Environmental Chemist-Staff Fellow

Rockville, Maryland
The GS-12 equivalent level is $81,548 to $106,012. The GS-13 equivalent is $96,970 to $126,062.
Jun 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018
Field of specialization
Environmental, Health & Safety, Toxicological
Work Function
Health / Safety
Job Type
Full time

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation (ONADE), Division of Scientific Support is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Interdisciplinary Scientist.  The Division of Scientific Support provides expertise, leadership, and coordination to all CVM offices regarding environmental safety, pharmacology, and biostatistical evaluations for reviews and research. Through our independent and collaborative reviews and evaluations, we support the Center’s scientific and regulatory goals.  This position will be filled through FDA’s Staff Fellowship program.  Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.   The appointment is for up to two years with opportunities for renewal. 

As an Interdisciplinary Scientist, you will work on the Environmental Safety Team evaluating environmental introduction, fate, exposure, and effects information and environmental risk assessments developed to demonstrate the environmental safety of new animal drugs under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Team applies knowledge of environmental toxicology and chemistry, standardized test methods, risk assessment methods and applicable laws and regulations for evaluating the investigational use and approval of new animal drugs.  Specifically, you will conduct scientific reviews of environmental chemistry and fate protocols and studies (e.g., physical-chemical property, adsorption and biodegradation in soil and water) and analytical method validation studies. Additional duties include reviews of categorical exclusion claims and environmental assessments submitted by applicants for chemicals to be considered for approval under new animal drug applications, feed/food additive petitions, and other applications.  You will use your knowledge and expertise in environmental chemistry and fate to provide recommendations to the Environmental Safety Team and regulated industry.  You will also prepare review documentation, environmental assessments, and finding of no significant impacts to support CVM decisions regarding the impact of the substances on the environment.  

Applicants should have experience conducting environmental chemistry and fate studies (e.g., physical-chemical properties, leaching/runoff, degradation and/or sorption studies). Applicants should also have experience with analytical methods and instrumentation. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in evaluating environmental chemistry, fate and transport data, writing environmental study evaluations, and conducting, writing, and/or reviewing analytical method validation studies. In addition, although not required, it is desired that applicants have experience in evaluating and preparing environmental risk assessments for drugs, pesticides, or environmental contaminants.

ONADE offers many benefits and operates in a hoteling work environment.  Hoteling is an arrangement where employees reserve non-dedicated, non-permanent workspace at the Rockville duty station on an as-needed basis and as required (when in person attendance is deemed important and regardless of need, no less than 2 days per pay period).  Applicants should be located in, or willing to relocate to, the greater Washington DC area.  ONADE provides the basic technology (e.g., laptop, monitors, webcam) needed to effectively work in the Rockville office and in a teleworking location. Hoteling, along with a strong telework program and strong electronic communication and workflow tools, affords employees in ONADE the flexibility to balance work/life demands while contributing to our high performing organization.

The position is located in Rockville, Maryland and is available immediately. The position can be filled at the GS-12 or GS-13 equivalent level based on experience and education.  The salary range for the GS-12 equivalent level is $81,548 to $106,012 and for the GS-13 equivalent is $96,970 to $126,062. 

The vacancy announcement will close July 26th.  **Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.**

Please submit your letter of interest, resume, and transcripts to: CVMOpportunities@fda.hhs.gov with the subject line of “ENVIRO-CHEMIST”.  Questions may also be directed to the CVM Opportunities mailbox.

FDA is an equal opportunity employer and is a smoke-free environment.