The Office of Public Health Strategy and Analysis (OPHSA) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is searching for a qualified and motivated professional to join its Data Science and Visual Analytics Fellowship program. The program goals are to work on projects of public health importance and advance both the fellow’s skill set and OPHSA mission.
About the FDA and OPHSA: FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through regulation of a wide range of products including medical products, food and tobacco. OPHSA is located in the Office of Policy, Planning, Legislation, and Analysis, in the Office of the Commissioner. OPHSA serves as a resource to the Agency for quantitative and qualitative research and analysis on emerging issues and for advancing work on priority public health initiatives. OPHSA does this through its work on initiatives such as opioids, drug pricing, and transparency, as well as by developing and executing research to link agency activities and outputs to public health outcomes.
About the Fellowship: The fellow will be responsible for projects related to public health policy. For example, the fellow may assist OPHSA staff in work to clean and quantitatively analyze complex, relational datasets on issues such as first generic approvals by FDA or trends in opioid and naloxone use. The fellow will also work on developing visual analytical dashboards in Python, Qlik Sense, or Tableau. Additionally, the candidate will be required to script ad-hoc and novel solutions in Python, for example, management of PostgreSQL databases and interacting with webservices for data calls. The projects will depend on the skill set and interests of the fellow as well as office priorities at the time of the fellowship.
The fellow will be the primary person responsible for the assigned project(s) and will be expected to meet all deadlines and communicate with FDA mentors/advisors and other team members about the progress of the project(s), as well as any related issues.
While at the FDA, the fellow will have additional learning opportunities including: attending high-level policy and planning meetings with the office director, staff, and FDA senior leadership; exposure to other OPHSA work and the opportunity to learn from various active projects, and; the opportunity to explore the FDA beyond OPHSA.
Minimum education and experience requirements:
A bachelors, masters, PhD, or certificate in computer science, data science, or related fields.
Strong foundational knowledge and experience in Python including: data science packages (e.g., pandas and numpy); managing PostgreSQL databases (e.g., psycopg); ability to create data/analytical visualization in Flask and Dash/Plotly; and ability to set up and call APIs/webservices (SOAP and REST) in Python (e.g., zepe) and other methods.
Experience working with SQL in large relational datasets (e.g., PostgreSQL).
Familiarity with data visualization tools such as Qlik Sense and Tableau; training in these programs will be provided, as necessary, but independent learning will be required.
Experience conducting quantitative research (primary data collection, secondary analysis, mathematical modeling, etc.) and work in the public health sector is desired but not necessary.
Clinical or scientific background, such as RN, PA, MD, PharmD, or PhD, desired but not necessary.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.
The application packet will include the following:
Resume or CV with maximum one-page cover letter highlighting candidate’s interests in the fellowship, relevant experiences, and salary requirements, with start date.
Two project samples – data science/analytics and visual analytics oriented, in Python – to be shared via GitHub.
Contacts for three professional references.
Transcripts of qualifying degree(s) (unofficial transcripts acceptable).
An interview with OPHSA staff, to be held via phone or in-person (if applicant is in Washington DC area).
A skills test in Python, PostgreSQL, and web-services.
Additional Salary Information: A competitive stipend, based on FDA’s criteria for education-level stipends, and 3 days per month for personal use such as vacation or illness.
About US Food and Drug Administration
Office of Public Health Strategy and Analysis (OPHSA) provides analytical and strategic leadership on public health issues and assess the impact of Agency activities upon the public health.