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Job Title: Bioinformatician I
Job Number: 1804-91981-BI-I-01
Organization: IHRC, Inc.
Posted: 10/18/2018
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA    USA
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Position Description:

JOB TITLE: Bioinformatician I

POSITION NUMBER: 1804-91981-BI- I- 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 to provide bioinformatics support for the PDL.


The Bioinformatician I will provide technical and intellectual support for whole genome sequencing analysis and genome-based typing systems to improve molecular detection of meningitis and pertussis pathogens.


  • Perform quality control, assembly, annotation, and analysis of pathogen genome sequences.
  • Implement cutting edge tools for whole genome sequence analysis.
  • Prepare standard operating procedures for bioinformatics analyses.
  • Collaborate with molecular microbiologists in the laboratory to address public health-related scientific questions, and develop new systems to improve surveillance.
  • Prepare and deliver clear and concise reports and presentations for CDC leadership, colleagues, and collaborators at internal and external (scientific) meetings.
  • Participate in other laboratory duties as necessary.
  • Support development and validation of molecular typing systems including advanced molecular detection techniques (genomics) in conjunction with epidemiologists for improved outbreak responses. Since MVPDB, 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:

  • Master of Science degree in bioinformatics, genetics, biology, microbiology, biochemistry, computational biology, or other area related to the responsibilities of the position


  • 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
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to efficiently organize multiple priorities
  • Documentation of daily work with good laboratory practice compliance
  • Ability to work and build coalitions with partners involved, and develop 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
  • Skills and experience writing project reports, research protocols and manuscripts  


  • Experience with standard molecular methods including, but not limited to, ELISA, PCR, qPCR, DNA/RNA isolation, and cloning.
  • 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, 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 16S taxonomic profiling using QIIME or a similar program
  • Experience with comparative genomics/metagenomics analysis
  • Experience with de novo genome assembly using programs such as CLC Genomics, Geneious, Velvet, SPAdes, HGAP, ALLPATHS-LG, DISCOVAR, Newbler, or similar
  • Experience with genomic annotation using Pfam, RAST, eggnog or a similar application
  • 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:

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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: 12/27/2018
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Contact Name: HUMAN RESOURCES,  Bioinformatician I
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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