Employment Position: US Food and Drug Administration: Pharmacologist/Toxicologist

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US Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking scientists to serve as Pharmacologists and Toxicologists in the Office of New Drugs (OND) in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research located in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Office of New Drugs’ mission is to protect and enhance the health of the public through the review and evaluation of scientific data submitted by pharmaceutical manufacturers in support of New Drug, New Biologics, and Investigational New Drug applications (NDA/BLA/IND), and determine if candidate drugs are reasonably safe to be tested or marketed for human use. Our scientists contribute to drug development programs and in evaluating safety testing results. The pharmacologist/toxicologist reviews and evaluates the results of nonclinical pharmacological and toxicological studies submitted in support of NDAs, BLAs, and INDs. These reviews serve as the basis for calculating safe starting doses for first-in-human clinical trials, safety in later clinical trials for the proposed marketing indication, and address product labeling.

Qualifications: Candidates for Civil Service or US Commissioned Corps must be US citizens. Permanent US residents may apply for staff fellowship appointments. Candidates must meet the following basic requirements:

Pharmacologist —A degree with a major in appropriate biological, medical, veterinary, or physical science, or in pharmacy that included at least 30 semester–hours in chemistry and physiology and 12 semester–hours in pharmacology.

Toxicologists—Degree: toxicology; or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester–hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester–hours in toxicology.

Graduates of foreign colleges/universities must provide proof of US education equivalency certification.

Highly Desirable: An advanced degree in a relevant biological science, such as a PhD in Pharmacology or Toxicology, or a DVM, is highly desirable.

Salary: Salary Commensurate with Education and Experience

For Consideration: Please submit an electronic curriculum vitae with a cover letter via email at: OND-Employment@fda.hhs.gov no later than September 30, 2014. Please indicate that you are applying to Pharm/Tox.

US FDA is an equal opportunity employer and has a smoke free environment. 

Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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