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Food Safety Fellows
What is the Food Safety Fellows Program?
In order to provide the agency with the ability to attract and develop a diverse cadre of superb post-doctoral scientists who have valuable expertise and knowledge in cutting-edge scientific and technical areas, FSIS has established the Food Safety Fellows Program.

This program will allow FSIS to tap into this knowledge of newly developing fields by focusing on hiring individuals who have recently completed post-doctoral work and research in a particular field rather than concentrating on specialized work experience typically required with other hiring methods. Moreover, the program will ensure a continual infusion of leading-edge scientific expertise in the Agency, and enhance future recruitment efforts to attract highly qualified competitive applicants to permanent positions in FSIS. Finally, it will be an attractive career move for new scientists by providing them with post-doctoral experience needed to supplement their education.

Fellowships Available
FSIS is currently recruiting for scientists who have valuable expertise and knowledge in cutting-edge scientific and technical areas and can apply state of the art methodologies to studies associated with food safety and public health. Opportunities include:
Select the links above for more information about the qualifications required for each position.

Please note: All Food Safety Fellows announcements are open until filled. Your submitted application will be reviewed by the Human Resources Division and, if you are found qualified, forwarded to the selecting official for consideration. At that time, the selecting official will assess his/her program's resources to determine if a particular Food Safety Fellows position may be filled.

Successful candidates will be employed under an excepted service appointment that will initially be for two years, but may be extended for one year increments thereafter. Fellowship not to exceed a total of four years in duration.

Salary & Benefits
Fellows will be hired at the GS-11 grade level, which has a salary range of $54,272 to $70,558. This range reflects the base salary plus the locality pay for the Washington DC Metropolitan area. For the Microbiologist and Epidemiologist positions, the Fellow may also choose to work in Atlanta, GA (as well as Washington, DC). The GS-11 salary range for the Atlanta, GA area (including locality pay) is $53,164 to $69,116.

In addition each successful candidate will receive a recruitment bonus and paid moving expenses, if selected for the position (a one-year service agreement required). The bonus amount will be based on the breadth of educational background that the individual selected brings to the position. The positions have promotion potential to the GS-13 grade level.

Under this appointment, Fellows are eligible for the following benefits:
  • Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program
  • Federal Employees' Health Benefits (FEHB) Program
  • Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS)
  • Annual leave and sick leave

How to Apply
The following information must be submitted to the contact address below in order to evaluate your qualifications and determine if you meet legal requirements for Federal employment. A separate application is needed for each position:
  • Announcement number and title of the Fellows position
  • Curriculum Vitae, including bibliography. C.V. should also include full name, social security #, mailing and Email address, and day and evening telephone numbers
  • Statement of research interests and career goals
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcript of coursework leading to doctoral degree. Candidates should specify exact date (month/year) of completion of all degree requirements. Graduates of foreign universities must include proof of foreign education equivalency approval from an accredited U.S. College or university.
  • Country of citizenship (required). Non-citizens must provide appropriate visas/employment status documentation (e.g. H-1B, TN) before they can be employed. Certain hiring restrictions apply.
  • Veteran's preference, if applicable (DD-214 required)

Citizen Requirements for Applicants
Food Safety Fellow positions may be filled either by:
  1. A citizen or national of the United States;
  2. A citizen of a country the U.S. Congress has exempted from restricting legislation; or
  3. A national of a country currently allied with the United States in the current defense effort (See additional information below).

Detailed information on Federal employment of non-citizens is available at: http://www.opm.gov/employ/html/Citizen.asp

Countries from which Non-Citizens can be Employed
The U.S. Congress has specifically exempted the following from the appropriations act restrictions:
  • Persons who owe permanent allegiance to the United States (for example, natives of American Samoa and Swains Island);
  • Aliens from Cuba, Poland, South Vietnam, or countries of the former Soviet Union (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan) lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence (have a "green card");
  • South Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian refugees paroled into the U.S. after January 1, 1975;
  • Nationals of the People's Republic of China (PRC) who qualify under the Chinese Student Protection Act of 1992 (as reflected by Code EC6 as the first three characters on the reverse of their Permanent Resident Card);
  • Citizens of Ireland, Israel, or the Republic of the Philippines.

Also exempt from the appropriations act ban are nationals of countries currently allied with the United States in a defense effort, (as determined by the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Treaty Affairs, Department of State, (202) 647-1345). Listing of countries as of August 2005:
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea (Republic of)
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Note: During 2004, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovak Republic, and Slovenia were added to the list and Mexico was removed.

Additional Note: Immigration law bans employment of non-citizens unless lawfully admitted for permanent residence or otherwise authorized to be employed.

Last Modified: March 27, 2006



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