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Staff Fellow (Chemist)

FDA National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR)
Jefferson, Arkansas
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Closing date
Jan 2, 2022

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Vacancy Announcement

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) Office of Scientific Coordination

Title 42 U.S.C. 209(g)


Position: Staff Fellow (Chemist)

Series: This is an interdisciplinary, scientific position that will be filled in the Biological Sciences  occupational series

Location: Jefferson, AR

Opening Date:   September 1, 2021

Closing Date:  Open until filled

Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Area of Consideration:  All U.S. Citizens or eligible foreign nationals

Special Notes: This position will be filled as a Title 42 209 (g) appointment.  This is an Excepted Service position under Title 42.  This appointment does not confer any entitlement to a position in the competitive service and no entitlement to Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeal rights.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), is seeking a highly qualified Chemist for the Nanotechnology CORE facility whose primary responsibility would be to provide scientific analysis to support nanomaterial characterization. This core facility, located in Jefferson, Arkansas, is equipped with the state-of -the art equipment and trained staff to properly characterize and detect nanoscale materials. The NanoCore has been designed to support research investigators with nanomaterial characterization, conduct research on nanomaterials to elucidate toxicity, biocompatibility, in vitro and in vivo.


Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

The Chemist provides scientific analysis to support nanomaterial characterization. The incumbent needs to possesses an extensive knowledge in chemistry, analytical methodologies, and techniques for nanomaterial assessment. He/She must be knowledgeable and experienced in conducting nanomaterial size measurements utilizing various scattering and diffraction techniques (DLS, LD, NTA), spectroscopic measurements using UV-Vis, NMR, Infrared, Fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy and Mass spectrometry techniques, and separation techniques such as HPLC, FPLC, SEC and or Field Flow Fractionation. In addition, the candidate will perform quantitative analysis for metal nanoparticle samples by ICP-MS in native solution state, and in biological samples to aid in vitro and in vivo studies.

The Chemist is responsible for the daily operations of the laboratory.  He/She will be accountable for the chemical inventory of the lab, and maintenance of samples. The incumbent reviews literature to identify potentially usable procedures, demonstrates the ability to select appropriate procedures, and performs standard processes under minimum supervision.  He/She develops and writes standard operating procedures for instruments, assists in analyzing data and composing reports.  In addition, the incumbent will synthesize nanomaterial for research projects, coordinate research with leading scientists, and reports on scientific findings. The incumbent will work with the NanoCore Director and the Team Leader to prepare reports and manuscripts for submission in scientific literature and scientific conference.  Furthermore, the incumbent will be responsible for training laboratory personnel on state-of-the art analytical equipment.  The incumbent is expected to perform other duties as assigned.  The ideal candidate would be self-sufficient and require minimal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, or Engineering with demonstrated prior experience in conducting analytical chemistry work with nanomaterial.

Conditions of Employment

Ethics Requirements:  This position is subject to strict prohibited financial interest regulations which could restrict the type of financial interest (stock holdings) for the employee, the spouse, and minor children of the employee.  Selectee for this position will be required to file a Confidential Disclosure Report (OGE 450) and may require the selectee to obtain clearance from the FDA Division of Ethics and Integrity before a final offer can be made.  For additional information on the prohibited financial interests, please visit the FDA Ethics and Integrity Office website at

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 investigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualification is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action. 


Commensurate with education and experience.

Application Procedures:

Candidates must submit a CV to:

Ericka Hendricks

FDA/National Center for Toxicological Research

3900 NCTR Road, Building 50, Rm 744

Jefferson, Arkansas 72079



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