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Job Title: Biologist
Job Number: 1711-87732-BIOH-001
Organization: IHRC, Inc.
Posted: 11/30/2017
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA    USA
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Position Description:

JOB TITLE:  Biologist

POSITION NUMBER:  1711-87732-BIOH- 001


ANTICIPATED START DATE:  December 11, 2017


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 Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch (IDPB), Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), at the CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA, to provide support for research, data and specimen management, and other initiatives.  


The Biologist will provide technician level support, focusing on histology techniques and methodologies for biological science laboratory diagnostic and research efforts in IDPB and provide basic laboratory support, maintenance, and data and specimen management for the Branch.  


  • Process and embed up to 100 human and animal tissue samples weekly.  Occasional grossing of wet tissue specimens (for projects).
  • Section up to 50 – 100 paraffin- embedded tissue blocks per day for routine histology OR to generate sections for nucleic acid extraction for PCR testing by the molecular laboratory.  Adhere to strict decontamination protocols for PCR sectioning.
  • Perform up to 50 - 100 Hematoxylin & Eosin (H&E) stains per day.
  • Perform approximately 20 – 50 histochemical special stains (automated and manual) weekly.
  • Operate and maintain histology laboratory equipment daily. This includes operating and changing reagents on tissue processors and automated stainers according to the established schedules, and cleaning processors, embedding centers, and microtomes after use.
  • File slides, blocks and related worksheets daily. The total amount of filing will correspond to the total number of blocks cut and the number of tests (H&E and special stains) performed daily.
  • Enter test results and work-related information into laboratory database daily for all sectioning and tests performed (H&E and special stains).
  • Perform various computing tasks daily using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access) to document specimen and test information, generate and update test request lists and worksheets, print labels, write standard operating procedures (SOPs), and periodically create graphic displays (using PowerPoint) of work flow steps and/or processes.
  • Perform quality assurance and quality control activities daily (according to established standards) to ensure the proper handling of specimens, processing of specimens, labeling of specimens, use of laboratory equipment, and quality of tests performed.  This includes documenting all quality assurance and quality control activities on related worksheets and forms.
  • Periodically prepare written and/or verbal scientific summaries of testing methods used and tasks completed for assigned projects and present summaries to team members and colleagues.
  • Perform grossing, embedding, sectioning, routine and special stains, and PCR sectioning for diagnostic cases and projects, as assigned.



Education and Experience:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects appropriate to the position to be filled; or (b) successful completion of 2 academic years of study that included at least 24 semester hours in chemistry and/or in appropriate fields of biological science and successful completion of a 12-month program of education, training, and supervised experience in histopathology that has been approved by a nationally recognized accrediting agency


  • Experience with sample accessioning
  • Experience operating and maintaining a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Experience performing Immunohistochemical (IHC) assays, preparation of paraffin blocks, staining methodologies, and other techniques and equipment relevant to the requirements of the position
  • Knowledge and experience working with infectious agents in various laboratory settings
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience documenting daily work with good laboratory practice compliance
  • Experience writing project reports, research protocols and manuscripts  
  • Ability to work and build coalitions with partners involved, and develop strategies to effectively convey information to partners
  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to efficiently organize multiple priorities
  • Strong interpersonal skills required for team work and extensive interaction with people across CDC and with external partners.
  • Ability to work independently and yet to maintain the flexibility to respond to requests for support of ongoing projects


  • Advanced degree in a scientific discipline
  • Experience writing and developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Experience working with Microsoft Access
  • Experience maintaining chain-of- custody
  • Experience working in a similar capacity in a Public Health setting

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

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 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, citizenship, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, veteran or disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable Federal, State or Local law, 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: 2/28/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: HUMAN RESOURCES,  Biologist
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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