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Friday, July 18, 2008

FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship Program

FDA Launches Fellowship Program to Develop Pipeline of Scientists, Other Professionals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced it is launching a two-year fellowship program aimed at attracting scientists, engineers and health professionals to the agency. The FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship Program will provide participants with advanced training in the scientific analysis involved in the safety and regulatory decisions unique to the agency’s mission.

"Attracting the best scientists to FDA helps us make timely decisions and give doctors and patients helpful and accurate advice about treatment options. And timely decisions encourage more investment in developing new drugs and better medical devices,” said Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Tevi D. Troy. "The FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship Program will not only bring great fellows in the door, but encourage them to make FDA their career.”

Applicants are being considered for the first entering class of the program, which will begin in October 2008. The agency is seeking physicians, microbiologists, chemists, statisticians, pharmacists, biomedical engineers, nutritionists, veterinarians and other science professionals. Applicants should have a doctoral degree in medicine or another scientific field; engineers must have at least a bachelor’s degree. Between 30 and 40 applicants will be accepted for the first entering class.

"The FDA is a science-based regulatory agency, and to fulfill our mission over the coming decade we will need to recruit thousands of highly skilled scientists and others with specialized and relevant expertise,” said Frank M. Torti, M.D., M.P.H., principal deputy commissioner and chief scientist. “The FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship Program is designed to attract these people to the FDA and provide them with in-depth knowledge of the science that underpins regulatory decisions as we meet the challenges of both globalization and rapid changes in science and technology."

The FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship Program will include coursework and extensive hands-on experience in FDA regulatory science including regulatory review opportunities. More than 20 courses and seminars will be offered on topics including FDA law, ethics and decision making, biostatistics, clinical trial design, population science and epidemiology, risk assessment, international activities, budgeting and operations, leadership, and public policy.

A full listing of courses is available at http://www.fda.gov/commissionersfellowships/default.htm. The courses will be taught at the agency's new, state-of-the-art campus at White Oak, Md., and at other facilities by senior FDA staff and faculty from universities in the region.

During the first semester, each fellow will identify an in-depth research project to be completed during the program, allowing each fellow to explore a specific area of interest under the guidance of a senior FDA scientist who will serve as a preceptor. Fellows will devote about 70 percent of their time to the scientific project and 30 percent to coursework.

More information about the FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship Program and instructions for applicants are available at http://www.fda.gov/commissionersfellowships/program.html.

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Faculty Research Assistant

University of Maryland, College Park

Title: Faculty Research Assistant
Closing Date: August 31, 2008
Department: Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Starting Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Additional Salary Info: Full time position with leave, holidays, health insurance, and retirement plan

Duties: The Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland seeks a highly motivated and energetic person to work as a Faculty Research Assistant in the bioengineering laboratories. This opportunity will focus on the training, maintenance, and operation of two recently acquired flow cytometers (BD FACSCanto II and BD FACSAria II). Additional duties include the operation of a variety of cell and molecular biology equipment, including histological and pathological devices, quantitative RT-PCR, fluorescent microscopy, mechanical testing systems, as well as general laboratory maintenance and operations.

To Apply: Please send resume and references by email to Dr. John P. Fisher (jpfisher@umd.edu), Fischell Department of Bioengineering, University of Maryland, 3238 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building (#225), College Park, MD 20742. The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Requirements: Applicants must have a degree in bioengineering or a closely related field. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in flow cytometry, particularly with the FACSCanto and FACSAria. In addition, it is desirable to have experience with cell and tissue biology techniques related to bioengineering, biomaterials, and tissue engineering, including cell culture, primary cell isolation and culture, DNA/RNA isolation and analysis, PCR, in vivo models, histology, and pathology. Applicants must be dedicated and motivated to this field of work.

Senior Scientist/Project Manager

CCS Associates, Inc.
Location: Vienna (Tyson's Corner), Virginia-Vienna 22182
Posted on: 12:30 PM, Thursday, July 17, 2008
Position type: Full time
Job Code: SrSci,ProMgr
Required education: Doctorate
Area(s) of expertise desired: Pharmacology, Project Management, Regulatory Affairs

A biomedical scientist with drug development experience and expertise in clinical protocol development who is responsible for overseeing technical and scientific tasks in support of our clinical biomarker and drug development program; development and management of projects within a technical program; serving as scientific resource and biomarker expert; and interaction with clients (including Natonal Institutes of Health divisions).

Duties: to provide project and staff planning assisting the President and CCSA Directors in organizing and creating study timelines; establish roles and responsibilities for project team; assist in study budget preparation; resolve team issues; serve as biomarker (imaging, histopathology, molecular profiling) expert; prepare documents for clients (i.e., IND, Investigator's Brochures, Clinical Development Plans); contribute to design of scientific databases; plans, participates, documents expert workshops and conferences; interacts with government clients; develops regulatory expertise.

Requirements .
  • PhD or research MD with >3 years relevant post-graduate experience in pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry, contract research organization, government or private research institute or academia. Scientific training and expertise in areas relevant to program, specifically in clinical drug and biomarker development.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; publications in peer-reviewed biomedical journals
  • Experience in managing clinical research projects
  • Extensive scientific and technical background in biomedical sciences; skill in data analysis
  • Ability to work effectively without supervision
  • Dependable, assumes responsibility and accepts, supports, and positively facilities change
  • Ability to supervise project area and staff

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