Medical Devices

FDA Digital Library of Modeling and Simulation

Research Project Description

Closing Date: Open until filled

Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories
Center for Devices and Radiological Health
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Silver Spring, MD

Project Description:

This project is to customize existing open-source digital library software to enable the management, preservation, and retrieval of scientific research data and simulations. This will involve creation and deployment of a back-end repository and front-end web application using a Hydra Framework (

Specific duties include:

  • Work closely with the FDA team to design and implement a repository infrastructure, using open source software, that supports the ingestion, preservation, and delivery of digital objects (text, xml, images, videos, binary).
  • Develop and implement workflows to extract and repurpose metadata and digital objects.
  • Customize user interface to open source repository applications for end-user delivery.
  • Keep abreast with the digital library software and infrastructure development communities.
  • Write and maintain documentation.


Applicants must have a B.S. in Computer Science (minimum), or a related field, from an accredited U.S. college or university, and be within 5 years from the awarding of their degree. This project is being offered as part of The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) fellowship, research and internship program, managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). This program is designed to provide training and educational opportunities through partnerships with federal agencies, academia and industry. To learn more about the program, please visit:

The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is preferred (but can also hold an appropriate visa status, however, an H1B visa is not appropriate). The participant must provide proof of medical insurance. The participant does not become an FDA employee. The appointment will be full-time for one year and may be renewed for up to three additional years upon recommendation of FDA and subject to availability of funds.

The appointment will be served at the FDA facility in Silver Spring, MD. The participant will receive a monthly stipend, commensurate with experience.

Desired Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience using Ruby on Rails, Java for web-based projects. Repository experience a plus.
  • Understanding of relational database design using SQL Server, Oracle, or MySQL.
  • Effective communication skills: orally and in writing, working with all levels of staff.
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment applying user-centered design and agile development practices.
  • Candidates should be prepared to share and discuss their programming portfolio.


A research project training opportunity is currently available at the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Silver Spring, MD. The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), part of the U.S. FDA, ensures that medical devices are safe and effective as authorized by the 1976 Medical Device Amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, helps reduce unnecessary exposure to radiation from medical, occupational, and consumer products as authorized by the Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act of 1968, and assures the quality of mammography as authorized by the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992.

The Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL) is the laboratory of CDRH of the FDA. OSEL performs product testing; develops reliable standardized test methods for CDRH and industry use; performs anticipatory scientific investigations on emerging technologies; contributes laboratory data to national and international standards used in CDRH decision making; provides scientific and technical training for CDRH staff members; and maintains laboratory collaborations and relationships with scientific researchers in academia and other Federal laboratories. OSEL also coordinates and oversees CDRH’s activities that support the development of national and international standards.

How to Apply:

To apply, please send a copy of your resume or CV to Donna Lochner, Associate Director, OSEL/CDRH/FDA at

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