Overview

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A research opportunity is currently available in the Office of New Drugs (OND)/ Office of Nonprescription Drugs (ONPD) at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Silver Spring, Maryland. CDER performs an essential public health task by making sure that safe and effective drugs are available to improve the health of people in the United States. As part of the FDA, CDER regulates over-the-counter and prescription drugs, including biological therapeutics and generic drugs. This work covers more than just medicines.

This project will attempt to systematically analyze the Drug Facts Label (DFL) across all of the label comprehension studies by key label elements and by key demographic subgroups in order to inform evidence-based recommendations as to which aspects of the DFL most need to be addressed and potentially re-imagined. Under the guidance of the mentor, the participant will learn to perform data management/manipulation, meta-analysis modeling, data visualization and manuscript preparation. The participant will gain knowledge in working with consumer behavior studies and applying statistical methods involved in analyzing study data such as categorical data analysis, sample size estimation using confidence interval, and generating forest plots.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and FDA. The initial appointment is for six months, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FDA contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at FDA in the Silver Spring, Maryland, area. Participants do not become employees of FDA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

Completion of a successful background investigation by the Office of Personnel Management is required for an applicant to be on-boarded at FDA.  OPM can complete a background investigation only for individuals, including non-US Citizens, who have resided in the US for a total of three of the past five years.

FDA requires ORISE participants to read and sign their FDA Education and Training Agreement within 30 days of his/her start date, setting forth the conditions and expectations for his/her educational appointment at the agency.  This agreement covers such topics as the following:

Non-employee nature of the ORISE appointment;
Prohibition on ORISE Fellows performing inherently governmental functions;
Obligation of ORISE Fellows to convey all necessary rights to the FDA regarding intellectual property conceived or first reduced to practice during their fellowship;
The fact that research materials and laboratory notebooks are the property of the FDA;
ORISE fellow’s obligation to protect and not to further disclose or use non-public information.

Qualifications

The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within the past five years.

Preferred skills:

Advanced classes in statistics
Knowledge in meta-analysis
Skills in using SAS programming and R programming