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FDA Inhalation Drug Characterization Fellowship

U.S. Food and Drug Administration, St Louis, MO, United States
Employer Description

A research opportunity is currently available in the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality/ Office of Testing and Research (OTR) at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) located in St. Louis, Missouri. 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.

Job Description

The project will focus on analysis of the deposition of dry nasal powder inside a 3D printed nasal cavity and high speed imaging of dry-powder inhalers (DPI) for performance analysis. Under the guidance of the mentor, the participant will be trained on instruments, such as cascade impactors and morphologically directed Raman spectroscopy, related to testing and research for DPI. The participant will also have an opportunity to learn X-ray powder diffraction for studying polymorphic structures in dry powdered drugs.

Job Requirements

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 one year, 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 St. Louis, Missouri, 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.
JOB DETAILS
POSTED
08 November 2021
CLOSES
07 May 2022
JOB TYPE
Internship
PREFERRED EDUCATION
Doctorate/PhD
HOURLY RATE (US Dollars)
Open
JOB FUNCTION
Researcher
FIELD
Research and Development