FDA Research Opportunity in Chemical Contaminants

Funding Agency:
Food and Drug Administration

A research opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Office of Applied Research and Safety Assessment (OARSA) located in Laurel, Maryland.

The selected participant will be part of a multidisciplinary toxicology team involved in examining the detection of chemical contaminants in tobacco, food, dietary supplements and cosmetic materials. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be trained in the following research activities:

  • Identify and develop liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) methods
  • Optimize sample preparation for LC/MS/MS analysis
  • Prepare samples for LC/MS/MS analysis
  • Perform LC/MS/MS bioanalysis
  • LC/MS/MS data processing and interpretation
  • Knowledge of UPLC and GC analysis
  • Learn to maintain proper documentation for all areas of study
  • Calibration, repair and maintenance of laboratory equipment

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 Laurel, Maryland, area. Participants do not become employees of FDA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a master's degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen


Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

October 31, 2019