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Staff Fellow - Neurophysiology

Announcement Number:  CDRH-OSEL-DBP-127

Position Title: Staff Fellow - Neurophysiology

Salary Range: $99,172 - $128,920

Open Period: June 18, 2019 – July 31, 2019

Position Information: Full-Time – Excepted Service Time-Limited to 3 years.  After completion of the first 3 years, the appointment can be extended in 3-year increments.

Duty Location: Silver Spring, MD

Who may be considered: US Citizens; Permanent Residents; and Non-Citizens.  All candidates must meet applicable security requirements which include a background check and a minimum of 3 out of the past 5 years’ residency status in the US.

Job Summary: The Neurological Devices Lab, Division of Biomedical Physics in the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL) has an opening in Silver Spring, MD for a full-time staff scientist with a strong background in neurophysiology. The position involves laboratory and computational research, regulatory consulting support of new and emerging medical devices, and outreach to the neuroscience community. The successful candidate will lead research projects to evaluate the safety and efficacy of medical devices with brain applications. Experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable: small animal brain surgery; electrophysiology – recording, stimulation and data analysis; cellular imaging and analysis; computational modeling of biological processes. A Ph.D. in neuroscience, or a related scientific field is required. Excellent speaking and writing skills are required.

The position involves approximately 70% laboratory and computational research, and 30% policy or consulting support for reviews of new medical devices. The successful candidate will generate written technical and scientific documents for peer-reviewed publications and consulting support activities.

Educational Requirements: Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in neuroscience or a relevant scientific field. The applicant must be able to demonstrate mastery of principles and practices in neurophysiology of the central nervous system. This will enable the staff fellow to serve as a technical authority in the scientific analysis of the safety and effectiveness of medical devices; provide an authoritative analysis of scientific data submitted to the Agency; generate new knowledge about the safety and effectiveness of neurological devices, and develop new and innovative approaches to scientific testing required for medical device reviews by FDA. Applicants who have completed part or all their education outside the US must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the US. This evaluation must also be provided by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of this vacancy announcement. For more information on Foreign Education verification, visit the U.S. Department of Education. Another listing of services that can perform this evaluation is available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website.

Qualifications: Please document knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant to each area described below:

  • A Ph.D. from an accredited university in neuroscience or a relevant health science field.
  • At least three years of experience leading, planning, and conducting state-of-the-art laboratory research of neurophysiology in the central nervous system. Demonstration of a track record of independent work is required.
  • Experience reviewing, analyzing, and using scientific data or other information to advance and convey understanding of the central nervous system and medical devices.
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in and contribute to multi-disciplinary teams and work groups to resolve difficult or controversial research questions.
  • Excellent scientific writing and communication skills.

How to Apply: To apply for this announcement, applicants should provide a complete application package to oselrecruitment@fda.hhs.gov that includes the following:

  • a cover letter with compensation requirements,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • two to three most relevant journal papers,
  • response, not to exceed one-page total, to the five knowledge, skills, and abilities from the qualifications section
  • names and contact information of three references.

Note: All supporting documents should include the announcement number.

Applications should be sent via email to oselrecruitment@fda.hhs.gov or mailed to the attention of Valerie McRae, FDA/CDRH/OSEL, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Building 62, Room 4206, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Applications must be received by closing date to be considered. Electronic submission of application materials is encouraged.  Applications sent via e-mail must be submitted as MS Word, or Adobe pdf documents.

Contact Valerie McRae for Questions: Valerie.McRae@fda.hhs.gov

  1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection, or appropriate disciplinary action.
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