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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Division of Applied Mechanics (DAM) in the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL) is seeking a graduate Material, Mechanical, and/or Biomedical Engineering student (Masters level or above) for a full-time (40hr/week) paid research opportunity. The student will work with the Additive Manufacturing (AM) Program team. Research will primarily focus on the role of AM in the Additive Manufacturing of Medical Products (AMMP) lab.

The student’s responsibilities may include:
• Working with various AM technologies (e.g., FDM, SLA, Polyjet, SLS) and their affiliated post processing.
• Designing and fabricating samples and fixtures in CAD (SolidWorks, nTopology).
• Conducting Finite Element Analysis (FEA) simulations (ANSYS).
• Performing mechanical testing of AM coupons (compression, tensile, etc).
• Programming (e.g., Python, g-code).
• Analyzing data.
• Imaging specimens.

Prior experience with laboratory work, AM, CAD, FEA, programming, and/or mechanical testing is preferable. The student should have hands-on experience in mechanical testing and a good working knowledge of mechanics of materials and fluid mechanics. This training opportunity is offered through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and will take place at the U.S. FDA’s Silver Spring, MD campus. The opportunity will also be a mix of in-person and virtual experiences (heavily weighted to in-person). Applicant must be able to meet all requirements to work on a Federal Campus including adhering to COVID-19 Protocols.

Who may be considered: US Citizens; Permanent Residents; and Non-Citizens. 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.

Applicants must have received their last educational degree within the past 5 years.

Stipend: ~GS 9 – GS 12 (Masters – Ph.D.)
Expected start date: September 2022
Position Information: Full-Time, up to September 29, 2023. Continued contingent on future funding.
Duty Location: Silver Spring, MD
Deadline for Applications: August 19th, 2022 – rolling review of applicants
Please e-mail cover letter and resume to Dr. Daniel Porter ( and Dr. Matthew Di Prima (

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