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The ORISE Research Participation Program has announced new fellowship opportunities at the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

BARDA provides an integrated, systematic approach to the advanced research and development of medical countermeasures for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear agents, pandemic influenza, and emerging infectious diseases, like COVID-19, that threaten the U.S. civilian population. This is an exciting opportunity for fellows to be involved with such critical activities to help protect our Nation. Fellows will conduct research on projects related to medical countermeasure (MCMs) development, including preclinical model development, non-clinical testing and evaluation, and clinical trials. Opportunities exist to present the results of these projects at national conferences and have the findings published in peer-reviewed journals. Other opportunities may include providing support to inter-agency working groups, assisting in the development of relevant policy documents, interacting with academic and industry partners, and participating in team communications with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), drug developers, Contract Research Organizations (CROs), and National Institute of Health (NIH) all to ensure progress toward BARDA’s mission. 

BARDA is engaged in program management; there will be no bench or wet lab research associated with these opportunities. Virtual presentations or travel for presentations at conferences/meetings may be required pending pandemic related travel restrictions. BARDA anticipates maintaining a largely virtual environment. The appointment is full-time and given our current remote telework posture, 100% telework from remote sites outside of the Washington, D.C. area can be considered. 

Below are specific opportunities for Post-Graduates available at BARDA:

  • Division of CBRN Countermeasures
  • Vaccine Branch
  • Antivirals and Antitoxins Branch
  • Radiological/Nuclear Countermeasures Branch
  • Division of Clinical Development
  • Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe)
  • Frontiers Office/ ENACT Team
  • Launch Office/Infection Severity and Solving Sepsis Team
  • Catalyst Office
  • Alliance Office/ Beyond the Needle & ReDirect Team

Appointment packages include:

  • Monthly stipend
  • Health Insurance Allowance
  • Paid Absences (including maternity)
  • Travel allowance for attendance at conferences and/or meetings

Anticipated start dates: 2022; start dates are flexible

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and BARDA. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience, a monthly health insurance stipend supplement, and a travel allowance. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Participants do not become employees of HHS, BARDA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits such as an allowance for commuting to the office.