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Medical Officer (OBE)

Department of Health and Human Services
Food and Drug Administration
Center for Biologics Evaluation & Research
Office of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Medical Officer

The FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Office of Biostatistics and Epidemiology is recruiting a Medical Officer to serve in the Division of Epidemiology.   This Division is responsible for monitoring the safety of biological products (including but not limited to blood and blood derived products, vaccines, tissue allografts, and cellular and gene therapies).  A key function of medical officers is conducting epidemiologic analyses on nationwide safety surveillance data to inform regulatory decisions. 

Medical officers monitor the safety of a varied portfolio of FDA regulated biological products throughout the product lifecycle.  Duties include review and analysis of safety data from passively reported adverse events, randomized controlled trials, observational epidemiologic studies, and the medical literature.  In addition, medical officers participate in pre-licensure review of applications for new products by evaluating pharmacovigilance plans and assisting in the design of post-licensure safety studies. Safety surveillance and analytic work frequently includes collaboration with colleagues in other federal agencies, industry, and academia.  Other duties include reporting to federal advisory committees, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and serving on interdisciplinary FDA workgroups.

Must be a U.S. Citizen with a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. [A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).] Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  GP-15 positions may be subject to peer review.

Specialized Experience: 
Applicants should be board certified in a medical field recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.  In addition, they should have practical experience in applied epidemiology and/or an advanced degree in public health, epidemiology, or biostatistics. 

Desired Qualifications:
The candidate should be able to independently manage complex projects and should possess good interpersonal skills.  Strong oral and written communication skills are necessary.  Experience or training in public health surveillance and information technology (e.g., statistical software) is important.

Salary Range:
Salary is equivalent to GP-602-14/15 plus physician market pay (Title 38).  Salary is commensurate with education and experience.  These positions may also be filled by appointment in the US Public Health Service, Commissioned Corps.  An excellent benefits package including flexible workplace options and paid professional development including time for clinical practice is also available. 

Rockville, Maryland

How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae to: CBER.Employment@fda.hhs.gov.  Please reference Job Code:   OBE/DM-1.  Individuals who remain under consideration after interviews will be asked to submit official transcripts from medical and graduate schools as well as three professional reference letters prior to an offer of employment.