Job Overview

Summary

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.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Southeast Regional Laboratory located Atlanta, GA.

 

The FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs is the lead office for all FDA Field activities as well as providing FDA leadership on imports, inspections, and enforcement policy.  ORA Supports FDA Product Centers by inspecting regulated products and manufacturers, conducting sample analysis on regulated products, and reviewing imported products offered for entry into the United States.  ORA also develops FDA-wide policy on compliance and enforcement.


This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-876447 under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Who May Apply:  Open to all United States Citizens.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps (not as a career/career-conditional employee) are encouraged to apply under the merit promotion announcement indicated above.

This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.

Duties

The incumbent serves as a technology based expert in a newly established laboratory performing testing and research on tobacco products.  Incumbent operates and maintains highly technical scientific equipment such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GM/MS) Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS) or Electron Microscopy (EM) and develops evidence in order to identify and quantify ingredients or contamination in FDA-regulated products.  Formulates and conducts research that evaluates new instrumentation and its applicability to the required analyses.  Plans and performs the development of analytical methods in accordance with FDA needs and priorities.  Analyzes samples by reviewing background material, pertinent Agency regulations, federal laws, and other relevant material.  Interprets and evaluates instrumental results of the analyses to decide validity and scientific significance and ensure instrumentation is working properly.

 

Serves as a scientific advisor to other ORA field professionals.  Attends meetings with federal, state and local officials regarding scientific/instrumentation issues.  Reviews analytical worksheets and suggest further analysis that could or should be done.  Interprets data and explains the significance of findings.  Organizes and presents seminars and training sessions on specialized instrumentation and related analytical methods and research.