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Description of Duties:
  • Inspect sites that perform nonclinical or clinical studies that have safety, efficacy, bioequivalence, bioavailability, or pharmacokinetic endpoints
  • Provide advice and guidance regarding aspects of inspection findings, laboratory processes, or studies
  • Review inspection reports of clinical and nonclinical sites and studies related to human and animal bioequivalence, bioavailability, or pharmacokinetics
  • Evaluate animal safety and efficacy studies and in vitro bioequivalence studies to verify clinical trial data submitted to the FDA
  • 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.