JOB TITLE: Microbiologist II
POSITION NUMBER: 2012-03202-M-II-1
POSITION LOCATION: Atlanta, GA, USA
ANTICIPATED START DATE: Two weeks after candidate identification
TRAVEL: As required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position
IHRC, Inc. provides scientific, information management, management consulting, bioinformatics, and administrative program support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other Federal and private sector clients. The successful candidate will be a full-time employee of IHRC, Inc., and will be assigned to the Polio and Picornavirus Laboratory Branch (PPLB), Division of Viral Diseases (DVD), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), at the CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA, to provide laboratory support for the PPLB and the Viral Gastroenteritis Branch (VGB), DVD.
SCOPE OF WORK
The Microbiologist II will provide laboratory support for the PPLB and VGB. Responsibilities will include: a) Method development for poliovirus inactivation; b) Performing standard laboratory methods and techniques to characterize and analyze polioviruses, rotaviruses, and noroviruses; c) Assisting with reporting, training and research projects for the PPLB and VGB. The Microbiologist II will support the Division of Viral Diseases in compliance with CDC, federal safety regulations and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Select Agent Regulations and will prepare reports, charts and graphs and present data at internal laboratory meetings.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide method development for inactivating poliovirus including safe transport or safe storage of poliovirus-containing materials.
- Support the Global Polio Laboratory Network (GPLN) and the Global Pediatric Diarrhea Surveillance Network (GPDSN) in method development as needed.
Education and Experience:
- Ph.D., Master’s or Bachelor’s degree with ≥ 5 years’ experience in microbiology, biology or a related discipline.
- 2-4 years years of research experience involving preparation and handling of nucleic acid samples, PCR, real-time PCR, ELISA, and other standard laboratory methods.
- Experience performing laboratory work at a biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) or BSL-2-enhanced level.
- Experience with standard microbiological, virologic, cell culture, and molecular techniques and assays for the diagnosis of infectious diseases.
- Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint.
- Proof of vaccination for polio and hepatitis B required for entry into the laboratory.
- Proof of poliovirus protective immunity by having their serum antibody levels measured by the CDC clinic.
- Experience performing conventional and/or real-time PCR for diagnosis of infectious diseases.
- Experience with the development and evaluation and optimization of in vitro diagnostic assays, including immunoassays and multiplex qPCR assays.
- Experience in and knowledge of laboratory diagnosis of viral infections.
- Ability to work independently and yet maintain the flexibility to respond to requests for support of ongoing projects.
- The candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English
- Must be United States citizen or permanent resident or have authorization for employment in the United States
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
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