JOE - April 2013

Food and Drug Administration
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Office of Analytics and Outreach
Consumer Science Research Position
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Consumer Science Research Position
Section: 5 -- Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: College Park, MD, USA
JEL Classification: Y9 -- Other
Keywords: Consumer Science Research
Deadline Date: 04/30/2013
Salary Range: $74,872-$115,742

JOE ID Number: 201304_398693

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The Consumer Studies Team (CST), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is seeking applications to fill Consumer Science Staff Fellow position(s). One or more selections may be made. The salary will be generally equivalent to the Federal General Schedule GS-12 (annual salary: $74,872-$97,333) or GS-13 level (annual salary: $89,033-$115,742), commensurate with degree and experience. FDA is an equal opportunity employer and offers a smoke-free environment. Staff Fellows in FDA are on a special term limited appointment and renewal of appointments are made on an annual basis, subject to availability of funds.

The CFSAN formulates national regulatory policy on the safety and labeling of food and cosmetic products. The CST applies social science knowledge and techniques to plan, implement, analyze, and evaluate policy-oriented consumer research for the Center and provides expert social science advice to CFSAN and other FDA units.

(1) Conduct and/or participate in planning, conceptualizing, designing data collection (e.g., focus groups, surveys, and experimental studies) and analysis of primary and/or secondary data;
(2) Advise Center management on consumer research issues as they relate to Center policies and serve as technical advisor to various committees and task groups within and outside the Center that deal with matters affecting consumers and industry;
(3) Disseminate and/or participate in disseminating research findings in peer-reviewed journal articles, in presentations at professional society meetings and conferences, and to CFSAN and other FDA units; and
(4) Maintain contacts with professional peers within and outside of the FDA and maintain a current working knowledge of consumer research literature.

(1) A Master's or Doctoral degree in a behavioral or social science discipline including, but not limited to, communications, consumer science, economics, evaluation, marketing, psychology, public health, public policy, survey methodology, and sociology;
(2) Evidence of training and experience in applied quantitative and/or qualitative research in a social science discipline;
(3) Strong written and oral communication skills; and
(4) Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.

Application Instructions:

Interest and experience in applying social science techniques to consumer research related to food safety and nutrition issues is preferred. Inquiries are encouraged.

Applicants should send a resume and two research writing samples by April 30, 2013 to Ms. Amy Lando at

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