SENIOR STAFF FELLOW – Glycoconjugate Vaccines

Silver Spring, Maryland
Salary commensurate with education/experience.
June 25 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

SENIOR STAFF FELLOW – Glycoconjugate Vaccines

 (Chemist), RG-1320

Office of Vaccines Research and Review (OVRR)

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

The FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation & Research, Office of Vaccines Research and Review, Division of Bacterial, Parasitic and Allergenic is recruiting to fill a Senior Staff Fellow position to serve as a Principal Investigator in the Laboratory of Bacterial Polysaccharides (LBP). The LBP hosts a diverse group of principal investigators actively engaged in research relating to encapsulated bacterial pathogens and related model systems.  In addition to laboratory research, the candidate will perform regulatory review of licensed and investigational vaccines that target encapsulated pathogens.

The Principle Investigator (service track or tenured equivalent) will develop an independent research program in chemical biology of glycoconjugates. The research program will be within the Laboratory of Bacterial Polysaccharides with the goal of using recombinant technologies, metabolic engineering and/ synthetic biology as tools to improve the understanding of glycoconjugate vaccine synthesis and immunology.

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 U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders) only. No previous Federal experience is required. 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.


Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (M.D., D.V.M., etc.) with no less than 3 years of post-doctoral research experience in chemical biology, biochemistry, or a related field. The candidate will have demonstrated state-of-the-art research interests related to metabolic engineering and chemical biology of glycoconjugates, with direct relevance to development of therapeutics and bacterial vaccines; an outstanding publication record and research productivity; exceptional written and oral communication skills, with experience in scientific critique; and clear evidence of leadership potential. Applicants must also demonstrate that they meet the minimum requirements for the  Chemistry, RG-1320  occupational series to be considered.

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 TO APPLY: Submit electronic resume or curriculum vitae and supporting documentation to Willie Vann at Supporting documentation may include: brief summary of research accomplishments and interests, and names/contact information of three references. Applications will be accepted through August 24, 2019.  Please reference Job Code: OVRR-19-03-SCI.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Once the job opportunity announcement closes on (08/24/2019), 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

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