Job Overview


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

Who May Apply: 

Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or conditional appointments; displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service; Commission Corp Officers.

Special Notes:

This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in one of the following disciplines: Biologist, GS-401-15, Microbiologist, GS-403-15, Chemist, GS-1320-15.

YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 or your application will be considered incomplete.

This position is located within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Office of Regional Operations, Division of Field Science, located in Rockville, Maryland.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position should also apply online in order to receive consideration.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.


The incumbent attends top level policy and planning conferences as a technical expert regarding regulatory science, leadership, capabilities and programs, and as official spokesperson for the field laboratories.  He/she advises on the potential contribution and resource capabilities of the field laboratories to undertake nationwide or specialized programs and perform work in support of ongoing and proposed regulatory and surveillance programs. Represents ORA on the agency Senior Science Council and the Office of Science.

Provides counsel to FDA regional and district directors, and their staff, as well as Center personnel in all matters relating to ORA field scientific activities. Responds to requests from the regulated industry, other organizations, the general public, and news media giving appropriate information in accordance with FDA and ORA guidelines and policy.

Directs the identification of program goals and objectives for field scientific activities and develops policies and procedures as they relate to these activities to assure delivery of scientific work products that are essential to program objectives.  Serves as the principal spokesperson for field scientific activities of ORA to all constituents.