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Job Title: Microbiologist
Job Number: 1801-91981-M-01
Organization: IHRC, Inc.
Posted: 1/31/2018
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA    USA
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Position Description:

JOB TITLE:  Microbiologist

POSITION NUMBER:  1801-91981- M-01


ANTICIPATED START DATE:  Two weeks after candidate identification

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 Pertussis and Diphtheria Laboratory (PDL), Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch (MVPDB), Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), at the CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA to provide laboratory technical support services for pertussis seroprevalence studies, molecular diagnosis and subtyping of pertussis and diphtheria etiologic agents. 


The Microbiologist will provide laboratory technical support services for pertussis seroprevalence studies, and molecular diagnosis and subtyping of pertussis and diphtheria etiologic agents.


  • Implement, validate and perform data analysis of serologic and molecular based assays in support of pertussis and diphtheria reference laboratory. Primary project is to determine seroprevalence of pertussis using serologic assays.
  • Collaborate on the development and validation of novel multiplex immunoassays for B. pertussis.
  • Collaborate on the development and validation of novel diagnostic and typing techniques for Bordetella species.
  • Assist in providing support to other areas of the pertussis and diphtheria laboratory team (data analysis, specimen management).
  • Participate in collaborative studies and training designed to promote technology transfer of diagnostic assays and harmonization among laboratories.
  • Perform reagent and inventory management as well as ordering and distribution of panels for proficiency testing if requested.
  • Perform assays as needed during pertussis outbreak response.
  • Prepare and deliver clear and concise reports and presentations for CDC leadership, colleagues, and collaborators at internal and external (scientific) meetings.
  • Support development and validation  of diagnostics tests, molecular typing systems  including advanced  molecular  detection techniques  (genomics, transcriptomes, proteomes), and laboratory diagnosis support during outbreak responses.  Since CDC is a global resource for the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis, pertussis and diphtheria and for the taxonomy of the microorganisms involved with these diseases, this project should enhance these important functions.
  • Ensure Compliance with Laboratory Safety procedures and regulations, Quality Management System (QMS) and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regulations and maintain assigned laboratory areas, equipment and protocols in compliance with local and federal requirements for quality, safety and security.



Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's 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 the use of molecular and immunological methods such as the preparation and handling of nucleic acid samples, real-time PCR, ELISA, and other standard laboratory methods
  • Organizational skills demonstrating high attention to detail and the ability to organize and manage multiple priorities
  • Documentation of daily work with good laboratory practice
  • Knowledge of biosafety requirements for research being performed
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong interpersonal skills required for team work and interaction with people across CDC and with external partners


  • Experience developing real-time PCR or ELISA based in vitro diagnostic assays
  • Experience writing project reports, research protocols and manuscripts
  • Ability to synthesize new ideas for project research

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, 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: 4/30/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: HUMAN RESOURCES,  Microbiologist
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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