Environmental Toxicologist or Biologist-Staff Fellow

Rockville, MD
Jul 29, 2021
Sep 27, 2021
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation (ONADE), Division of Scientific Support is seeking qualified job applicants for the position of Toxicologist or Biologist.  The Division of Scientific Support provides expertise, leadership, and coordination to all CVM offices regarding environmental impact, pharmacology, and biostatistical evaluations for reviews and research. Through our independent and collaborative reviews and evaluations, we support the Center’s scientific and regulatory goals.  This position will be filled through FDA’s Staff Fellowship program.  The appointment is for up to two years with opportunities for renewal. 


As a Toxicologist or Biologist, you will work on the Environmental Team conducting scientific evaluations and regulatory reviews prepared to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This includes review of environmental assessments, terrestrial and/or aquatic ecotoxicology studies (e.g., soil microorganisms, plants, earthworms, dung fauna, algae, aquatic invertebrates, fish), and other data (e.g., environmental fate, transport, and exposure data) submitted by applicants of new animal drugs, feed/food additive petitions, and other types of applications.  The Team applies knowledge of environmental toxicology and chemistry, standardized test methodology, risk assessment methods and applicable laws and regulations to evaluate the potential environmental impacts from the investigational use and approval of new animal drugs, feed/food additive petitions, and other types of applications.  You will perform environmental risk analyses and will provide expertise and recommendations in this area to the Environmental Team and applicants.  You will also prepare review documentation, environmental assessments, and findings of no significant impact to support CVM decisions regarding the impact of the substances on the environment.

Job applicants should have experience reviewing, evaluating, and/or conducting ecotoxicity studies, and analyzing and evaluating environmental data. Job applicants should have experience with standardized and/or internationally harmonized test guidelines such as those issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), hands-on experience in ecotoxicology, performing acute and chronic effects studies, and/or writing environmental study evaluations. Preference will be given to those with experience related to terrestrial ecotoxicity studies (e.g., plant, earthworm, microorganisms, and/or dung fauna). Although not required, it is desired that job applicants have experience in evaluating and preparing environmental risk assessments for drugs, pesticides, and/or other environmental contaminants.

ONADE offers many benefits and operates in a hoteling work environment.Hoteling is an arrangement where employees reserve non-dedicated, non-permanent workspace at the Rockville duty station on an as-needed basis and as required (when in person attendance is deemed important and regardless of need, no less than 2 days per pay period).Applicants should be located in, or willing to relocate to, the greater Washington DC area.ONADE provides the basic technology (e.g., laptop, monitors, webcam) needed to effectively work in the Rockville office and in a teleworking location. Hoteling, along with a strong telework program and strong electronic communication and workflow tools, affords employees in ONADE the flexibility to balance work/life demands while contributing to our high performing organization.

The position is located in Rockville, Maryland and is available immediately. The position can be filled at the GS-12 or GS-13 equivalent level based on experience and education.  The salary range for the GS-12 equivalent level is $87,198 to $113,362 and for the GS-13 equivalent is $103,690 to $134,798.  Further qualification requirement information can be found at the following links:



The vacancy announcement will close 8/30/2021.  **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  “Ecological Society of America- EST Toxicologist”.  Questions may also be directed to the CVM Opportunities mailbox.

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