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Job Title: Microbiologist IV
Job Number: 1808-61171-M-IV-01
Organization: IHRC, Inc.
Posted: 8/1/2018
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA    USA
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Position Description:

JOB TITLE: Microbiologist IV

POSITION NUMBER: 1808-61171- M- IV-01


ANTICIPATED START DATE: As soon as possible

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 Streptococcus Laboratory, Respiratory Diseases Branch (RDB), Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD), at the CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA to provide scientific and laboratory technical support services for RDB.


The Microbiologist IV will be assigned to the Streptococcus Laboratory, RDB, DBD to provide scientific and laboratory technical support for the Branch for the isolation, identification, and characterization of bacterial isolates to aide in the control of antimicrobial resistant bacteria. Responsibilities will include providing support services for molecular and serologic diagnosis, molecular subtyping including genome-based typing systems, and genomic analysis of pathogenic bacteria (specifically pneumococci and other streptococcal species).  Additionally, the candidate will participate in activities to support the design, development, and implementation of laboratory methods and activities to improve the detection and characterization of pathogenic bacteria. The candidate will also support the Streptococcus Laboratory team to ensure successful progress in the work analysis and accomplishing team objectives.


  • Provide laboratory support for the generation of bacterial genomic libraries for next genomic sequencing.
  • Perform next generation high- throughput sequencing sample preparation using the Sciclone NGSx platform.
  • Perform next generation sequencing using the Illumina MiSeq platform.
  • Perform serotyping and antimicrobial susceptibility testing of isolates for detection of pathogenic bacteria (pneumococci and other streptococcal species).
  • Perform PCR-based testing of pathogenic bacteria.



Education and Experience:

  • M.S. degree in molecular biology or microbiology or related field. Ph.D. preferred.


  • Minimum of 3 years of laboratory experience using molecular, immunological, and cell biology techniques.
  • Knowledge and experience with microbial next generation sequencing data analysis 
  • Experience performing traditional molecular techniques on BSL-2 agents.
  • Experience working with next generation sequencing platforms (Illumina, PacBio) 
  • Proficiency with different technologies for the generation of bacterial genomic libraries for next generation sequencing with Illumina instruments.
  • Expert knowledge and ability to perform molecular and immunological methods such as ELISA, multiplex -bead based assays, polymerase nucleic acid amplification, gene sequencing, basic gene cloning techniques, gene expression, bacterial growth & plasmid transformation, animal models, and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.


  • Demonstrate skills and experience writing project, reports, research protocols and manuscripts. 
  • Ability to work and build coalition with partners involved, working with RDB team 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 the RDB.
  • Possess sufficient computer literacy to use applications including Microsoft Office, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Bionumerics and statistical software.

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: 11/1/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: HUMAN RESOURCES,  Microbiologist IV
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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