The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Moffett Research Center of the Institute for Food Safety & Health (IFSH), is seeking a full-time position to serve as a research chemist/research food chemist who will participate in a collaborative research program at the IFSH. This person will be appointed to a 1-year fellowship position, with a possibility of yearly renewal for up to several (5) years. The research fellowship program is administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities. The fellowship does not include benefits.
The participant will be part of a multidisciplinary team involved in examining the detection and control of allergenic proteins in food and in the food processing environment. Desired skills include a strong background in analytical chemistry, protein purification methods, and the use of immunochemical methods (ELISA, dipstick/LFD tests, Western blot analysis) and total and peptide analyses. Knowledge of statistics and experimental design are also highly recommended. The incumbent must assist in the interpretation and evaluation of the analytical results to determine validity and scientific significance. Strong academic credentials and excellent verbal and written communication skills are also required.
The candidate will have a M.S. or PhD in Food Technology/Food Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry or other closely related field. Qualified candidates with strong academic records and hands-on expertise in analytical chemistry, food chemistry or protein chemistry analytical methods are especially desired. The project requires diverse experience in the areas of basic food and analytical chemistry using complex assays such as ELISA, SDS-PAGE electrophoresis/Western blot analysis, general protein-based tests, and other methods for detecting and quantifying proteins and peptides. Familiarity with analytical methods for extracting and purifying food constituents and contaminants and statistical procedures are highly desirable. In addition, candidates should have familiarity with food processing methods and processing equipment. The incumbent must interpret and evaluate the results of analysis to determine validity and scientific significance. Manuscripts which include, diagrams, charts, graphs, etc. related to research activities and outcomes, will be expected to be written with minimal editing. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are needed.
About U.S. Food and Drug Administration
US Food and Drug Administration, Office of Food Safety.
The Division of Food Processing Science and Technology (DFPST) consists of the Process Engineering Branch (PEB), the Food Technology Branch (FTB), and the Laboratory Proficiency and Evaluation Team (LPET). For the past 30 years DFPST has collaborated with the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) in Bedford Park, Illinois, a consortium of the Illinois Institute of Technology, the U.S. FDA, and the food industry.
DFPST’s research program supports science-based guidance and policy related to food safety issues and emerging technologies to provide data for regulatory decision making. DFPST scientists also conduct a mandated national program to ensure laboratory compliance with Grade A Milk requirements and conducts an ISO certified proficiency testing and methods validation program to support mandated laboratory accreditations.