Veterinary Medical Officer/ Interdisciplinary Scientist
Food and Drug Administration/Center for Veterinary Medicine
April 4, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
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 Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Office of Surveillance & Compliance (OS&C), Division of Animal Feeds is seeking qualified applicants for a vacancy on the Nutrition and Labeling Team 1. This position can be filled by a variety of scientific disciplines including Veterinary Medical Officers, Animal Scientists, etc. and therefore the exact title of the position will be determined during selection. This position may be filled through FDA’s Staff Fellowship Program with an appointment up to 2 years with opportunity for renewal or through the General Schedule, again this will be determined at the time of selection.
The Office of Surveillance and Compliance (OSC) has primary responsibility for: compliance-related actions, post-approval monitoring, and animal feed safety. OSC monitors the safety and effectiveness of marketed drugs after they enter the market. Working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and State agencies, the Office monitors the occurrence of unsafe drug residues in meat, milk, and poultry products. OSC assures the safety of animal food by reviewing new animal food ingredients, providing oversight of the medicated feeds program, and providing oversight of the feed contaminants program. The Office coordinates enforcement actions against unapproved animal food and drugs that are on the market and that threaten public and animal health. The Nutrition and Labeling Team 1 reviews data and information submitted or otherwise available to CVM regarding the intended use of food additives, GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) substances, and other substances intended for nutritional purposes in animal foods, such as new sources of, proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, and fatty acids. The team evaluates pet food labels for compliance with federal regulations and recommends any necessary modifications to label content or format.
This position will: •review the safety, utility, labeling, and regulations of proposed food additives from industry stakeholders •review the safety and utility for industry notified GRAS substances •review composition and labeling for acceptability with United States laws and regulation for animal food products and ingredients offered for import into the United States •review safety, utility, and labeling for select animal pet products bearing disease treatment claims regulated as food •review composition and labeling of animal products for regulation as animal food versus animal drug •represent the policy and position of the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine at local, state and national conferences •review industry sponsored feed ingredient definitions for safety, utility and defined wording on behalf of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) •interact with AAFCO on various committees regarding aspects of animal food regulation across the United States For this position, applicants should possess critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate the safety and utility of food additives and other substances and to apply current regulations, guidelines, and policies for the regulation of animal foods and ingredients. Applicants should have exposure to biochemistry, animal physiology, nutrition, and health of companion and/or food animals. Applicants should possess experience and an understanding of study design and associated appropriate statistical approaches for analysis and valid inferential conclusions as well as the ability to search scientific literature and other databases to gather and assess weight of the evidence and risk-based evaluations of data and information relevant to the substance or topic under review.
The position is located in Rockville, Maryland and is available immediately. The salary range for this position is the GS-12 equivalent ($81,548 - $106,012) and GS-13 equivalent ($96,970 to $126,062), salary will be set based on experience, education, and budget. Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified persons, including non-citizens with permanent residency status.
Further information regarding qualification requirements can be found at the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=List-by-Title This vacancy announcement will close at midnight on June 4, 2018.
**Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.**
Please submit your letter of interest, resume, and transcripts to: CVMOpportunities@fda.hhs.gov with the subject line of “SF GS-DAF”. Questions may also be directed to the CVM Opportunities mailbox. FDA is an equal opportunity employer and is a smoke-free environment.
About Food and Drug Administration/Center for Veterinary Medicine
The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is an internationally recognized, high performance, public health organization. Our mission is to protect human and animal health by regulating the manufacture and distribution of food additives and drugs that will be given to animals. These include animals from which human foods are derived, as well as food additives and drugs for pet (or companion) animals. We are also responsible for regulating drugs, devices, and food additives given to, or used on, over one hundred million companion animals, plus millions of poultry, cattle, swine, and minor animal species. (Minor animal species include animals other than cattle, swine, chickens, turkeys, horses, dogs, and cats.)
Due to the immensity of its charge, CVM depends upon a diverse and dedicated workforce. We recognize the importance of multi-disciplinary teamwork in reaching superior and timely regulatory decisions therefore we foster an atmosphere where every employee’s contribution is important. New concepts, ideas, and creative approaches to improve current operations and to meet existing and future challenges are encouraged. Our goal is to not only enable our employees to positively im...pact the Center today, but to prepare our workforce for the demands, responsibilities, and career opportunities of tomorrow.
FDA is an equal opportunity employer and is a smoke-free environment.