Research Project Description
Social Science Research Fellowship
Consumer Studies Team
Division of Public Health Informatics and Analytics
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
College Park, MD
A fellowship opportunity is currently available in the Division of Public Health Informatics and Analytics (DPHIA) within the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The selected participant will join the CFSAN Consumer Studies Team (CST).
The CST applies social science knowledge and techniques to plan, implement, analyze and evaluate policy-oriented consumer research for CFSAN, and provides expert social science advice to CFSAN and other FDA units. This research focuses on consumer and industry response to nutrition and food safety issues, including nutrition labeling, warning labels, risk communication, and consumer education. Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant may be involved in the following activities:
- Compiling, cleaning, verifying and coding existing and future consumer and industry survey and other data obtained by and/or available to the CST, in preparation for statistical and qualitative analyses.
- Conducting statistical and qualitative social science research regarding consumer and industry knowledge, attitude, and behavior reactions to labeling, risk communication, consumer education, regulation, and other areas of interest.
- Training in and contributing to preparation of internal and external dissemination of research outputs.
The Research Participation Program for FDA is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FDA contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend depending on educational level and experience. The participant must show proof of health insurance. The appointment is full-time at FDA in the College Park, Maryland, area. Participants do not become employees of FDA or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.
- At least a Master’s 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. Degrees must have been earned within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Basic knowledge of or experience with development, compilation, and coding quantitative survey and other data and experience with social science research is desirable.
- Permanent residency or US citizenship required.
How to Apply:
To be considered, please send a current CV/resume to the attention of FDArpp@orau.org. Please reference FDA-CFSAN-2013-0026 in all communications.