts to: CVMOpportunities@fda.hhs.gov with the subject line of “VMO-ABCTT”. Questions may also be directed to the CVM Opportunities mailbox.
FDA is an equal opportunity employer and is a smoke-free environment.