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Physician, Division of Epidemiology (DE) - Title 38(F) Physician (GP-0602)

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

The Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) is recruiting to fill a Physician position to serve in the Division of Epidemiology (DE) in the Office of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (OBE).

The Division of Epidemiology in CBER/OBE studies and monitors the safety of a diverse portfolio of important and innovative biological products, including vaccines, blood products, gene therapies, human tissues, and cellular therapies. Physicians conduct epidemiologic analyses on nationwide safety surveillance data to inform regulatory decisions. Physicians also monitor the safety of a varied portfolio of FDA regulated biological products throughout the product lifecycle. Duties include review and analysis of safety data from passively reported adverse events, randomized controlled trials, observational epidemiologic studies, and the medical literature. In addition, physicians participate in pre-licensure review of applications for new products and help design post-licensure safety studies. Safety surveillance and regulatory work includes frequent collaboration with colleagues in other federal agencies, industry, and academia. Other duties include reporting to federal advisory committees, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and serving on interdisciplinary FDA workgroups.


  • The candidate should be able to independently manage complex projects and should possess good interpersonal skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience or training in public health surveillance and information technology (e.g., statistical software)

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be a U.S. citizen with Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) or equivalent from a school in the United States or Canada. The degree must have been accredited by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association; Association of American Medical Colleges; Liaison Committee on Medical Education; Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association, or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. 

A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school must provide education and medical knowledge equivalent to accredited schools in the United States. Evidence of equivalency to accredited schools in the United States is demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (external link), a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country, or successful completion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.

For all grade levels and positions, applicants must possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a Physician from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Candidates must also possess a minimum of 4 years of graduate-level training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training.

For more information regarding 0602 series qualifications, please refer to the Office of Personnel Management’s website.

SALARY: Salary is equivalent to GS-0602-14 or GS-0602-15, plus physician market pay (Title 38), and is commensurate with education/experience. U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers may also apply. An excellent benefits package including flexible workplace options and paid professional development including time for clinical practice is also available.

LOCATION: Silver Spring, MD

HOW TO APPLY: Submit electronic resume or curriculum vitae and supporting documentation to CBER Recruitment at cber.employment@fda.hhs.gov. Supporting documentation may include: educational transcripts, medical license, and board certifications.  Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2019. Please reference Job Code: OBE-19-03-CJP.

REQUIREMENTS: Please be advised that this position may be subject to FDA’s strict prohibited financial interest regulation and therefore, may require the incumbent of this position to divest of certain financial interests. Applicants are strongly advised to seek additional information on this requirement from the FDA hiring official before accepting this position. For additional information on the prohibited financial interests, please visit the FDA Ethics and Integrity Office website at http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/WorkingatFDA/Ethics/default.htm.

A probationary period for first-time supervisors/managers may also be required. Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area FDA-wide.

HHS/FDA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status