Silver Spring, Maryland
Salary is commensurate with education and experience, with excellent benefits package.
August 12 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Senior Scientist


Office of Vaccines Research and Review (OVRR)

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


The FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Office of Vaccines Research and Review (OVRR), Division of Bacterial, Parasitic and Allergenic Products (DBPAP) is recruiting to fill a Senior Staff Fellow position to serve as a Principal Investigator (PI) in the Laboratory of Respiratory and Special Pathogens.

Members of DBPAP are actively engaged in research for a variety of areas including, studies examining the immune response to bacterial vaccines, as well as molecular analysis of bacterial pathogens. These investigators lead research teams in the fields of immunology, microbiology and gene therapy employing state-of-the-art techniques to address critical public health issues as part of the CBER mission. DBPAP is located at the FDA’s White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland and is part of the CBER research program, which includes more than 100 principal investigators. The newly built laboratory complex at White Oak includes core facilities, such as next generation sequencing and bioinformatic analysis, flow cytometry, confocal and electron microscopy.

The selected candidate will be responsible for developing an independent research program in molecular biology, microbial pathogenesis, or host-pathogen interactions with relevance to the field of bacterial protein vaccines. As a Principal Investigator, you will also perform the following duties:

  • Directing cutting-edge laboratory research
  • Participate in the regulatory review of licensed and experimental vaccines and novel treatment modalities.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: This position is multidisciplinary, and applicants will be required to meet the specific qualification requirements of the applicable occupational series. Occupational series which may be considered include Biology (0401), Microbiology (0403), or Chemistry (1320). Please refer to the link for each occupational series for more information regarding specific education requirements. 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Biomedical or equivalent doctoral degree (M.D., D.V.M., etc.) is required. Successful candidates should have an outstanding publication record of research productivity, exceptional written and oral communication skills, experience in scientific critique, and clear evidence of leadership potential.

REQUIRED SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Candidates must have at least 3 years postdoctoral experience in microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, or a related field. In addition, he/she must have demonstrated state-of-the-art research accomplishments related to mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions or bacterial protein vaccines.

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 is commensurate with education and experience, with excellent benefits package.

LOCATION: Silver Spring, MD

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Once the job opportunity announcement closes on (10/8/2019), your application will be reviewed to determine your qualification for this position. 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.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: 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 candidates, 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. 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.

  • Background and/or Security investigation required.
  • 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 .

HOW TO APPLY: Submit electronic resume or curriculum vitae with a cover letter containing a brief summary of scientific accomplishments and the names/contact information of three references to CBER Recruitment at In addition, include a statement of proposed research direction and how it would be applicable the research areas described in this announcement (maximum 500 words).  Applications and all supporting documentation will be accepted through October 8, 2019.  Please reference Job Code: OVRR-19-05-SCI.

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