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Staff Fellow – Electromagnetic Laboratory and Modeling Research (ACS) with the FDA – Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)


Ad number: CDRH-OSEL-DBP-005

Position Title : Staff Fellow – Electromagnetic Laboratory and Modeling Research

Job information: This position will be filled using the authority of Title 42 (g). Full time – Service except Limited to 3 years. After the completion of the first 3 years, the appointment may be extended in increments of 3 years.

Wage scale: The salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Place of service: Silver Spring, MD

Security clearance: Public Confidence – Background

Who can be considered: American citizens; Permanent residents; and non-citizens. All applicants must meet applicable security requirements which include a background check and at least 3 of the last 5 years of US residency status.

Job summary: The biomedical physics division of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL) has an opening in Silver Spring, MD for a full-time scientist / engineer position. The Division conducts research on devices to evaluate and improve the safety and efficacy of medical devices. We are looking for a candidate with a concentration in electromagnetic (EM) research, both in the laboratory and in modeling. Our EM research covers a wide range of diagnostic, therapeutic and communication applications and sources. Tasks will include measurement and analysis of electromagnetic fields, specific absorption rate (SAR) and investigation of electromagnetic interference, RF heating and RF communication protocols. The candidate should have a strong background in electrical and electromagnetic engineering with experience in one or more of the following areas: laboratory experience in EM, SAR or CEM data collection, preferably in the area of ​​safety and device compatibility medical; computational electromagnetic modeling; electromagnetic dosimetry; and electrical medical devices.

The position focuses on laboratory and computer research, as well as policy support or advice for the review of new medical devices and the analysis of device failures. The successful candidate will produce written technical and scientific papers for peer-reviewed publications and consultation support activities. Excellent oral and written skills are required.

Academic requirements: Applicants must have a master’s or doctoral degree. or equivalent degree in engineering, physics or a related scientific field. The candidate must be able to demonstrate mastery of the principles and practices of EM measurement and modeling and the ability to apply them to the safety of medical devices. This will enable the fellow to serve as a technical authority in the scientific analysis of the safety and efficacy of medical devices; provide an authoritative analysis of the scientific data submitted to the Agency; and develop new and innovative approaches to scientific testing required for FDA medical device reviews.

Applicants who have completed some or all of their education outside the United States should have their education abroad assessed by an accredited body to ensure that foreign education is comparable to education received in other countries. accredited educational institutions in the United States. This assessment must also be provided before midnight. Eastern Time on the closing date of this vacancy announcement. For more information on overseas education verification, visit the US Department of Education. Another list of services that can perform this assessment is available at National Association of Credential Assessment Services (NACES).

Qualifications: Please document the relevant knowledge, skills and abilities for each area described below and submit with the application.

  • Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent scientific degree in Analytical Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science / Engineering, Polymer Science / Engineering or related field. postdoctoral research experience is preferred.
  • At least three years of experience in planning and conducting laboratory and / or computer research (e.g. with multiphysics modeling software) in the field of electromagnetism, preferably with a focus on safety medical devices.
  • Experience in reviewing, analyzing and using scientific data or other information to advance security technology, preferably with a focus on medical device-related EM.
  • Knowledge of scientific principles and practices associated with the evaluation of RF equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to participate and contribute to multidisciplinary teams and working groups to resolve difficult or controversial research questions.
  • Excellent scientific writing and communication skills.

How you will be assessed: This application will be evaluated by a search committee and will be prioritized based on how your education and experience compare to the needs of the position. Those who are deemed “best qualified” will be referred to the selection official for further consideration.

How to register: To apply for this advertisement, candidates must provide a complete application package including the following: (a) cover letter with compensation requirements, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) narrative responses to the Qualifications section, and (d) the names and contact details of three references

Note: All supporting documents must include the listing number.

Applications should be sent by email to [email protected] Applications must be received by the closing date to be considered. Electronic submission of application documents is encouraged. Applications sent by email should be submitted in MS Word or Adobe pdf format.

Contact Denise Townsend for any questions: Denise, [email protected]

Additional ad information

  • Security and background requirements: All applicants must meet applicable security requirements which include a background check and at least 3 of the last 5 years of US residency status. If not already done, a background security check will be required for all appointees. The nomination will be subject to the candidate’s successful completion of a background security screening and a favorable decision. Failure to meet these requirements may warrant appropriate action by staff. Additionally, if hired, a new background security screening or additional investigation may be required at a later date. Applicants are also advised that all information regarding qualifications is subject to investigation. Misrepresentation may be grounds for disregard, non-selection or appropriate disciplinary action.
  • Advantages: The federal government offers a full package of employee benefits. Learn about the main benefits available to most federal employees at
  • For more information on the FDA / CDRH Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL): / cdrh-offices / office-science-and-engineering-workatories.
  • Travel, transportation and relocation costs Will not do to be paid.