About FDA


Description of Duties:

  • Prepares for and conducts inspections of sites that perform nonclinical or clinical studies that have safety, efficacy, pharmacokinetic, bioavailability, bioequivalence, or pharmacodynamics or clinical endpoints.
  • Inspects and evaluates biopharmaceutical laboratory processes, personnel, documentation, storage facilities, and instrumentation for their capacity to generate accurate and reliable data.
  • Provides authoritative advice and guidance regarding aspects of inspectional findings, laboratory processes, laboratory data, or studies which fall in assigned area of review.
  • Reviews FDA staff inspection reports of clinical and nonclinical sites as well as clinical studies and nonclinical studies, including human and animal pharmacokinetic, bioavailability, or bioequivalence studies for human drugs.
  • Reviews non-FDA generated inspection reports of clinical or nonclinical sites, or clinical or nonclinical studies.
  • A four-year bachelor degree that included a major in an appropriate biological, medical, veterinary, or physical science, or in pharmacy that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry and physiology and 12 semester hours in pharmacology.
To qualify for higher-graded positions, candidates must have additional amounts of either professional pharmacy experience or directly related education. The amount of additional experience or education required depends on the grade of the position.
Grade (Salary) Level:
Federal General Schedule (GS) grade levels at which pharmacologists positions are commonly filled are:
  • GS-12/13 at the headquarters and field levels
Geographical Locations:
Pharmacologists are located at HQ (suburban Washington, D.C.) and in facilities throughout the U.S.


Page Last Updated: 12/01/2014
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