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:  This vacancy is open to current Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs employees with competitive status only in the Arkansas Regional Laboratory commuting area.   Competitive status refers to employees who are serving on a career or career conditional appointment.

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


This position is located in Southwest Region, Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Arkansas Regional Laboratory located in Jefferson, Arkansas.


Applications received outside this area of consideration will not be considered.


Major Duties:

The incumbent serves as a technology based expert in a laboratory performing test and research on products.  Incumbent operates and maintains highly technical scientific equipment such as Mass Spectrometer (MS) 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.