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FDA Postdoctoral Glyco-technology Lab Fellowship

Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Maryland

About the position

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDER Office/Lab and Location: Two research opportunities are available in the Office of Biotechnology Products (OBP), Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) located in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) performs an essential public health task by making sure that safe and effective drugs are available to improve the health of people in the United States. As part of FDA, CDER regulates over-the-counter and prescription drugs, including biological therapeutics and generic drugs. This work covers more than just medicines.

Research Project: This project will research the glycan release from glycoprotein drugs with chemo-enzymatic methods and characterize glycan structures with state-of-the-art technologies, including H(U)PLC and mass spectrometry (MS).

Under the guidance of the mentor, the participant will learn state-of-the-art technologies and develop novel technologies for feasible analysis of glycosylation of therapeutic glycoprotein drugs, including monoclonal antibody (mAb) drugs, fusion proteins, enzyme-replacement therapies, plasma products, etc. in manufacturing control and characterization.

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 appointment is for 12 months. 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 Ethics Requirements:

If an ORISE Fellow, to include their spouse and minor children, reports what is identified as a Significantly Regulated Organization (SRO) or prohibited investment fund financial interest in any amount, or a relationship with an SRO, except for spousal employment with an SRO, and the individual will not voluntarily divest the financial interest or terminate the relationship, then the individual is not placed at FDA. For additional requirements, see FDA Ethics for Nonemployee Scientists.

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.

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Contact name

Abbey Becker

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The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing a doctoral degree with completion before September 29, 2023. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred Skills:

  • Skills in mass spectrometry and in glyco-chemistry and/or proteomics.