A research opportunity is available in the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality/Office of Testing and Research, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring, Maryland. 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 FDA, CDER regulates over-the-counter and prescription drugs, including biological therapeutics and generic drugs. This research covers more than just medicines.
The participant will conduct research on generic and biologic drugs including, but not limited to, proteins, polysaccharides, and nucleic acids using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and other analytical/chemometric methods. The project aims to develop validated methods to assess the chemical identity, composition and purity of complex drugs in comparison to the reference listed drug. Much of the research will be performed on a newly installed 850 MHz Bruker spectrometer equipped with a cold probe in the FDA White Oak Campus NMR Facility.
Under the guidance of the mentor, the participant will learn about high field NMR, dynamic light scattering, fast protein liquid chromatography, and complex data analysis.
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. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at FDA in the Silver Spring, 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:
- 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.