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To accomplish BARDA’s mission, federal workers carry out key government functions to support the advanced development and procurement of medical countermeasures to protect Americans and respond to 21st century health security threats. BARDA's federal staff members lead partnerships with industry collaborators to develop new products, manage BARDA business and operations, oversee quality of the products we procure, and solicit and issue medical countermeasures contracts. This work has literally affected every American, as BARDA is the lead agency for developing medical countermeasures as part of the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Contractors bring unique industry, technical or scientific expertise to support BARDA’s federal staff and their efforts to accelerate product development. BARDA has contracts with multiple firms that employ subject matter experts, such as individuals with prior biotech or pharmaceutical industry experience. While there are important differences between the responsibilities of federal staff and supporting contractors, BARDA promotes a culture of inclusion regardless of which category you are in. As a science-based organization, people are valued for their knowledge and expertise.
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BARDA’s mission is to develop medical countermeasures to mitigate public health emergencies and pandemics. BARDA staff includes many interdisciplinary scientists who oversee countermeasure development. Each day, these scientists work to identify innovative solutions and lead advanced development programs to deliver new products to help protect Americans.
BARDA scientists have diverse backgrounds. Some are recent graduates or fellows just starting their careers. Others are mid-career professionals ready for a transition away from industry or their lab bench in search of new challenges. They come to BARDA to serve our country, to have an impact on public health, to drive innovation, and to save lives.
If you are a driven, intellectually curious scientist interested in product development and want to help meet critical public health and preparedness challenges, there is a place for you at BARDA.
One of the most common roles for a BARDA scientist is as a team leader on a development project. Team leaders review clinical studies and evaluate products in development, and they manage feedback and other input from a robust team of subject matter experts. As a team leader, you keep your project moving towards its next milestone. Each day at BARDA is unique, but you leverage your scientific education and training, your experience and your leadership skills to ensure the product you are supporting is ready for the next pandemic or public health emergency.
BARDA recruits engineers with product development expertise to assist the agency in supporting development and procurement of medical countermeasures, including vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, and non-pharmaceutical countermeasures, against a broad array of public health threats, whether natural or intentional in origin. BARDA hires chemical, mechanical, electric, materials, and software engineers to help us develop countermeasures. As an engineer, you may be on a product development team, working directly with our scientists and subject matter experts providing guidance and oversight on product development. On any given day, our engineers might be working on a manufacturing capacity challenge, evaluating data from a recent study, building a new internal customer relationship manager, supporting redesign of a pharmaceutical facility or advising on a new manufacturing scale-up process. BARDA tackles big challenges every day, so we seek engineers with various backgrounds and experience and who are drawn to the mission of saving lives.
BARDA analysts work on projects focused on improving America’s health security posture. They integrate traditional public health and medical countermeasure preparedness and response, develop and analyze data sets, and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the BARDA organization. Whether during a pandemic response like COVID-19 or during normal day-to-day operations, a BARDA analyst is the integrator who helps our scientists, subject matter experts, and leadership consider public health policy, best practices, and real-world experience into each product we invest in, support, and stockpile. BARDA analysts can also be depended on to help the organization manage finances, communicate scientific information effectively to the public, and drive data decisions.
At BARDA, we form novel public-private partnerships to spur innovation, advance products through regulatory development, and procure and stockpile medical countermeasures to save lives. Each of these partnerships requires formal government contracts or other transaction agreements so that both the government and industry partners can work together to accelerate product development. BARDA contracting professionals solicit, manage and formalize business arrangements with our partners on behalf of BARDA
On any given day at BARDA, a contracting professional may participate in market research, issue new solicitation, review submissions to our Broad Agency Announcement or negotiate a multi-million or billion-dollar deal, all with the goal of supporting BARDA to achieve its mission. Contracting professionals come to work each day to a fast paced, high dollar value environment where they must understand stakeholder needs and represent BARDA interests by prudently and efficiently executing awards to keep up with the ever-growing threat of pandemic and CBRN incidents.
When you join BARDA, each day, you are on the front line of preparing or responding to the next pandemic, signing the contract that will form the next health innovation that could save millions of lives or negotiating an “other transaction” agreement that could change the way government invests in innovation.
Supporting the development of medical countermeasures with our industry partners in a highly regulated environment requires unique in-house expertise. BARDA staff includes regulatory and quality specialists who serve as technical advisors on our product development teams. They work to ensure that the products we invest in meet FDA standards and ultimately deliver safe and effective medical countermeasures to Americans. A typical day could mean providing guidance on multiple products in BARDA’s advanced development pipeline, monitoring 21CFR compliance, assisting our industry partners with regulatory strategy, development plans, study reports, study protocols, applications for Emergency Use Authorizations and preparation of other FDA submissions. Our quality specialists assist with site visits, audits, and product acceptance to ensure that BARDA-procured products meet FDA guidance, including good manufacturing practices, and are ready for Americans to mitigate public health emergencies such as pandemics.
BARDA recruits clinical and data scientists with medical product development experience to design, execute, and analyze human clinical trials. These trials typically evaluate safety and effectiveness of vaccines, therapeutic drugs, devices, and diagnostics (i.e., medical countermeasures) directed against both intentional and natural public health threats. BARDA hires physicians and other clinicians, clinical project managers and similar subject matter experts, statisticians, data analysts, epidemiologists, and statistical programmers to help steer these activities and ensure all work is conducted according to the current regulations prescribed by the FDA and other regulatory bodies.
As a clinical or data scientist at BARDA, you will be working alongside colleagues with scientific expertise and know-how in specific threat areas (for example, emerging infectious diseases and influenza, chemical, thermal, and radio-nuclear injuries, biologics threats such as smallpox and anthrax) to plan and assess clinical development programs. On any given day, our clinical and data scientists may be designing a clinical trial, developing a strategy to test an experimental drug in young children or pregnant persons, or analyzing data to determine if the experimental drug safely treats and prevents disease. Because BARDA’s mission is wide-ranging, we seek out highly motivated individuals with diverse types of field experience who can contribute to our goal of enhancing our nation’s health security.
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