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.

The Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for implementing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This law gives FDA authority over tobacco products by adding a new chapter to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The Tobacco Control Act gives FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products and manufacturers based on the best available science and CTP is responsible for both assessing and fostering that science-base. CTP's actions have significant public health and consumer protection impact, and are among the most important issues faced by the Agency in its long and distinguished history.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Office of Science (OS), Silver Spring, Maryland.

Who May Apply:  This vacancy is open to current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employees with competitive status and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligibles within the local commuting area only. Competitive status refers to employees who are serving on a career or career conditional appointment.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers 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.


The Closing Date has been extended from 8/21/14 to 8/22/14 due to required system maintenance which will occur on 8/16/14.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area FDA-wide.


  • Serve as a principal advisor to the Office Director in subject-matter areas related to tobacco products and is responsible for planning, coordinating, and evaluating the administrative and technical programs and activities of the Division of NonClinical Science.

  • Technical expert and advisor for establishing programs and policies regarding the analysis and interpretation of nonclinical, toxicological, pharmacological, and biological data and research collected and received by the Center as well as data collection from industry, private sources and other nations.

  • Supervise a staff of toxicologist, pharmacologist and biologist scientists.

  • Serve as the Division, Office, Center and Agency focal point and primary contact for tobacco nonclinical, toxicological, pharmacological, and biological issues.

  • Explain nonclinical toxicological, pharmacological and biological guidelines or criteria concerning the use of FDA mandated studies of tobacco products and the use of non-clinical toxicological, pharmacological and biological methods to assess tobacco products.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Domestic - 2%

Relocation Authorized

  • No