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 Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of the Commissioner (OC),  in Silver Spring, MD.


Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified persons, including non-citizens and Public Health Service Commissioned Officers.  No previous federal experience is required.  This is an Excepted Service position under Title 42.  This appointment does not confer any entitlement to a position in the competitive service and no entitlement to Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeal rights.


Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Conditions of Employment

Ethics Requirements:  This position is subject to strict prohibited financial interest regulations which could restrict the type of financial interest (stock holdings) for the employee, the spouse, and minor children of the employee. Selectee for this position will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) and obtain clearance from the FDA Division of Ethics and Integrity before a final offer can be made.  For additional information on the prohibited financial interests, please visit the FDA Ethics and Integrity Office website at http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/WorkingatFDA/Ethics/default.htm.

Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security investigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants also are advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

 


Duties

The Chief Scientist provides advice and counsel to the Commissioner on FDA science, innovation, and capacity in research to meet FDA's regulatory mission and public health needs.

The Chief Scientist carries out the following responsibilities:

-Provides executive and scientific leadership for FDA's cross-cutting scientific research and related policies, programs and initiatives;

-Acts on behalf of the Commissioner to provide executive leadership, guidance, and oversight of assigned programs, including direct line authority over the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR); the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats; the Office of Regulatory Science and Innovation; the Office of Scientific Integrity; the Office of Scientific Professional Development; and the Office of Health Informatics and assists the Commissioner by providing general oversight of and informal direction to the Office of Women's Health and the Office of Minority Health;

-Facilitates scientific communication  and cooperation at all levels, including among Centers and Offices, and nurtures interaction with the external scientific community to ensure the optimal use of available resources and tools to advance FDA's mission;

-Supports the Centers in creating nimble, responsive, high quality scientific research organizations that consistently bring the best science to bear on FDA decision-making;

-Provides management and support services to the Science Board to the FDA;

-Represents the Commissioner as circumstances  dictate, serving as the principal FDA spokesperson and liaison on major initiatives and activities with the Office of the Secretary, other Departments and Agencies, the White House, Members of Congress, Federal, state, and local governments, scientific and academic communities, public health organizations, and foreign governments and international organizations; and

-Provides oversight of the development and implementation of strategies, plans, policies, and budgets to build and improve FDA's regulatory and scientific capacities, systems, and programs, including:

o   Developing the FDA Science and Research Plan for determining, prioritizing, and accomplishing the research needs of FDA;

o   Developing and advocating for a budget to support intramural research;

o   Tracking and, as appropriate, coordinating intramural research awards made by each Center or science-based office within the Office of the Commissioner;

o   Providing executive and scientific leadership in the development of agency fellowship programs;

o   Facilitating and supporting training and skills improvement of the existing scientific workforce at FDA;

o   Building capacity and expertise in the quantitative disciplines (e.g., data science, biostatistics, informatics) and other scientific disciplines across FDA;

o   Developing and managing cross-cutting workgroups and cross-cutting extramural programs to advance FDA's science agenda and knowledge base; and

o   Ensuring that there is no duplication of research efforts supported by the Reagan­Udall Foundation for the FDA.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation Incentive may be paid.