The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN), Division of Food Processing Science and Technology (DFPST) near Chicago, IL is seeking a full-time ORISE Fellow to serve as a laboratory scientist in food microbiology who will participate in method validation studies and collaborative research programs. DFPST is part of a research consortium at the Institute of Food Safety & Health (IFSH) (www.iit.edu/ifsh), located on the Moffett campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology. IFSH is a food safety research consortium of government, academic, and industry scientists. The chosen candidate will be appointed to a 1-year ORISE fellowship position. This fellowship program is administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (http://orise.orau.gov/science-education/default.aspx). The fellowship does not include federal employee benefits.
Validation of analytical methods and inter-laboratory studies have a major role in developing and implementing guidelines for Model Laboratory Standards and Accreditation requirements of Food Safety modernization Act (FSMA). The Moffett Proficiency Testing program consisting of multidisciplinary team of scientists from both FDA and Institute of Food Safety and Health. The team is involved in detecting and quantifying a variety of pathogens in foods; validating analytical methods according to latest ISO 16140 series of Standards and FDA, AOAC guidelines. Studies include development of newer protocols for developing homogeneous and stable bulk food samples including dry ingredients (nuts, spices, flours and infant formula), fresh produce, dairy products, seafood, and other manufactured foods.
The project will provide diverse experience and training in the areas of food microbiology, including complex assays such as conventional and rapid assays for detection, identification and enumeration of pathogens in food to collect, analyze and summarize inter-laboratory data with detailed method parameters - according to FDA requirements/guidelines and ISO 17043, ISO 13528 and ISO 5725 Standards.
To ensure that the participant has the skills and knowledge needed to be a part of this research project, a Ph.D. degree or a M.S. degree is required. The project requires an advanced level of experience in the areas of food microbiology, as well as skills in interpretation and evaluation of analytical results to determine validity and scientific significance. The participant will need to generate summary reports and manuscript(s). Excellent verbal and written communication skills are needed to ensure success of the project.
Additional Salary Information: Due to the nature of some of the work conducted in the laboratories where this research will be conducted, the participant must be allowed to work in the U.S. FDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a Smoke-Free Workplace
About US FDA
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.