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Job Title: Microbiologist
Job Number:
Organization: CDC/Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
Posted: 7/6/2017
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Public Health - General
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA   
Compensation:
Position Description: A full-time position is available in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. The incumbent will work as a microbiologist in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) Laboratory Branch (LB) under the direction of the Reference Laboratory Team (RLT) Lead. RLT conducts CDC’s Molecular Detection of Drug Resistance (MDDR) clinical service for rapid detection of drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and growth-based drug susceptibility testing for both first and second-line antituberculosis drugs. This CLIA-compliant service provides information used by clinicians to guide therapy decisions for treatment of tuberculosis. Additionally, RLT provides consultation to submitters, TB Programs, and healthcare providers regarding results interpretation. Coordination and collaboration with the two other teams within LB, the Applied Research Team and the Laboratory Capacity Team, experts throughout DTBE, and public health partners, is essential to RLT duties.

As a senior microbiologist, the incumbent will evaluate and perform molecular and growth-based testing in a CLIA regulated environment and eventually serve as a technical supervisor under CLIA. Responsibilities will include day-to-day supervision of high complexity test performance by qualified testing personnel, monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure that acceptable levels of analytic performance are maintained, and providing orientation to all testing personnel. The incumbent will lead an evaluation of the transition of MDDR to a next generation sequencing platform, to include bioinformatics analyses for NGS, and provide subject matter expertise regarding routine establishment of minimum inhibitory concentration testing for growth-based results. The incumbent will also be expected to take on an increasing level of responsibility within RLT regarding continued evolution of clinical services and consultation as technology and scientific data advance.

Specific activities may include: • Perform and provide oversight for molecular and growth-based laboratory testing in both BSL-2 and BSL-3 environments, as applicable • Ensure the accuracy, reliability, and timeliness of patient test result • Evaluate the use of NGS for the MDDR service • Incorporate CLIA compliant NGS into the MDDR algorithm • Use bioinformatics tools to analyze NGS data • Under a quality management system, draft standard operating procedures, guidance documents, and reporting formats • Evaluate laboratory workflow and protocols for safety and quality improvement • Monitor test performance • Provide training and subject matter expertise within RLT, LB, and DTBE • Prepare presentations that translate highly complex data into clear language that is understandable by public health partners • Provide consultation to submitters and other public health professionals related to MDDR results interpretation • Draft and review internal documents and peer-reviewed manuscripts • Support communication and coordination of NGS activities within LB • Support professional development of team members • Participate in Branch and Team meetings

Qualifications: The incumbent should have a PhD in microbiology, molecular genetics, or other related discipline with demonstrated public health experience related to infectious diseases. Proficiency with performing NGS, analyzing NGS data, and interpreting results is required. Understanding of CLIA regulations and experience working in a CLIA regulated environment is required. Broad clinical laboratory experience as well as experience working with Mycobacterium tuberculosis in a BSL-3 environment is highly desired. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential and a writing sample may be required.

Organization Description:

Closing Date: 8/18/2017
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Tracy Dalton,  Microbiologist
Contact Location: 1600 Clifton Road MS F08

Atlanta   GA  30329
United States
Contact Location: 1600 Clifton Road MS F08
 
  Atlanta   GA  30329
  United States
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Contact Email: dvx7@cdc.gov
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How to Apply: Send a current resume to Tracy Dalton at dvx7@cdc.gov by 11:59 pm on Friday, August 18, 2017. Subject heading should be: Microbiologist CV Request Please include academic history, employment history, and relevant experiences. Please provide contact information for two educational or professional references.

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