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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 the products of animal biotechnology and cell-based products for veterinary use (such as genetically engineered (GE) animals and stem cells). 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 and health. Specifically, you will provide veterinary expertise in the review of data supporting the approval of the products of animal biotechnology and cell-based products, including but not limited to, characterization of the product, biosurveillance and management of GE animals, donor eligibility for cell-based products, and evaluations of safety and effectiveness. You will assist in development of new regulatory policies designed to address new challenges brought forth by the latest developments in the animal biotechnology and regenerative medicine fields. Using a multi-disciplinary, team-based approach with other CVM and FDA colleagues, you will also work closely with developers of GE animals and cell-based products to guide them through the unique approval process associated with these products, including extensive interactions early in the development of their product and providing expertise on scientific questions and policy decisions related to the evaluation of these 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 veterinary medical assessments and animal health in companion and/or food animals. Applicants should possess an understanding of clinical applications of animal biotechnology and cell-based products; knowledge of animal disease agents; veterinary medical knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary for the evaluation of safety and/or effectiveness; and the ability to evaluate 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 February 4, 2018. **Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.**
Please submit your letter of interest, resume, and transcripts to: CVMOpportunities@fda.hhs.gov with the subject line of “SFGS-VMO-ABCTT”. Questions may also be directed to the CVM Opportunities mailbox.
FDA is an equal opportunity employer and is a smoke-free environment.