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Job Title: Microbiologist IV
Job Number: 1705-91206-M-IV-02
Organization: IHRC, Inc.
Posted: 5/16/2017
Type: Full-Time
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Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA    USA
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Position Description:

JOB TITLE: Microbiologist IV

POSITION NUMBER: 1705-91206-M-IV- 02

POSITION LOCATION: Atlanta, GA, USA

ANTICIPATED START DATE: Two weeks after candidate identification

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL: Position is filled

TRAVEL:  As required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position

IHRC, Inc. provides scientific, information management and administrative program support to various Centers, Institutes and Offices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under several contracts.  The successful candidate will be a full-time employee of IHRC, Inc., and will be assigned to the Pneumonia Response and Surveillance Laboratory, Respiratory Diseases Branch (RDB), Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), at the CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA.  The candidate will provide scientific and technical support services for the development of novel methods for the molecular detection and typing of Legionella, and improvement of Legionnaires’ disease diagnostic tools.

SCOPE OF WORK:

The Microbiologist IV will provide laboratory technical support services for the development of novel methods for the molecular detection and typing of Legionella and improvement of Legionnaires’ disease diagnostic tools, including qPCR assay design and validation.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop new laboratory assays to detect and characterize respiratory pathogens including identification of bacterial targets for detection using qPCR, sequencing or other techniques
  • Conduct validation studies to determine the field performance of the assays
  • Perform identification and sub-typing of respiratory pathogens clinical specimens
  • Conduct experiments to assess the sensitivity and specificity of the new assays
  • Utilize multiple state-of-the art techniques to help characterize and track episodes of bacterial disease using data collected from collaborators in multiple states working with Active Bacterial Core surveillance (ABCs) or in multiple state and local health departments gathering data through national active or passive systems such as for Legionnaires' disease  
  • Receive and confirm isolates to the species level using standard bacteriologic methods and perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing or prediction using broth microdilution or sequencing techniques as required
  • Label all isolates and remaining clinical specimens and store as required
  • Assist with training of public health partners on use of relevant techniques
  • Communicate with grantees and collaborators to ensure successful progress in projects and programs related to these activities, and provide management to ensure data and program implementation are of high quality
  • Provide support for ongoing projects and programs, including coordinating work conducted in CDC's ABCs surveillance sites, evaluation and analysis of data from ABCs and other surveillance programs
  • Receive electronic data transmitted from state and local partners to CDC using data systems and predetermined timelines
  • Participate in annual meetings of ABCs surveillance officers and primary investigators
  • Prepare reports and analysis for peer-reviewed publications and presentations
  • Assist with disease outbreak investigations and assessment of interventions designed to control disease outbreaks
  • Work with state and local partners and CDC to review, track, and monitor progress towards the project goals and to address any risks, delays, or performance problems
  • Ensure data quality and integrity of data documentation
  • Provide support to the CDC EOC for agency response activities when the EOC is activated

Qualifications:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors’ degree in a scientific discipline
  • 10 years of experience working in a similar capacity

Required:  

  • Experience in the design, development, implementation, optimization and validation of PCR, qPCR, and multiplex qPCR assays
  • Experience with standard molecular and microbiological techniques
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Documentation of daily work with good laboratory practice compliance
  • Experience writing project reports, research protocols and manuscripts  

Desirable:

  • Advanced degree in a scientific discipline
  • Experience identifying, culturing and characterizing bacterial respiratory pathogens
  • Experience with molecular, microbiological and serological techniques, including microscopy, staining, and bacterial culture
  • Experience providing support for outbreak response activities
  • Experience writing standard operating procedures
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to effectively communicate information to partners
  • Experience working in a similar capacity in a Public Health setting
  • Ability to work and build coalitions with partners involved
  • Ability to work independently and yet to maintain the flexibility to respond to the needs of the Pneumonia Response and Surveillance Laboratory

 
Language Skills:

  • The candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English   

REQUIREMENT:

  • Must be United States citizen or permanent resident or have authorization for employment in the United States

SALARY:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience

To apply for this position:

  • If you are viewing this position on the IHRC Career Center, please click on the "Apply Now" button.  
  • If you are viewing this position on a site other than the IHRC Career Center, you may use the “click to apply” link, or you may apply by visiting our Career Center and searching for the position number listed at the top of this position description.  
  • To view all of our open positions, and to apply to those positions in which you may be interested, please visit our Career Center, which can also be reached by visiting www.ihrc.com/Careers and clicking on the “View Opportunities” link.

 
IHRC, INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER.  It is the policy of IHRC, Inc. to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, and veteran or disability status and to take affirmative action in accordance with applicable laws and Executive Orders.

Organization Description:

IHRC, Inc. is an international consulting and professional services corporation, located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. IHRC is a minority woman-owned small business and participates in the 8(a) business development program of the U.S. Small Business Administration. We assist our clients in accomplishing their missions and objectives in a timely and cost-effective manner, and we strive exceed our clients’ expectations.

Closing Date: 8/16/2017
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: HUMAN RESOURCES,  Microbiologist IV
Contact Location: 2 Ravinia Dr. Suite 1200

Atlanta   GA  30346
United States
Contact Location: 2 Ravinia Dr. Suite 1200
 
  Atlanta   GA  30346
  United States
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Contact Email: resume@ihrc.com
Web Address: https://www.ihrc.com
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