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Job Title: Microbiologist (Assay Development)
Job Number: 1707-92743-MICRO-001
Organization: IHRC, Inc.
Posted: 7/24/2017
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA   
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Position Description:

JOB TITLE: Microbiologist (Assay Development)

POSITION NUMBER: 1707-92743-MICRO- 001




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 assigned to the Laboratory Preparedness and Response Branch (LPRB), Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections (DPEI), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), at the CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA, and will provide scientific laboratory support for the development and deployment of quality assays and products to LRN member laboratories, and the enhancement of existing and next generation assay development research activities, and the public health capacity of the LPRB.

The mission of the LPRB is to develop and validate new technologies for rapid identification of unknown samples, to provide rapid assays to the Laboratory Response Network (LRN), and to support the LRN with technical expertise in all assays deployed to the LRN through:

  • Developing, evaluating, and validating rapid methods for identification of bacterial agents using advanced technologies
  • Developing extraction methods for various sample types to facilitate rapid identification of bacterial agents in environmental and clinical samples
  • Providing training and consultation on technical issues associated with LRN protocols
  • Overseeing the development and deployment of new methods and technologies by the LRN technical review committee (TRC)
  • Establishing procedures for Performance, Production, Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) for LRN reagents
  • Working with federal agencies such as FBI, DHS, DoD, and EPA to coordinate response procedures

Within LPRB is the Product Development Team, which develops assays and works closely with CDC subject matter experts (SMEs) to support the LRN with research and development of new methods. The Product Development Team provides real-time PCR testing for bacterial and viral agents, and collaborates with CDC SMEs, as well as LRN labs in developing, evaluating, and validating novel rapid methods for pathogen identification.   The team facilitates the review of all assay data and documentation through the Technical Review Committee (TRC), a requirement for All LRN Assays.


The Microbiologist will provide support for the development of quality diagnostic assays that utilize technology including, but not limited to, real-time PCR and ELISA, and their deployment to LRN member laboratories.


  • Develop study plans and complete risk assessments in accordance with branch policies, and Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines where applicable
  • Perform laboratory testing in BSL-2 and BSL-3 facilities, to include quality control testing of pilot reagents, assay optimization, performance testing (analytical sensitivity and specificity), range finding and limit of detection testing, reproducibility studies, exclusivity, precision, and stability studies
  • Perform bridging studies for deployed and new assays to evaluate the performance of instruments, master mixes, control materials, and other reagents
  • Organize and analyze experimental data
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams (e.g. subject matter experts, product development, statisticians, quality management) to understand assay technology and perform data analysis
  • Investigate and resolve discrepancies within experimental data
  • Perform BSL-2 laboratory work including quality control testing, reagent performance testing, reagent qualification and stability testing
  • Participate in quality initiatives that require process mapping, document writing, and project planning



Education and Experience:

  • Degree in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent
  • Research experience involving preparation and handling of nucleic acid samples, real-time PCR, ELISA, and other standard laboratory methods
  • Knowledge of biosafety requirements for research being performed
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office, Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint


  • Demonstrated skills and experience writing project reports, research protocols and manuscripts
  • Previous experience working in a BSL-3 environment
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize new ideas for project research
  • Demonstrated experience developing real- time PCR or ELISA based in vitro diagnostic assays

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

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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: 10/24/2017
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: HUMAN RESOURCES,  Microbiologist (Assay Development)
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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