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(Chemist) Staff Fellow Job Announcement Posting

Location Negotiated after selection (Multiple positions)
74,950 - 138,868
Closing date
Jun 25, 2022


(Chemist) Staff Fellow Job Announcement Posting



The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) is a national leader in protecting and promoting public health. CFSAN is responsible for ensuring that the nation's food supply is safe, sanitary, wholesome, and labeled correctly, and that cosmetic products are safe and properly labeled.


CFSAN employees within the Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS) consist of highly specialized experts that protect and enhance consumer health by ensuring the safety of substances added to food and food contact materials. The open position is as a Chemist Staff Fellow in the Division of Food Ingredients (DFI). DFI serves to ensure that substances added directly to food are safe (e.g., sweeteners, color additives, protein sources, products from fermentation, microbially-derived substances).

Open Period: 05/27/2022 to 06/17/2022


Location: College Park, MD Salary: $74,950 to 138,868 (Locality included) Duties of the Position:


  • Reviews the chemistry information in industry submissions such as, but not limited to, petitions for food and color additives, food contact notifications, generally recognized as safe (GRAS) notices, and biotechnology notifications. Reviews and evaluates chemistry data and information on identity, composition, manufacture, intended use and technical effect, specifications, and analytical methodology for food ingredients. Reviews and prepares estimates of dietary exposure for food ingredients based on the use of these ingredients in food and associated food consumption information. Prepares detailed written memoranda regarding the conclusions as to the adequacy of the chemistry data. Participates in meetings with industry and government agencies and provides guidance on any chemistry issues. Reviews information (such as scientific manuscripts, method validation plans, sponsor submissions, scientific reviews, and draft regulations) in support of approval or compliance and enforcement activities.

Qualifications: To qualify as a Staff Fellow, you must: be a US Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Non-Citizen with residency status in the US, three (3) out of the last five (5) years.; possess a doctoral- level degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, including: Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., D.M.D., Sc.D., or other research doctoral-degree widely recognized in U.S. academe as equivalent to a Ph.D. (In limited instances a lower level of education and/or experience may be acceptable).


In addition to the above, applicants must meet one of the following in (A) Basic Qualifications and (B) Experience. (Candidates who possess a Ph.D. and meet the basic qualifications (A) but do not have experience are still encouraged to apply).


A. BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants will be required to meet the specific education qualification requirements of one of the applicable occupational series below (a copy of your transcripts identifying the requirement has been met is required).


  • CHEMISTRY, (Series 1320): Degree in physical sciences, life sciences or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplement by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics; OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, plus appropriate experience or additional education.





Candidates must have at least one full year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience include: Communicating (both written and oral) with other subject matter experts from a variety of scientific disciplines OR experience interpreting the composition, physical or chemical properties, molecular structure or chemical reactions of substances related to food

Application Procedures To be considered for this job opportunity, candidates must submit a resume and a copy of their transcripts demonstrating that the education and specialized experience qualifications (as noted above under qualification sections) are met by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on 06/10/2022 to:      




McQuail Price, Management Analyst (Human Capital)

Recruitment Liaison Branch

How to Apply:

Reasonable Accommodations FDA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants/employees with disabilities. If you need accommodations for any part of the application process, please visit the FDA Reasonable Accommodations & Accessibility page. The decision to grant reasonable accommodations is made on a case-by-case basis. The FDA actively encourages people with disabilities to apply for vacancies/developmental assignments with FDA.  


Vaccination Information

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Safer Federal Workforce Task Force guidance on other Federal agency safety protocols based on vaccination status—including guidance on protocols related to masking, distancing, travel, testing, and quarantine—remains in effect.


Expanded/Maximum telework Posture

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in a maximum telework posture.  If selected, you may be expected to telework upon your appointment. As employees are permitted to return to the office, you may be required to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 calendar days of receiving notice to do so, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling.  These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the HHS Workplace Flexibilities policy. 






Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


To learn more, please consult the following resources: 


- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office at OPM


- Office of Equal Opportunity 



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