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Scientific Careers at FDA

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The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) mission is to protect and advance public health by helping to speed innovations that provide our nation with safe and effective medical products and that keep our food safe and reduce harm from all regulated tobacco products. This mission can only be achieved by leveraging the skills and talents of the many scientists working across the FDA Centers. FDA employs scientists in a wide variety of fields and disciplines, including biologists, chemists, epidemiologists, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacologists, physicians, social or behavioral scientists, statisticians, veterinarians, engineers, and others. For more information, please explore the resources below.

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Resources and Information

Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions- NEW!
Learn about the qualification standards, associated individual occupational requirements (IOR), and individual qualification standards covering professional and scientific positions in the Federal competitive service. These standards describe the minimum qualification requirements for each occupational series.

Meet the faces behind FDA Science
Meet scientists that work at FDA. Learn about their passion for the work they do, the Agency’s pioneering regulatory science culture and opportunities for professional growth, and why they love working at FDA.

Human Resources FAQs
Learn the answers to common questions that scientists and medical officers have about positions at the Agency and the application process.

FDA 101: An Overview of FDA's Regulatory Review and Research Activities
FDA staff often participate in an annual course to learn about the scientific and regulatory knowledge needed to support FDA’s public health and regulatory mission. Access the course materials and learn about the FDA’s review and research activities.

Check out these videos about CDER science careers, statisticians, clinical pharmacologists and drug development, and inspector reviewers.

Learn about Student, Fellowship, and Senior Scientist Programs
FDA offers many paths to learning about the exciting field of regulatory science.


 Contact FDA

If you have additional questions about FDA Scientific Recruiting, please reach out to us at: OMPTScientificStaffing@fda.hhs.gov