FDA/CFSAN/Office of Food Safety/Office of Operations
Location: College Park, Maryland
Type: Full Time
Salary: $144,128 to $172,500 per year
This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Food Safety, Division of Dairy, Egg, and Meat Products which provides oversight of regulations, guidance, policy, programs, position papers, and advisory opinions related to the safety, defense, composition, and quality of dairy, egg, non-amenable meats, game meats, and non-amenable animal by-products (animal-derived foods).
Manages and directs, through subordinate supervisors, and the work effort of professional scientists.
Provides scientific and technical leadership and guidance in policy procedures related to animal-derived food safety.
Directs a segment of a professional, highly technical, animal-derived food safety program. The work has significant direct impact on the egg, dairy, non-amenable meat, and game meat industries and the Food and Drug Administration?s mission.
Provides expert scientific and technical advice and assistance to the Center Director, Office Director, other key officials and the field on animal-derived food safety issues, field programs initiatives and activities related to animal-derived foods.
The position of Supervisory Biologist/Microbiologist/Chemist falls under the 0401/0403/1320 occupational series. To qualify for this position at grade GS-15, you must meet the following:
Biologist, 0401: A degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR A combination of education and experience that includes courses equivalent to a major as shown above plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Microbiologist, 0403: A degree in microbiology a degree in microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent. OR A combination of education and experience that includes courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Chemist, 1320: A degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics. OR A combination of education and experience that includes course work equivalent to a major as shown above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Specialized Experience. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
You must possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 in the Federal service that includes experience: assisting with the development and implementation of policies, regulations, or guidelines involving milk and milk products, shell eggs and egg products or game meat food safety; conducting scientific research reviews and/or regulatory compliance and enforcement activities related to milk and milk products, shell eggs and egg products or game meat food safety programs within a state regulatory/industry/academic environment; leading or supervising a team of subject matter experts to advance food safety and/or public health initiatives.
About FDA/CFSAN/Office of Food Safety/Office of Operations
The Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration is responsible for developing and implementing regulations, guidance, policy, programs, position papers and advisory opinions, and recommends priorities for issues related to the safety of food for human consumption (produce, plant products, dairy, eggs, meat, seafood) and technologies used within food processing with the scope of responsibility of the office; recommends research priorities for issues related to the safety of food; develops, collects, and interprets data regarding the safety of food; provides expert policy, scientific and technical advice; serves as principal liaison to industry, international organizations, and other organizations on issues related to food; reviews proposed regulatory actions and provides technical evaluation; implements the laws and regulations related to food for human consumption; and develops model regulations and provides support, training, evaluation and certification for State and international food safety programs.
The Office of Food Safety is responsible for utilizing biological, microbiological, and chemical knowledge to inform scient...ific and regulatory decisions, regarding the safety of food for human consumption. Scientists collect data and scientific information to support decisions, regulatory programs, and policies. Scientists advise CFSAN staff, FDA staff, and other relevant parties on biology, microbiology, and chemistry and public health policies, regulations, and procedures that affect food for human consumption.