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Staff Fellow/Visiting Associate – Microbiologist

Staff Fellow/Visiting Associate – Microbiologist   


Become a part of an agency that touches the lives of every American!

The FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Office of Vaccines Research and Review (OVRR), Division of Bacterial, Parasitic and Allergenic Products (DBPAP) is recruiting to fill a Staff Fellow/Visiting Associate position in the Laboratory of Mucosal Pathogens and Cellular Immunology (LMPCI). 

OVRR protects and enhances public health by assuring vaccines and relevant products are safe and effective.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will perform the following major duties:

  • The research project will examine bacteriophage-host interactions between Staphylococcus aureus MRSA isolates and bacteriophages as they relate to bacteriophage therapy.  Areas of focus include mechanisms of bacterial resistance to bacteriophages and the use of animal models and in vitro models for phage therapy.
  • Participate in the regulatory review of bacteriophage therapy applications submitted to the FDA. 

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants will be required to meet the specific qualification requirements of the applicable occupational series below.

Microbiology Series (RG- 0403) Degree: microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent. 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (M.D., D.V.M., or Sc.D., etc.) in a field related to biological science is required. Candidates must also have strong collaborative skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills.  

PREFERRED SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: The candidate should have microbiological laboratory expertise and be familiar with standard molecular biology techniques. Expertise in bacterial and phage propagation, manipulation, and genetics is highly desirable. The use of NGS for analysis of bacterial and phage genomes and transcriptomes is highly desirable. The candidate should also have a record of publishing original research in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit the U.S. Department of Education website for Foreign Education Evaluation.

SALARY: Salary is commensurate with education and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

LOCATION: FDA White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, MD 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: This position will be filled through the Service Fellowship program, with an initial appointment period followed by opportunities for renewal. Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified candidates, including U.S. citizens or non-U.S. Citizens eligible to obtain a valid immigration status and work authorization at the FDA. No previous Federal experience is required. Appointment does not confer any entitlement to a position in the competitive service, and during the initial appointment there is no entitlement to Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeals rights.

  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • Official Transcripts required.
  • Background and/or Security investigation required.
  • If applicant is an U.S. Citizen, males born on, or after, December 31st, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an approved exemption. Visit the Selective Service System for more info.
  • Prohibited financial interest restrictions may apply. For additional information on the prohibited financial interests, please visit the FDA Ethics and Integrity Office webpage.
  • Non-US citizens and permanent residents are required to have resided in the United States for a minimum of three of the last five years.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your Federal Resume* with a cover letter containing a brief summary of scientific accomplishments to CBER.Employment@fda.hhs.gov and Susan.Lehman@fda.hhs.gov Full applications with all supporting documents (i.e., transcripts, names/contact information for three references, proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency status, and other supporting documentations) should be submitted by August 31, 2024. Please reference Job Code: OVRR-24-05-FDA

*For more information on what to include in your Federal Resume, please click on the following USAjobs.gov link: https://www.usajobs.gov/help/faq/application/documents/resume/what-to-include/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For additional information on CBER Careers, please visit: 

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


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