Staff Fellow (Data Scientist)

Wallops Island, Virginia
Jun 02, 2023
Jun 06, 2023
Full Time

  • As a Data Scientist (Staff Fellow) in OST, you will:
  • Serve as a subject matter expert in data science and analytics related to medical device supply chains.
  • Participate in RSCP data analytics activities including but not limited to data sourcing, data acquisition, data cleaning and validation, data ingestion, data management, and EDA.
  • Participate in RSCP modeling activities including but not limited to stakeholder meetings, problem definition, conceptual modeling approach, alternative model, model building and testing, results presentation, visualization, and model implementation.
  • Develop machine learning models to detect and identify supply chain trends and associated risks at early stages and, Represent RSCP in assigned FDA-wide data science efforts related to supply chain resiliency.
  • Support RSCP efforts to develop a comprehensive, state-of-the-art data acquisition, analytics, and modeling strategy to support overarching programmatic goals. Manage assigned projects and tasks including timelines and risk management.
  • Work collaboratively with the CDRH digital transformation/data modernization (DT/DM) team to develop a comprehensive enterprise-wide supply chain data governance strategy that includes management, security, transference, and integration components
  • Collaborate with colleagues across CDRH to continuously evaluate the medical device supply chain, and to research emerging technologies to enhance and advance data collection, standardization, integration, and programmatic goals and objectives.
  • Draft recommendations for Program and Office leadership, to describe data science activities, analysis, results, and conclusions to assist in addressing supply chain vulnerabilities, risks, and regulatory decision-making and succession planning.
  • Work with leadership to forge partnerships with medical device manufacturers, suppliers, foreign agencies, professional scientific organizations, federal, state, and local stakeholders; regarding the manufacturing and delivery of medical devices.


Conditions of Employment

  • Public Filer financial disclosure statement required, see the Additional Information section for details!
  • Males born on, or after, December 31st 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an approved exemption. Visit for more info.
  • Background and/or Security investigation required, see the Additional Information section for details!
  • Prohibited financial interest restrictions apply, see the Additional Information section for details!
  • Veterans Preference DOES NOT APPLY to positions, such as this one, advertised under Title 42-G hiring regulations.


BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Degree: Mathematics, statistics, computer science, data science or field directly related to the position. The degree must be in a major field of study (at least at the baccalaureate level) that is appropriate for the position.

Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major field of study (30 semester hours) as shown in paragraph A above, plus additional education or appropriate experience.

Minimum Qualifications for RG-00 (Equivalent to GS-13): You must possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 or equivalent band level of responsibility in the Federal service, to include: Providing specialized data science knowledge to include analytical expertise in and/or relevant to the development of tools and systems for supply chain and shortage analysis and identifying and collecting data about medical device supply chains from external and internal sources.

Minimum Qualifications for RG-00 (Equivalent to GS-14): You must possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 or equivalent band level of responsibility in the Federal service, to include: Developing methods to analyze supply chain and/or relevant and/or similar types of data from disparate sources and analyzing data sets to determine the quality and content and verify clean data for ingestion to maintain use in supply chain and device shortage analysis.


Desirable Education: A doctoral-level degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, such as a Ph.D. or D.V.M., or other research doctoral-degree widely recognized in U.S. academe as equivalent to a Ph.D.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit the U.S. Department of Education website for Foreign Education Evaluation .

SUBMITTING YOUR TRANSCRIPTS: Positions which are scientific or technical in nature often have very specific educational requirements. A transcript is required to verify educational achievement. Pay careful attention to the Qualifications and Education sections to identify vacancies where a transcript is required. Even if you hold a similar position or are a current employee, you are not exempt from transcript requirements.

Additional information

Additional Conditions of Employment:
  • Security and Background Requirements: This position requires a Security Clearance . If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication of a Security Clearance. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualification is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal.
  • Political Appointees: If you are serving, or have served in the last 5 years (from 01/19/2018) as an Executive Branch political, Schedule C, or Non-career SES appointee, HHS/FDA may be required to obtain approval by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prior to beginning employment. You can find out if you have held one of these appointment types by looking at your Standard Form 50s in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF), in Section 5 where the legal authorities are listed. If you have served or are currently serving, you must provide a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting this appointment. In addition, you will be required to respond to the question in the assessment and certify your responses to the questionnaire. See the OPM page Political Appointees FAQ for more.
  • E-Verify: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required. FDA inspires public confidence by maintaining high ethical principles, and all Federal Government employees are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct, that govern activities with outside organizations and reporting financial holdings. Certain positions within the FDA are subject to strict restrictions on financial holdings (FDA regulated financial holdings). The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 also requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278, prior to assuming this position, annually, and upon termination of employment. To determine how this position is affected, applicants are advised to seek additional information during the interview process from the Ethics and Integrity Staff, Division Management Programs at (301) 796-8435 prior to accepting such a position.
  • Prohibited financial interests restrictions apply: Employees designated as public or confidential filers, and their spouse or minor children, may not hold financial interests in FDA significantly regulated organizations.
  • Relocation and travel expense reimbursement: No
  • Position supervisory status: No
  • Bargaining Unit: Yes/NTEU-3591

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