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Chemical Engineer

Chemical Engineer


Description of Duties

  • Provide scientific expertise in areas of chemistry and engineering on issues related to pharmaceutical manufacturing, formulation development, and drug product performance.
  • Review drug applications to determine the adequacy of Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC) and conduct/manage research to develop new and improve existing CMC standards.
  • Provide leadership and guidance in the understanding and regulation of physical and mechanical processes of manufacturing products and related quality control procedures.
  • Respond to citizen petitions and inquiries from congressional representatives, national and international organizations on matters related to the processes involved in the design, manufacture, and control of generic drugs.


  • Completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in professional engineering; or combination of college-level education, training, or technical experience; or current registration as a professional engineer by a State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico, or passing the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or written test required for professional registration, administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in a State, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico with 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience; or 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering; or completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in a professional field, e.g. chemistry, with at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision.
  • One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal government.

Grade (Salary) Level

Federal General Schedule (GS) grade levels at which chemical engineer positions are commonly filled are:

  • GS-12 and 13 at the headquarters and field levels

Note: Higher-grade levels in both headquarters and field offices are available based on peer review of individual accomplishments or supervisory responsibilities.

Geographical Locations

Chemical Engineers are located at HQ (suburban Washington, D.C.) and in facilities throughout the U.S.

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