Staff Fellow (Research-Review Scientist) – Personalized Cancer Vaccines-Immunotherapy

Silver Spring, Maryland
Salary commensurate with education/experience.
May 03 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
PhD Fellowship



Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies (OTAT)

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

The Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies (OTAT), Division of Cellular and Gene Therapies (DCGT) is recruiting to fill a Staff Fellow position in Tumor Vaccines and Biotechnology Branch. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to serve in a research fields relevant to regulation of cell and gene therapy, including cellular immunotherapy, personalized cancer vaccines, and cellular and gene therapy product manufacturing. Duties include researching programs that complement existing expertise in the laboratory and relates to the safety and efficacy of cellular immunotherapy products including genetically-modified CAR-T cells and cancer vaccines.  Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to review regulatory applications and help develop policy and guidance for cell and gene therapy product development.

This position will be filled through the Service Fellowship program. The appointment is for up to four years with opportunities for renewal. Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified persons, including U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens holding valid immigration status and work authorization at the FDA. No previous Federal experience is required. 


BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Biology, RG-0401: Degree in Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, -OR- Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (M.D., D.V.M., etc.) required and at least two years of relevant postdoctoral laboratory experience.

DESIRED EXPERIENCE: Expertise in Cellular Immunotherapy, Genetically-modified T cells, and Personalized cancer vaccines is required.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit the U.S. Department of Education website for Foreign Education Evaluation.

SALARY: Salary commensurate with education/experience.

LOCATION: Silver Spring, MD

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Once the job opportunity announcement closes on (05/31/2019), however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Your application will be reviewed to determine your eligibility for Federal employment, and then whether or not you are qualified for this particular position. See the USAJOBS help article "What is the difference between eligibility and qualifications?" for more information. If you are referred to the hiring manager, you may be contacted at their discretion for an interview.

Qualification determinations will be based on the information provided in your application and the requirements of the position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • Background and/or Security investigation required.
  • This appointment does not confer any entitlement to a position in the competitive service, and there is no entitlement to Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeals rights.
  • If applicant is an U.S. Citizen, males born on, or after, December 31st, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an approved exemption. Visit for more info.
  • Prohibited financial interest restrictions may apply. For additional information on the prohibited financial interests, please visit the FDA Ethics and Integrity Office website at

HOW TO APPLY: Submit electronic resume or curriculum vitae and supporting documentation to CBER Recruitment at . Supporting documentation include: bibliography, summary of research accomplishments, and names/contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin on or about May 31, 2019 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please reference Job Code: OTAT-19-03-SCI.

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