Biomedical/Electrical/Mechanical Engineer Research Fellow

Job Description

An ORISE Research Fellow position for a biomedical / electrical / mechanical engineer is available in the Division of Biomedical Physics, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, located in Silver Spring. MD. Funding is currently available for up to 1 year with the possibility of extension. The candidate must have received his / her most recent degree within 5 years of the start date and be eligible to work in the U.S. All candidates must meet applicable security requirements which include a background check and a minimum of 3 out of the past 5 years’ residency status in the US.

Advances in analytics, automation, and interoperability are increasingly being applied to safety critical electro-medical equipment. This enables advanced patient monitoring algorithms that use information from multiple parameters to better monitor, detect, and predict disease. It also enables physiological closed-loop controlled medical devices that track a patient’s vital signs and automatically adjust therapy. These functionalities can have significant benefits on patient care but come with a challenge of managing ever-increasing complexity in the design and use of medical devices. The goal of this project is to design model-based testing strategies for interoperable patient monitoring systems. We will use a cardiovascular flow loop to simulate cardiovascular conditions and a combination of physical and model-based testing to design new methodologies for evaluating patient monitoring technologies. During the research appointment, the candidate will learn about designing and evaluating model-based analyses of medical device and physiologic systems to test patient monitoring systems. The participant will also be shown how to design and construct automated test setups. The experience will allow them to understand and gain knowledge on the use of bench and model-based testing of medical devices.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • PhD, MS or BS degree in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field with a strong interest in a biomedical research career;
  • Strong technical background and experience in physiologic measurement sensors, signal processing, system identification, and/or computational modeling and simulations of physiological and/or medical device systems;
  • Experience designing, testing and using automated measurement testing platforms including instrumentation control and data acquisition;
  • Excellent programming skills in high level languages (e.g., Python / Matlab) and software for system modeling, simulation, and testing (e.g., Simulink / LabView);
  • Background or research experience in cardiovascular physiology.

How to Apply 

To apply, submit a cover letter describing background/skills/interests and a resume/CV addressed to Christopher Scully, PhD (christopher.scully@fda.hhs.gov) with the e-mail subject (Research Fellow Application).

Note that this appointment is offered through the CDRH Postgraduate Research Participation Program and is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The program is open to all qualified U.S. and non‐U.S citizens without regard to race, color, age religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or status as a Vietnam‐era veteran or disabled veteran. The individual selected for appointments will not become employees of ORISE, ORAU, DOE, FDA, CDRH, or any other office or agency. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full‐time at FDA in the Silver Spring, MD.