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*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis, and this posting will remain open until filled.

A research opportunity is currently available with the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL) at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration located in Silver Spring, Maryland.


The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, promotes public health by assuring the safety and effectiveness of drugs, vaccines and medical devices. The Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (CDRH/OSEL) accelerates patient access to innovative, safe and effective devices through best-in-the-world regulatory science.


The Division of Imaging, Diagnostics, and Software Reliability (DIDSR) develops methods for evaluating emerging medical imaging systems. Our research programs directly impact FDA’s regulatory assessments in areas including * AI/ML * WSI and digital pathology * Extended-reality (AR/VR) devices * Clinical trial design * In silico trials * Imaging physics. More information:

Continual learning in machine learning is poised to bring changes to the speed at which the healthcare industry will adapt to the changes in patient management. Research in this area is still at a nascent stage with several recent research publications aiming towards solving the Plasticity-Stability dilemma. This is a critical time for the agency to develop performance assessment strategies to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of these continual learning algorithms. In this project, our goal is to develop a evaluation framework for continual learning algorithms specifically for segmentation and classification tasks. The research fellow will play a key role in developing and evaluating AI/ML algorithms.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved in the following activities:

  • Conduct research to answer emerging evaluation challenges in medical imaging and diagnostics systems
  • Contribute to the Agency’s regulatory efforts by providing technical expertise
  • Collaborate with team members and stakeholders to complete and report widely
  • Disseminate findings and regulatory science tools in conferences and peer-reviewed journal publications

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: As soon as a qualified candidate is identified; start date is flexible

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 one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FDA contingent on the availability of funds. 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 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.

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