Senior Science Advisor

FDA Center for Tobacco Products
May 21, 2020
Silver Spring, MD
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Location: Silver Spring, Maryland, 20901, United States
Job ID: 53564975
Position Title: Senior Science Advisor
Company Name: FDA Center for Tobacco Products


The Senior Science Advisor is a recognized authority in public health and tobacco prevention and control and applies medical and scientific expertise in the drafting and clearance of policy-related materials. Advises Center leadership on scientific and policy issues. Reviews documents submitted for regulatory action. Provides expert input to Center Director on materials used by senior leadership. A medical background is highly desirable.

  • Provides expert professional advice and assistance to Office Directors and staff on a wide range of scientific, policy, and regulatory issues.
  • Reviews Center-wide documents for scientific accuracy as well as public health and policy implications.
  • Maintains strong, constructive, collegial relationship with scientists at other Federal agencies involved in tobacco prevention and control efforts.
  • Reviews and clears scientific documents from other agencies and organizations.
  • Contributes to Center efforts to manage cross-cutting, challenging, or difficult issues by analyzing available information and applying accepted scientific methods and frameworks.
  • Participates in, and contributes to, top level Center, Agency, and Department discussions, meetings, and conferences to include formal presentations related to tobacco regulation with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Monitors and advises the Center Director on sensitive, controversial, and critical problems and precedent-setting issues.
  • Applies extensive knowledge of tobacco prevention and control, the Tobacco Control Act, and Center programs and initiatives to make recommendations on strategic initiatives.
  • Provides authoritative advice, guidance, assistance, interpretations and recommendations in developing new policies and strategic direction as well as solving problems and controversial issues.
  • Demonstrates scientific background through publications in refereed journals and presentations at major professional meetings.
  • In consultation with Center scientists, interprets scientific data in support of regulatory policy to meet CTP public health objectives.
  • Demonstrated skill in identifying problems, gathering information, drawing conclusions, and recommending solutions.
  • Ability to identify data gaps in support of Center-wide policies and priorities and ability to identify potential data sources to fill those gaps.
  • Ability to advise and inform others outside of FDA on Agency rules, regulations, and procedures, provide advice to Senior Leadership at CTP and to diverse staff in the various Offices.
  • Ability to multi-task; to work under short time frames and deadlines while maintaining scientific rigor, and to conduct careful and thoughtful reviews even under extreme time pressures.



BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must have 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.

  • 602: Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or equivalent from a school in the United States or Canada or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.


  1. Knowledge of tobacco prevention and control at the state or Federal level; recognized as a public health/tobacco control expert and authority. (Narrative response required, two page limit.)
  2. Expert knowledge of a broad range of sciences such as chemistry, microbiology, toxicology, pharmacology, medicine, neuroscience, social science, epidemiology, statistics, and evaluation with specific knowledge related to tobacco use or harms or the effectiveness of tobacco control strategies. (Narrative response required, two page limit.)
  3. Significant publication history, including first author publications on tobacco-related topics. (Narrative response required, two page limit.)
  4. Experience reviewing manuscripts for journals; ideally, also experience, drafting, reviewing, and clearing regulatory or policy-related materials. (Narrative response required, two page limit.)


  1. Ability to assess the public health implications of policy issues with strong scientific critical thinking skills and good communication skills. (Narrative response required, if applicable-Two page limit.)
  2. Ability to work across a large, complex organization with individuals who have differing points of view; ability to negotiate acceptance and implementation of recommendations while maintaining a constructive working relationship.
    (Narrative response required, if applicable-Two page limit.)
  3. Possesses excellent time management skills: Ability to multi-task and work under short time frames and deadlines while maintaining scientific rigor and to conduct careful and thoughtful reviews even under extreme time pressures. (Narrative response required, if applicable-Two page limit.)


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