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Job Title: Microbiologist III
Job Number: 1807-91981-M-III-01
Organization: IHRC, Inc.
Posted: 7/31/2018
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA    USA
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Position Description:

JOB TITLE:  Microbiologist III

POSITION NUMBER: 1807-91981-M-III- 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), within the Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA.


The Microbiologist III will provide support for the design, development and implementation of Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) methods and activities to improve pertussis diagnosis, surveillance and control. Responsibilities will primarily include providing support for molecular and serologic diagnosis, molecular subtyping including genome-based typing systems, and genomic and proteomic analysis of pertussis and diphtheria etiologic agents.


  • Implement, validate, and analyze data of Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) methodology in support of the Pertussis and Diphtheria Laboratory to include: whole genome and proteomic analysis, molecular sub-typing, genome-based typing systems, and molecular and serologic diagnosis.
  • Collaborate on the development and validation of novel diagnostic and molecular sub-typing techniques for Bordetella and Corynebacterium species.
  • Collaborate on the development and validation of novel diagnostic assays for Bordetella pertussis.
  • Work with PDL team, CDC, and external partners to design, develop, and maintain standard operating procedures (SOPs) for consolidated DNA sequencing and molecular typing project activities.  The molecular typing methods include: Multi Locus Sequence Typing (MLST), Multiple Locus Variable-number Tandem Repeat Analysis (MLVA), Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE), and whole genome sequencing (WGS).
  • Assist in providing support to other areas of the pertussis and diphtheria laboratory team (data analysis, specimen management) as required or assigned.
  • Perform assays, as needed, during pertussis outbreak response or special requests.
  • Collaborate closely with other epidemiologists/coordinators in other CDC and MVPDB domestic and international programs.
  • Support development and validation of diagnostic tests, molecular typing systems including advanced molecular detection techniques (genomics, transcriptomes, proteomes), and laboratory diagnosis support during outbreak responses.
  • Perform a variety of lab experiments in support of research programs and projects of PDL.  Responsibilities will include ability to follow laboratory protocols and conduct microbiological, serological and molecular biology procedures to accomplish laboratory research goals.
  • Assist in performing domestic and international laboratory training to support surveillance as well as clinical validation of laboratory tests related to the diagnosis of these diseases.
  • Prepare and deliver clear and concise reports and presentations for CDC leadership, colleagues, and collaborators at internal and external (scientific) meetings.
  • Comply with Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (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:

  • Ph.D. degree in a scientific discipline or equivalent tertiary level degree from an accredited university or college of higher education


  • Minimum of 1 year of laboratory experience using whole genomic sequencing, genome-based subtyping, immunological and cell biology techniques, ELISA and Luminex-bead based assays and real-time PCR testing
  • Knowledge and experience with whole genome and genome-based typing systems are essential
  • Expert knowledge and ability to perform AMD methods such as whole genome sequencing, gene sequencing, basic gene cloning techniques, gene expression, polymerase nucleic acid amplification ELISA, multiplex -bead based assays, bacterial growth & plasmid transformation, and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis
  • Proficiency with open source and commercially available software for bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Documentation of daily work with good laboratory practice compliance
  • Skills and experience writing project reports, research protocols and manuscripts


  • Proficiency with computer software such as Microsoft Access, DNA star, Minitab, MathCAD, BioNumerics, and statistical software
  • Experience with bioinformatics analysis of genomic data generated by PacBio and Illumina sequencing platforms
  • Ability to work and build coalitions with partners involved, working with MVPD Branch 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 MVPD 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, 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, and a minority woman-owned small business located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. 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: 10/31/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: HUMAN RESOURCES,  Microbiologist III
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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