Senior Staff Fellow/Visiting Scientist – Molecular Virology

Food and Drug Administration - Silver Spring, MD4.3

Position Description:
The FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Office of Blood Research and Review (OBRR), Division of Emerging and Transfusion Transmitted Diseases (DETTD) is recruiting to fill a Senior Staff Fellow position to serve as a Principal Investigator in the Laboratory Molecular Virology (LMV). LMV scientists are actively engaged in research to develop novel molecular tools for detection and monitoring of transfusion transmitted viruses including retroviruses and applying molecular techniques to identifying host biomarkers of pathogenesis.

This position will be filled through the Service Fellowship program. The appointment is for up to four years with opportunities for renewal. Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified candidates, including U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens holding valid immigration status and work authorization at the FDA. No previous Federal experience is required. Appointment does not confer any entitlement to a position in the competitive service, and there is no entitlement to Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeals rights. Salary commensurate with education and experience.

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The selected candidate will develop an independent research program on molecular virology with emphasis on pathogen detection and biomarker discovery in the context of transfusion transmitted infectious agents that pose a threat to the safety of the blood supply. In addition, the incumbent will serve as liaison with CBER HIVE staff to ensure that the division’s needs for analysis of complex genomic data from infectious disease testing to ensure blood safety are addressed. Also, the selected candidate will participate in the regulatory review of in vitro diagnostic devices for testing blood donations, and tests for patient diagnosis/monitoring of retroviral infections including HIV. The candidate will also participate in development of policy to ensure the safety of the nation’s blood supply from transmission of infectious agents.

Biology, RG-0401: Degree in Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, -OR- Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, plus appropriate experience or additional education;

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (M.D., D.V.M., DVM., or Sc.D. etc.) is required. Candidates must possess excellent oral and written communication skills and have an outstanding publication record. Previous experience with regulatory review is desirable but not a requirement. Also, candidates must demonstrate potential for leadership, mentoring and managing people.

Candidates must have more than 5 years of post-doctoral experience in molecular biology, general molecular virology and/or pathogenesis of infectious agents and demonstrated experience in genomic data analysis. Also, working knowledge in application of genomic data analysis to genomic, proteomic and Next Generation Sequencing methodologies for detection of infectious agents in the blood supply.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit the U.S. Department of Education website for Foreign Education Evaluation.

Background and/or Security investigation required. If applicant is an U.S. Citizen, males born on, or after, December 31st, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an approved exemption. Visit for more info. Prohibited financial interest restrictions may apply. For additional information on the prohibited financial interests, please visit the FDA Ethics and Integrity Office website at

To Apply:
Please submit an electronic resume or curriculum vitae and supporting documentation to Indira Hewlett at Supporting documentation should include: bibliography, summary of research accomplishments, and names/contact information of three references. Applications will be accepted through July 22, 2019. Please reference Job Code: OBRR-19-02-NIH.