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 (DHHS), Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Office of Science (OS) in Silver Spring, Maryland. This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement FDA-CTP-16-MP-1797839SW 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.

This is an interdisciplinary position that may be filled as a General Engineer, GS-801; Biomedical Engineer, GS-858 or Chemical Engineer, GS-893.


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


    • Serve as scientific/technical leader on tobacco product design.
    • Develop rule-makings, guidance documents and other documents.
    • Analyze and interpret data using appropriate quantitative methods.
    • Lead other scientists in the monitoring, measurement, and evaluation of data during studies.
    • Identifies and establishes collaborations with stakeholders to develop projects that further understanding of tobacco product design and manufacture.
    • Represents FDA in forums (e.g. conferences) with other scientists interested in tobacco product regulation.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • 2% Domestic

Relocation Authorized

  • No