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*Although the application deadline is July 29th, mentors will start reviewing submitted applications before the deadline.

Summer research opportunities are available at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) located in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research Participation Program at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are educational and training programs designed to provide students and recent graduates, opportunities to participate in project-specific research and developmental activities at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).

The mission of CDRH is to protect and promote the public health. CDRH assures that patients and providers have timely and continued access to safe, effective, and high-quality medical devices and safe radiation-emitting products. CDRH provides consumers, patients, their caregivers, and providers with understandable and accessible science-based information about the products we oversee. CDRH facilitates medical device innovation by advancing regulatory science, providing industry with predictable, consistent, transparent, and efficient regulatory pathways, and assuring consumer confidence in devices marketed in the U.S.

Participants will have an opportunity to gain a hands-on research experience on a variety of regulatory research projects related to CDRH’s mission. The program is designed for participants to engage with an expert mentor or mentors during the summer to examine a question of interest related to those projects within the placement office. Past projects have been related to: evaluation of acoustic noise levels in neonate, tools for regulating 21st-century microbubble products for pharmaceutical delivery, biological sex differences in the safety of vagus nerve stimulation, bioprinting materials performance assessment, microelectrode array recordings from induces pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons, machine learning in image reconstruction, and optical performance characterization of mixed reality devices.

Both full-time and part-time appointments are typically available. Anticipated start day is on or around May 16, 2022, but can be negotiated with the mentor to commence on any Monday throughout the summer in order to best align with school schedules. 

To avoid conflict of interest, participants cannot be placed in the same CDRH program office where a relative works.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and FDA. The initial appointment is for 2-3 months. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is part-time or full-time at FDA in the Silver Spring, Maryland area. Participants do not become employees of FDA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.