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Job Title: Senior Microbiologist
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Organization: CDC Foundation
Posted: 9/10/2019
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,     
Position Description: The Senior Microbiologist is assigned to the Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch (MVPDB) at CDC. The incumbent will provide support for strengthening laboratory systems in international settings (especially resource limited settings such as Africa) to improve country’s capability of detecting bacterial meningitis and preventing and responding to meningitis outbreaks and epidemics and inform vaccination strategies. Activities include (but not limited to) providing technical trainings and assistance to improve laboratory diagnosis, identifying laboratory gaps and priorities and developing laboratory work plans with partners in country, establishing/maintaining laboratory quality control processes, supporting laboratory procurement, enhancing laboratory data management and analysis, and advancing laboratory diagnostic and typing tools to improve surveillance. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Coordinate and participate in laboratory assessment and trainings in international laboratories to improve bacterial disease surveillance. The training topics include (but not limited to) laboratory tools for the detection and characterization of bacterial meningitis pathogens, data management and analysis, and laboratory safety and quality. • Develop, prepare and manage materials and documents including, but not limited to, progress reports, summaries, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), training courses and materials, laboratory budget, and job aids. • Serve as project point of contact for both domestic and international partners to plan and implement activities and coordinate communication and meetings between internal and external partners. • Serve as a referee for internal and external quality control programs to test the specimens, review the data, and prepare/share reports and feedback with partners. • Lead and conduct studies to improve laboratory testing methods, culture capacity, and specimen transport and tracking systems, therefore improve bacterial pathogen detection and characterization and molecular surveillance in African region. • Conduce literature review to understand the global epidemiology of meningitis; Prepare and deliver summaries at meetings to share findings with the team and CDC internal and external partners. • Procure laboratory equipment, supplies and reagents in support of improving laboratory capacity building in collaborator countries. • Coordinate meetings, conference and other scientific events with partners, team members, and other CDC colleagues as needed. • Conduct follow-up visits to collaborator countries in Africa and other places to provide technique assistance, evaluate and reevaluate the laboratory diagnostic capacity, develop country specific work plans with partners and address specific issues. • Collaborate closely with domestic and international partners and provide service, technical support and consultation for implementation of advanced laboratory diagnostics tools, quality assurance and control program, laboratory data management and analysis, and other public health related activities. • Review, revise, and/or approve SOPs, training materials, grants, contracts, agency agreement, meeting minutes, summaries, reports, abstracts, manuscripts, presentations, and other documents. • Present scientific and other findings at national and international meetings, prepare and share documents/manuscripts with partners, and submit into CDC e- clearance system for federal clearance procedures. • Attend trainings required by the agency, center, division, branch and the team. • Provide laboratory support during emergency situations such as outbreak/epidemic responses.

Qualifications: QUALIFICATIONS Education: • Ph.D. Degree in microbiology, biology, public heath, or other related majors. Required Skills and Experience: • 5+ years of laboratory experience in bacteriology and/or microbiology under BSL II conditions. • Experience with standard microbiological and molecular methods including, but not limited to, bacterial culture, human derived specimen processing, real-time PCR, DNA/RNA isolation, DNA sequencing, and antimicrobial resistance testing. • Excellent oral and writing communication skills as demonstrated by publications, conference abstracts, and presentations. • Ability to work well with team members and build coalitions with partners involved, and develop strategies for effectively conveying information to partners • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to efficiently organize multiple priorities. • Extensive experience in proposal/summary/report preparation. Desirable Skills and Experience: • Expertise and experience in epidemiology, disease surveillance, and molecular epidemiology of bacterial disease. • Experience performing trainings in standard microbiological procedures and molecular methods. • Experience working in international settings or working domestically with partners from a resource limited setting. • Experience with the preparation of genomic libraries for the Illumina and PacBio NGS Platforms. • Understanding of bioinformatics analysis of genomic data generated by PacBio and Illumina sequencing platforms, especially as related to genomic typing systems. • Fluency in French (writing and speaking).

Organization Description: We comply with all applicable laws including E.O. 11246 and the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 governing employment practices and do not discriminate on the basis of any unlawful criteria in accordance with 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-300.5(a)(12) and 60-741.5(a)(7). As a federal government contractor, we take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.

The CDC Foundation is a smoke-free environment.

Relocation expenses are not included.

Closing Date: 12/10/2019
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Contact Name: Human Resources,  Senior Microbiologist
Contact Location:

Atlanta   GA  30308
United States
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  Atlanta   GA  30308
  United States
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How to Apply: All applicants must apply via CDC Foundation webpage.

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