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Job Title: Laboratory Technician
Job Number: 1708-61249-LT-02
Organization: IHRC, Inc.
Posted: 8/11/2017
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA    USA
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Position Description:

JOB TITLE: Laboratory Technician

POSITION NUMBER: 1708-61249-LT- 02




TRAVEL:  Domestic travel as needed to meet with staff

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) within the Division of Viral Diseases (DVD), at the CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA to provide scientific and laboratory support services for the PPLB.


The Laboratory Technician will provide laboratory technical support services for molecular and serologic diagnosis, and characterization and analysis of poliovirus infections. Support will include specialized testing of specimens submitted to the laboratory, performing standard laboratory methods and techniques to characterize and analyze viruses, and assisting with reporting, training, and research projects for the PPLB.  


  • Employ methods including poliovirus stock preparation, virus titration, virus neutralization assays, and quality control standard measurements to:

    • Characterize the immune response to poliovirus vaccines from clinical trial sera submitted to CDC as part of vaccine development and evaluation studies
    • Perform Serum Neutralization Assays using the WHO-standard assay developed at CDC
  • Analyze results of neutralization assays and compare them to other antibody measurements performed by Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISA) or other assays
  • Process stool specimens and isolate virus according to WHO-standard protocols
  • Perform virus identification by real- time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction using WHO-standard assays developed at CDC
  • Perform virus quantitation in stool specimens to support ongoing research projects into new or improved polio vaccines
  • Perform specimen management activities for materials included in international vaccine studies and serosurveys
  • Prepare reports, charts and graphs, and present data at laboratory meetings


Education and Experience:

  • Must have successfully completed 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 requirements of the position 


  • Minimum of 2-3 years of laboratory experience using molecular and immunological techniques
  • Knowledge and experience with serological (including ELISA and ELISA-based assays), and real-time PCR testing 
  • Strong knowledge and ability to perform molecular and immunological methods such as ELISA, multiplex -bead based assays, polymerase nucleic acid amplification, gene sequencing, and basic gene cloning techniques


  • Demonstrated skills and experience writing project reports, research protocols and manuscripts
  • Ability to work and build coalition with partners involved, working with PPLB members and developing strategies for effectively conveying information to partners
  • Ability to work independently and yet to maintain the flexibility to respond to the needs of PPLB Branch

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: 11/11/2017
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Contact Name: HUMAN RESOURCES,  Laboratory Technician
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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