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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine (OFVM), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation, Division of Scientific Support, Environmental Safety Team is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Interdisciplinary Scientist with a focus on Environmental Science. The Division of Scientific Support provides expertise, leadership, and coordination to all CVM offices regarding environmental safety and biostatistical evaluations for reviews and research. Through our independent and collaborative reviews and evaluations, we support the Center's scientific and regulatory goals.


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 career-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 eligibles or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service; Military Spouses; PHS Commissioned Corps Officers; individuals eligible for VRA appointments (at the GS-11 and below grade levels); and individuals with disabilities.

This position is located in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, (OFVM), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation (ONADE) located in Rockville, Maryland.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement FDA-CVM-14-DE-1177125 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.Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area FDA-wide.


As an Interdisciplinary Scientist, in this position you will work on the Environmental Safety Team in determining the environmental safety and impact of substances used in animal drugs and feed/food additives under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).   Specifically, you will conduct scientific reviews of environmental fate and effects data submitted by petitioners for chemicals to be considered for approval under new animal drug applications, feed/food additives and other applications.    You will conduct environmental exposure assessments and perform fate and transport modeling, as necessary.   You will also prepare environmental assessments, environmental impact statements and finding of no significant impacts to support the Center for Veterinary Medicine decisions regarding the impact of the substances on the environment.   

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No