*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
A post-doctoral research opportunity in microbial pathogenesis and vaccine development is currently available in the Laboratory of Bacterial Polysaccharides, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), located in the Life Sciences Laboratories of the consolidated FDA White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, Maryland.
This laboratory conducts research on non-capsular immunogens to facilitate the development of vaccines to prevent disease caused by encapsulated bacterial pathogens. Our research is aimed at understanding antigenic diversity as it relates to the development and evaluation of vaccines that will prevent disease caused by serogroup B Neisseria meningitidis and N. gonorrhoeae. Under the guidance of a mentor, the postdoctoral candidate will examine the pathogenesis, immunogenicity and in vitro toxicity associated with novel bacterial proteins from Neisseria meningitidis using a wide range of methods including animal models, cell culture, microarray and proteomic methods.
The ORISE Research Participation Program at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is an educational and training program designed to provide college students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to connect with the unique resources of the FDA. With the support of an assigned mentor, participants have authentic hands-on research experience and allows them access to unique research opportunities, top scientists and engineers, and state-of the art facilities and equipment. The Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) is one Center within the Food and Drug Administration, an Agency within the United States Government’s Department of Health and Human Services. CBER’s mission is to protect and enhance the public health through the regulation of biological and related products including blood, vaccines, allergenics, tissues, and cellular and gene therapies.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: September 1, 2020
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 eleven 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.
If you have questions, send an email to ORISE.FDA.CBER@orau.org.