Medical Devices

Postdoctoral Fellowship at the FDA: Mass Spectrometrist for Proteomics Research

The Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL) is the laboratory of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) of the Food and Drug Administration. 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.

Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship – 1 year (may be extended)
Division: Division of Chemistry and Materials Science
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Compensation: ~$70,000/ per year (depending on education and experience)

POSITION INFORMATION: This appointment is offered through the CDRH Postgraduate Research Participation Program and is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The program is open to all qualified U.S. and non-U.S citizens without regard to race, color, age religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or disabled veteran. The individual selected for appointments will not become employees of ORISE, ORAU, DOE, FDA, CDRH, or any other office or agency. Program participants will be paid a monthly stipend.This is an educational program and candidates should be within 5 years after Ph.D. completion.

The fellow will perform all elements of an in vitro cell culture based proteomics study for toxicological assessment. The fellow will be responsible for working with the supervisor to design and carry out experiments, analyze data, communicate results, and write manuscripts and other reports.

The Ph.D. fellow should have expertise in all or most of the following areas (demonstrated by a publication record): in vitro cell culture and viability assays, SILAC labeling and maintenance of mammalian cell lines, gel electrophoresis, tryptic digestion, LC/MS, ICP-MS, proteomics, peptide identification, pathway analysis, and multivariate statistical techniques.

The fellow should have experience operating high resolution LC/MS instrumentation, preferably using a nanospray ionization source. Additional experience processing data independently of proprietary software and querying public databases for protein and pathway identification is highly desirable.

How to Apply
Qualified applicants may send their cover letter, resume or CV, and contact information of three professional references to This is not a career-conditional competitive position.

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