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Cellular and Molecular Biology

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) , Silver Spring, Maryland

Position Description:

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A research opportunity is currently available with the Division of Cellular and Gene Therapies, in the Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies (OTAT), at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) located in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The main aim of this project is to examine the critical quality attributes (CQA) of CAR-T cell products manufactured by conventional and automated advanced manufacturing systems including closed/contained and bio-reactor platforms. A large number of CAR-T cells are needed to characterize CQAs in vitro and study safety and bio-distribution of CAR-T cells in vivo in mouse models of human cancers. The project aims at studying important issues of product manufacturing, which should be flexible, scalable and reproducible ensuring GMP-compliant products and finally should be cost-effective.

The research will focus on comparative assessment of CQA of human CAR-T cell product targeted to IL-13Ra2 (phenotypic and functional assessment) produced by different platform technologies. The study will also focus on optimization of critical process parameters for the isolation, activation and transduction of T cells by lentiviral vectors for production of CAR-T cells. The manufacturing technologies may include closed system, conventional approach and bioreactor expansion of CAR-T cells. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will learn how to produce, purify and evaluate lentiviral gene therapy vectors and test them in vitro and in vivo animal models of human cancers.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: as early as May 8, 2020

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 initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FDA contingent on the availability of funds. 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.


The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in a Life Health and Medical Sciences field, or be currently pursuing the degree and will reach completion by the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:
  • Experience in the purification and characterization of proteins in mammalian systems
  • Basic recombinant DNA techniques
  • Excellent tissue culture techniques
  • Experience with molecular, virological and immunological assays including flow-cytometry, measuring T-cell mediated immune responses, ELISpot and ELISA
  • Willingness to learn new technologies and methods including animal models of human cancers 

To Apply:

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A complete application consists of:
  • An application
  • Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. All transcripts must be in English or include an official English translation. Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts.
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • One educational or professional recommendation

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity (FDA-CBER-2020-0030) in your email.

Application Deadline: September 14, 2020 3:00PM EST


This post will be available until July 14, 2020 or until filled.

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