Quantitative Systems Pharmacology Modeling Fellowship / FDA-CDER-2024-1371

Organization
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Reference Code
FDA-CDER-2024-1371
How to Apply

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A complete application consists of:      

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to ORISE.FDA.CDER@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Application Deadline
3/29/2024 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
Description

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A research opportunity is available at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) located in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) performs an essential public health task by making sure that safe and effective drugs are available to improve the health of people in the United States. As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CDER regulates over-the-counter and prescription drugs, including biological therapeutics and generic drugs. This work covers more than just medicines.

This project is the Office of New Drugs (OND), Office of Immunology and Inflammation (OII). Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been linked to a risk of fetal congenital defects (CHD) with numerous subsequent studies carried out to evaluate the risk of CHD in children. Understanding the molecular mechanisms responsible for this association will help to elucidate the teratogenic risk potential for SSRIs and similar antidepressants. A quantitative systems pharmacology (QSP) model will be developed to understand the exposure driven toxicological mechanism.

Under the guidance of the mentor, the participant will learn basic pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles, quantitative methods (physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling, quantitative systems pharmacology modeling), programming languages, open-source commercial software, maternal and fetal physiology, cardiovascular physiology, developmental stages, and modeling and simulation principles. The participant will also receive training to communicate important scientific findings to a larger audience via verbal and written formats. 


This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and FDA. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FDA contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is on location at FDA in the Silver Spring, Maryland, area. Participants do not become employees of FDA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

Completion of a successful background investigation by the Office of Personnel Management is required for an applicant to be on-boarded at FDA.  OPM can complete a background investigation only for individuals, including non-US Citizens, who have resided in the US for a total of three of the past five years.

FDA Ethics Requirements

If an ORISE Fellow, to include their spouse and minor children, reports what is identified as a Significantly Regulated Organization (SRO) or prohibited investment fund financial interest in any amount, or a relationship with an SRO, except for spousal employment with an SRO, and the individual will not voluntarily divest the financial interest or terminate the relationship, then the individual is not placed at FDA.   For additional requirements, see FDA Ethics for Nonemployee Scientists. 

FDA requires ORISE participants to read and sign their FDA Education and Training Agreement within 30 days of his/her start date, setting forth the conditions and expectations for his/her educational appointment at the agency.  This agreement covers such topics as the following:

  • Non-employee nature of the ORISE appointment;
  • Prohibition on ORISE Fellows performing inherently governmental functions;
  • Obligation of ORISE Fellows to convey all necessary rights to the FDA regarding intellectual property conceived or first reduced to practice during their fellowship;
  • The fact that research materials and laboratory notebooks are the property of the FDA;
  • ORISE fellow’s obligation to protect and not to further disclose or use non-public information.
Qualifications

The qualified candidate should be close to receiving or have received a doctoral degree in the one of the relevant fields (e.g. Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology, Pharmacometrics). Degree must have been received within the past five year or be close to being received by May 31.

Preferred skills:

  • Strong programing skills are highly desired.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
  • Academic Level(s): Graduate Students, Postdoctoral, or Post-Master's.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (51 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
Affirmation

I have lived in the United States for at least 36 out of the past 60 months. (36 months do not have to be consecutive.)

AND

I have read the FDA Ethics Requirements.

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