Staff Fellow/Visiting Associate: Viral Vaccines

Silver Spring, Maryland
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
April 23 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Staff Fellow/Visiting Associate: Viral Vaccines

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 and Research (CBER), Office of Vaccines Research and Review (OVRR), Division of Viral Products (DVP) is recruiting to fill a Staff Fellow/Visiting Associate position within the Laboratory of Hepatitis Viruses.

Members of DVP are actively engaged in research on a variety of viral pathogens as well as live and inactivated vaccines. The DVP is located at the FDA White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland and is part of the CBER research program, which includes more than 70 principal investigators. These investigators lead research teams in the fields of virology, bacteriology and gene therapy employing state-of-the-art techniques to address critical public health issues as part of the CBER mission. In addition to BSL-3, ABSL-3 and animal care facilities, the newly built laboratory complex at White Oak includes core facilities, such as flow cytometry and confocal and electron microscopy.

The selected candidate will be part of an exciting research program studying T cell and B cell responses to hepatitis C virus vaccines!

RESPONSIBILITIES: As a Staff Fellow/Visiting Associate, the candidate will perform the following major duties:

  • Conducting studies as part of an exciting research program applicable to the area of viral vaccines.
  • Performing regulatory review of licensed and experimental vaccines and novel treatment modalities.


BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences (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. in Immunology, Virology or equivalent doctoral degree (M.D., D.V.M., DVM., or Sc.D. etc.) is required.

REQUIRED SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Candidates must have demonstrated state-of-the-art research interests related to virology, immunology of viral diseases, or viral pathogenesis with direct relevance to the development and evaluation of new viral vaccines. The candidate should have experience handling small animals and have an excellent publication record of research productivity. Experience with hepatitis C virus is not required. Individuals with expertise in immunology, flow cytometry, and T cell studies are especially desirable.

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.

LOCATION: Silver Spring, MD

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: This position will be filled through the Service Fellowship program. The appointment provides up to (4) 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.

  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • Official Transcripts required
  • Background and/or Security investigation required.
  • If applicant is a 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 FDA Ethics and Integrity Office.

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 referees to Marian Major at Applications and all supporting documentation will be accepted through July 1, 2020. Please reference Job Code: OVRR-20-03-SCI.

HHS/FDA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status

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