FDA Bioequivalence of Complex Generic Products Fellowship
Organization
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Reference Code
FDA-CDER-2024-1416
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
9/30/2024 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
Description

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

FDA Office and Location: A research opportunity is available in the Office of Generic Drugs/Office of Research and Standards (ORS), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 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.

Research Project: This research project is related to topical, transdermal and transmucosal products to understand the formulations that have been approved under abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) and NDAs. The project will also identify and develop in vitro, in vivo, or in silico techniques that may be capable of determining how various complexity factors can impact the bioequivalence of test products to their respective reference product. It will identify potential scientific gaps in the application of novel technologies for characterizing the bioequivalence of complex generic products. 

Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of the mentor, the participant will gain a comprehensive understanding of the scientific and regulatory challenges that must be considered when establishing bioequivalence for complex generic topical, transdermal and transmucosal drug products. This will include combination drug-device products with device components that may themselves have degrees of complexity in design. In addition, the participant will gain knowledge in collaborating with cross-disciplinary teams to develop novel in vitro, in vivo, and/or in silico study designs for establishing bioequivalence with these products.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FDA and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of Participation: The appointment is full time.

Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.


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 participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. 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 have received or be currently pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. pharmaceutical science, pharmacology, pharmacy, or a related area). Degree must have been received within the last 5 years. 

Preferred skills:

  • Drug development research or pharmaceutical industry knowledge
  • Familiarity with formulation development and characterization of drug products and analytical techniques
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
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):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (4 )
    • Engineering (4 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (2 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (1 )
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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