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Job Title: Bioinformatician II
Job Number: 1808-67838-Bio-II-1
Organization: IHRC, Inc.
Posted: 12/5/2018
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA    USA
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Position Description:

JOB TITLE: Bioinformatician II

POSITION NUMBER: 1808- 67838-Bio-II-1



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 Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch (EDLB) within the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases (DFWED), in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA to provide database management and bioinformatic support for EDLB to aid in surveillance and outbreak investigations of enteric bacterial pathogens.


The Bioinformatician II will provide support with the development, validation, and implementation of next generation sequencing (NGS) workflows for generating whole genome sequences (WGS) for characterizing and subtyping foodborne bacterial pathogens. This position will support both Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) and Combating Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria (CARB).


  • Assist with data systems to track foodborne bacterial isolates sequenced at EDLB, Biotechnology Core Facility Branch (BCFB), state public health laboratories, and academic partners and provide reports in compliance with EDLB Quality Management Systems, Laboratory Information Management Systems, or Quality Assurance and Quality Control Programs.
  • Assist with development and implementation of tools for bioinformatic analysis of bacterial whole genome sequences.
  • Perform quality control, assembly, annotation and analysis of genetic subtyping data.
  • Assist in the research and develop approaches for the identification of unique genetic markers of foodborne bacteria pathogens.
  • Assist with the management of genetic subtyping data sequence files and databases, including uploads to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) or other similar sequence data banks.
  • Assist with the development of standard operating procedures for bioinformatics analyses.
  • Maintain accurate records of genetic subtyping data, outbreak detection, and surveillance activities in compliance with the Quality Management System.
  • Assist with outbreak response activities during national and international foodborne disease outbreaks.
  • Fulfill mandatory BioSafety and IT security training requirements.
  • Travel to 1) provide training to enhance the capacity of the local/international public health sector 2) provide outbreak response efforts during national and international foodborne disease outbreaks 3) present findings at scientific meetings (not conferences).
  • Lead the development and implementation of the novel and most relevant tools for genome sequence analysis for the characterization of foodborne bacterial pathogens
  • Lead the preparation of training materials and participates in the training of fellow scientists in the use of genome sequence analysis tools
  • Play a leading role in the drafting and implementation of standard operating procedures for bioinformatic analyses
  • Prepare and deliver clear and concise reports and presentations for supervisors, colleagues, and collaborators, at internal and external (scientific) meetings
  • Develop bioinformatics techniques to handle sequence quality issues in a timely manner for outbreak response and give feedback to colleagues and collaborators



Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. degree with at least 24 semester hours in bioinformatics, mathematics, statistics, or informatics


  • Must have 2-3 years demonstrated experience with bioinformatics, bioinformatics analytical tools, microbiology, and molecular biology laboratory techniques.
  • Proficiency in the analysis, assembly, and annotation of genomic data from a variety of sequencing platforms such as Illumina and PacBio.
  • Strong interpersonal skills required for work in a multidisciplinary team environment and extensive interaction with people across CDC and external partners.
  • Strong written and oral presentation skills.
  • Capable of developing and executing routine tasks independently.
  • Experience/training in Linux (BASH scripting) and cluster computing (SGE environment).
  • Experience coding in Perl and/or Python.
  • Experience with BioPerl and/or BioPython.
  • Experience with relational databases (e.g. MySQL, Microsoft SQL server, SQLite)
  • Experience with whole genomic sequencing, and genome-based typing systems
  • Experience performing quality control, assembly, annotation, and analysis of pathogen genome sequences
  • Proficiency with open source and commercially available software for bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data
  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to efficiently organize multiple priorities


  • Experience with bioinformatics analysis of genomic data generated by PacBio and Illumina sequencing platforms, especially as related to genomic typing systems
  • Experience with the design and implementation of genomic typing systems and novel bioinformatics tools
  • Experience with Unix/Linux, Perl, Python, Bash scripting, and R
  • Experience with comparative genomics/metagenomics analysis
  • Experience with data management
  • Experience with whole genome phylogenetics using software such as MUSCLE or RAxML.

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, 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: 1/5/2019
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Contact Name: HUMAN RESOURCES,  Bioinformatician II
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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