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Medical Officer Jobs in CDER

Medical Officer

Description of Duties

  • Serves as the clinical expert on a multidisciplinary team in the review and evaluation of scientific data to assess new drugs and biologics, biosimilar biologics, and generic drugs
  • Provides advice to sponsors regarding their development programs throughout the drug development process
  • Reviews proposed drug labels to determine whether they contain truthful claims about the product’s effectiveness, appropriate warnings and precautions about the product’s safety, and adequate directions for the product’s use
  • Conducts ongoing oversight of approved products to ensure their continued safety in the post-approval setting
  • Leads the analysis and evaluation of bioequivalence trials to ensure safeguards for the testing of generic drugs in humans


Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant’s graduation.

To qualify for higher-graded positions, candidates must have additional residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training. The amount of additional training or experience required depends on the grade of the position.

Grade (Salary) Level

Federal General Schedule (GS) grade levels at which medical officer positions are commonly filled are GS 15, 14 & 13.

Note: Higher-grade levels in both headquarters and field offices are available based on peer review of individual accomplishments or supervisory responsibilities.

Higher graded positions are directly related to additional education and/or specialized experience.

Geographical Locations

Medical Officers are located at HQ (suburban Washington, D.C.) and in facilities throughout the U.S.



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