Subject:  FDA Postgraduate Research Opportunity in Food Safety and Nutrition
(Data Analysis/Programming)

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 Food Additive Safety (OFAS), Division of Science and Technology
(DST) located in College Park, Maryland.

OFAS/DST is initiating a research project to advance the understanding of the
United States food supply by establishing a monitoring plan for foods,
ingredients, and nutrients in the US. This research project may involve
searching scientific literature, public information websites, and databases
as well as building databases and web applications, organizing data, cleaning
and loading data, performing quality control of data, developing and
documenting methodology, utilizing quantitative skills, answering various
questions through analysis of data, and providing summary reports. The
audience for this research includes the FDA scientists, policy makers, and
regulated industry.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will receive training on
public policy initiatives, interacting with various databases, and performing
research and review of different types of scientific information. The
participant will be involved in organizing, cleaning, loading, managing,
analyzing, and performing quality control on data, performing analyses and
summarizing findings, and contributing to the development of various reports.
The participant may learn how to write summary memoranda or other
publications that document the research, methodology, and conclusions
resulting from the review of the information as well as how to respond to
public questions.

The qualified candidate should have received a bachelor's or master's degree
in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees
and will reach completion by the appointment start date. Degree must have
been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:
Adept at SAS and/or R, and/or SQL (applied skills; more than just having
taken basic classes)
Working with large databases
Using quantitative skills
Performing data analysis
Organizing and managing data
Developing and documenting methodologies
Performing quality control of data
Written and verbal communication skills
Knowledge of foods and ingredients on food labels

Please apply through the link listed:

Contact Person: Kasey Heintz
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