The Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA (the FDA Foundation) is a nonprofit organization that works to support the mission of the FDA by advancing regulatory science and research. The FDA Foundation establishes public-private partnerships between FDA and external stakeholders to facilitate innovation in science and health. We value diversity in our team and believe an inclusive workplace yields more meaningful outcomes. 


As Research Scientist (RS), you will lead and manage research activities associated with the development and management of research partnerships in epidemiology, clinical trials, and/or biomedical and behavioral research. You will lead and manage sponsored research projects and support proposal development of epidemiologic studies funded by sponsors and conducted by external research partners. You will work with leading experts from government agencies (including NIH and FDA), industry, non-­profit organizations, and academia to design, promote, fund and monitor the progress of biomedical and/or behavioral research projects. The research portfolio includes the development of workshops to advance research methods to generate real-world evidence and patient-centered study designs for both observational and clinical trials, along with studies designed to develop and meet regulatory requirements for post-market surveillance of regulated products.

You may also direct the efforts of one or more staff to ensure that individual research projects in the portfolio are conducted in a timely and effective manner, and within budgetary constraints. You will report to the Director of Research.


We are looking for candidates who are intellectually and scientifically flexible in liaising with funding and research partners in technical areas you may not consider to be your primary area of expertise. You should be a self-starter, detail-­oriented, proactive, organized, have excellent writing and critical thinking skills, and be adept at managing multiple research projects.

You should have a demonstrated ability to:

  • Lead and facilitate multi-­disciplinary, public/private sector teams.
  • Manage a diverse portfolio of research projects.
  • Understand issues related to research administration, including scientific journal submission process, IRB, data privacy and security, intellectual property rights, etc.

Ideally, you should have:

  • An understanding of epidemiology or health outcomes research (clinical/epidemiological research background preferred).
  • A graduate degree in a relevant field (doctoral degree preferred).
  • Experience in investigator-led research activities, either as a principal investigator or co-investigator.
  • Experience working with big data from healthcare settings.
  • An interest in addressing health equity and racial/ethnic disparities in health.

Duty location: Fully Remote

Tour of Duty: 20-25 hours per week Travel requirements: None

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

To apply: Email your cover letter, resume, two references and your salary requirements to If you require accommodation in the interview process or to perform your job, please do not hesitate to let us know in advance.