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As a Chemist in the Plant Products Branch, Division of Plant and Dairy Food Safety, Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, you will participate in the development and implementation of FDA monitoring program for mycotoxins in foods and provides advice on regulatory and enforcement strategies related to mycotoxins in foods.


This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-FDA-CFSN-DE-13-846287 under competitive procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under competitive procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement under noncompetitive merit promotion procedures. Candidates will be referred to (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


·         Develops information on the incidence and levels of contamination of foods by specific mycotoxins and the relationship of this to agricultural and manufacturing practices; determines possible corrective measures, including regulatory activity, that may be instituted to generate an awareness in the agricultural and food processing industries of specific problems in domestic and imported foods.

·         Assists compliance personnel with the preparation of compliance programs involving mycotoxin contamination in domestic and imported foods.

·         Serves as Center contact for all field work involving mycotoxins and summarizes completed programs on an annual basis.

·         Provides inquiring food establishments with selective background information on mycotoxin contamination in regards to the compliance programs.

·         Keeps informed of new developments and potential problems in specialty areas by discussions with representatives in industry, attendance at professional, technical and trade association meetings, review of the literature, and internal reports describing developments in industry.

·         Based on acquired information, identifies areas where technological evidence and data are needed and make recommendations regarding such research.

·         Prepares memoranda of status reports and position papers on important questions arising in the mycotoxin area and responds to incoming communication from other agencies, industry, academic, state and local government laboratories. 

·         Briefs visiting scientists, including foreign visitors, on the guidelines and control programs instituted by FDA to monitor the nation's food supply for certain mycotoxins.