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Job Title: Microbiologist
Job Number: 1901-91981-M-01
Organization: IHRC, Inc.
Posted: 1/30/2019
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA    USA
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Position Description:

JOB TITLE:   Microbiologist

POSITION NUMBER:  1901- 91981-M-01


ANTICIPATED START DATE:  Two weeks after candidate identification

TRAVEL:   Domestic and international travel will be required (20-30%)

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 Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch (MVPDB) within the Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA to provide scientific and technical laboratory support services for the Pertussis and Diphtheria Laboratory (PDL).


The Microbiologist will be assigned to the Pertussis and Diphtheria Laboratory, MVPDB, DBD to serve as a laboratory program coordinator for a high-profile international project to strengthen disease surveillance in Latin America (Latin American Pertussis Project- LAPP). The Microbiologist will support the design, development and implementation of laboratory trainings, and implementation of surveillance and laboratory activities in selected countries, including quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) program. Additionally, the Microbiologist will work with a dynamic team of laboratorians, epidemiologists, statisticians, and bioinformaticians and will be engaged in several important branch activities, including collaborative studies within the branch and outside partners.


  • In coordination with CDC Pertussis and Diphtheria laboratory (PDL), CDC and external partners, design, develop and implement laboratory training for pertussis diagnosis in selected Latin American countries.
  • Conduct laboratory quality program as part of LAPP, including distribution of QC/QA panels annually to international partners.
  • Coordinate and maintain regular communication with internal and external partners (domestic and international), prepare meeting agendas and take minutes as requested.
  • After appropriate training at the PDL, develop technical protocols related to the use of culture, real-time PCR and serologic methods for laboratory diagnosis of pertussis. 
  • After appropriate training at the PDL, perform technical assistance and mentorship to selected sites related to the use of culture, real-time PCR, and serologic methods for laboratory diagnosis of pertussis. 
  • Collaborate with partner organizations to identify best mechanisms to improve pertussis laboratory diagnosis in Latin America, enhancing opportunities to foster collaboration with ministries of health and other stakeholders.
  • Collaborate closely with other epidemiologists/coordinators in other CDC and MVPD international programs.
  • 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.
  • Conduct experiments under the direction of CDC senior scientists such as development and evaluation of Real-time PCR assays, DNA sequencing, immunologic assays such as ELISA, etc.
  • Support development and validation of diagnostics tests, molecular typing systems, and laboratory diagnosis support during outbreak responses. 
  • Assist in performing domestic laboratory training to support surveillance as well as clinical validation of laboratory tests related to the diagnosis of pertussis and diphtheria.
  • Develop and maintain documentation in support of priority branch data management activities.
  • Develop and maintain documentation in support of priority branch quality management activities.
  • Ensure laboratory safety and quality management requirements such as standard operating procedures are in place, maintained, and meet appropriate requirements.



Education and Experience:

  • Master of science 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 an equivalent science or equivalent degree from an accredited university or college of higher education.


  • Extensive knowledge of scientific techniques and extensive skills in molecular biological, immunological and biochemistry research. 
  • Experience with conventional and real-time PCR assays. 
  • Expertise in microbiology and molecular biology, and the design, development and performance of molecular diagnostic tests.
  • Ability to develop, validate and evaluate new diagnostic assays and molecular typing systems.
  • Knowledge and experience working with infectious agents in various laboratory settings.
  • Proficiency (verbal and written) in Spanish is required. Portuguese language skills at any level is desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal skills required for team work and extensive interaction with people across CDC and with external partners.


  • Advanced degree in microbiology, molecular biology, biology or chemistry or other appropriate scientific discipline.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated experience using computer software package including Microsoft Office, BioNumerics and statistical analysis software
  • Demonstrated skills and experience writing project, reports, research protocols and manuscripts. 
  • Ability to build coalitions with partners involved, working with MVPD Branch members 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.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English.   
  • Demonstrable ability to manage a multifaceted project with flexibility and creativity.
  • Ability and willingness to reprioritize on short notice and work on multiple simultaneous projects
  • Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated success as a team player, and ability to interact with individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrable ability to meet deadlines.

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: 4/30/2019
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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