Medical Devices

Postdoctoral Fellowship at the FDA

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.

Opening Date: June 6, 2014

Closing Date: June 30, 2014

POSITION: Post-doctoral researcher 1 Year (may be extended)

Division: Division of Chemistry and Materials Science

Location: Silver Spring, MD

Compensation: $70,000/year (depending on experience and qualification).

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. The participants may be located at any FDA-approved location. This is an educational program and candidates must be within 5 years after Ph.D graduation.

Position Description: The candidate would be part of a collaborative team in the Division of Chemistry and Materials Science (DCMS), in the Office of Science and Engineering Labs (OSEL), at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the Food and Drug Administration. The team objectives are to conduct research in support of the regulatory and public health mission of the FDA in the areas of elucidate the unintended interaction between materials and drug products, and its influence on polymer/drug stability, including characterization of leachables and degradation products.

Qualifications: We are seeking an interdisciplinary scientist with strong background in polymer chemistry, material science, or chemical engineering. The candidate must have extensive research experience in one or more of the following area:

  1. Good Knowledge in different polymer characterization methods
  2. Analytical methods, especially Mass Spectrometry (MS) and Electron Spin Resonance (ESR).
  3. Experience with radiation sterilization preferred.
  4. The candidate also needs to have good communication and writing skills

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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