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Job Title: Microbiologist I
Job Number: 1707-91156-M-I-04
Organization: IHRC, Inc.
Posted: 7/20/2017
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA   
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Position Description:

JOB TITLE: Microbiologist I  

POSITION NUMBER: 1707-91156-M-I- 04




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 Measles Mumps Rubella and Herpes Virus Laboratory Branch (MMRHLB), Division of Viral Diseases (DVD), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), at the CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA, to provide scientific and technical support for the MMRHLB.  


The Microbiologist I will provide support for diagnostic testing, the development and evaluation of new protocols for laboratory diagnosis of measles and rubella virus infection, and other MMRHLB initiatives.


  • Perform routine diagnostic testing of serum specimens submitted to the MMRHLB from state and local laboratories in CLIA compliant fashion.  
  • Provide reference diagnostics to laboratories within the WHO and PAHO Measles Laboratory Networks
  • Aid in the maintenance of a serological database of specimens received
  • Perform appropriate and accurate data entry and analysis of test results
  • Perform specialized immunological and virologic procedures such as virus neutralization and RT-PCR
  • Participate in the coordination of testing of specimens relevant to international collaborative research projects to enhance the surveillance and detection of measles and rubella virus infections
  • Assist in researching and developing new protocols for laboratory diagnosis of measles and rubella virus infection, and in evaluating such protocols  
  • Modify existing protocols based on results from the laboratory  
  • Develop new protocols based on literature and laboratory results
  • Assist with preparation of reports, presentations and papers for publication in scientific journals
  • Provide backup diagnostic capability for the rubella program which will require learning IgM and IgG assays for rubella and evaluating the performance to comply with CLIA performance standards
  • Evaluate and validate IgG assays for measles, mumps, and rubella using robotics which will require specialized training in programming the robot for each assay and comparative analysis of manual versus robot acquired results in order to validate the use of the robot
  • Provide support for ongoing projects as required



Education and Experience:

  • Successful completion a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree with at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position being filled


  • Must have proof of immunizations for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella Zoster Virus, Hepatitis B and Polio Virus
  • 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  


  • Experience and knowledge of laboratory diagnosis of measles and or rubella virus infection, and associated special tests for serious sequela of measles and or rubella infection
  • Advanced degree in a scientific discipline
  • Experience with the development and evaluation and optimization of in vitro diagnostic assays, including immunoassays
  • Experience with Mammalian cell culture and transfection, virus infection and Flow Cytometry
  • Experience maintaining inventory of samples using MS Excel and Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Experience working in a similar capacity in a Public Health setting
  • Ability to work and build coalitions with partners involved, and develop strategies for effectively convey information to partners
  • Ability to work independently and yet to maintain the flexibility to respond to requests for support of ongoing projects

Language Skills:

  • 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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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: 10/20/2017
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: HUMAN RESOURCES,  Microbiologist I
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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