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.CFSAN@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.
*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
A research opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Office of the Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE) located in College Park, Maryland.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus of federal regulators from responding to contamination to preventing it. While prevention is key to the focus of Food and Drug Administration (FDA), each year there are numerous illness outbreaks associated with FDA regulated products. The FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) provides scientific, policy, and regulatory guidance to FDA in response to a contamination of a food, dietary supplement or cosmetic. This project is with CFSAN' s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE). CORE works to provide a safer food supply through a systematic, science-based approach to preparedness, early detection, rapid response, and post-response investigations of human outbreaks of illness. The CORE staff work internally with colleagues across FDA and externally with Federal, State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal governments to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of outbreak/incident response, leading to even better public health protection and preventive food safety policies.
Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved in the following activities:
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. Some tuition assistance, travel and training allowance is available in the amount of $3,000. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at FDA in the College Park, 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 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:
The qualified candidate should have received a master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees and will reach completion by the start date of the appointment. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.
I have lived in the U.S. for 3 out of the last 5 years.