Job DescriptionJOB TITLE: Microbiologist IPOSITION NUMBER: 2108-09999-Micro-I-1POSITION LOCATION: Atlanta, GA, USAANTICIPATED START DATE: Two weeks after candidate identificationTRAVEL: As required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position
ASRT, 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 ASRT, Inc. and will be assigned to the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases (DFWED), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), at the CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA, to provide scientific and technical support for the EDLB.SCOPE OF WORK
The Microbiologist I will provide scientific and laboratory support to the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases (DFWED) in its preparedness and response to foodborne and diarrheal diseases in the United States and abroad.MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSEducation and Experience:
- Perform conventional and/or molecular microbiologic techniques for the isolation, identification, and subtyping of enteric bacterial pathogens derived from stool, blood, or environmental samples.
- Perform laboratory procedures in compliance with the Quality Management System (QMS) and regulatory requirements.
- Maintain safe work environment and necessary inventory of supplies to maintain laboratory readiness for research and outbreak investigations.
- Maintain accurate records of conventional and/or molecular microbiologic testing, outbreak detection, and surveillance activities in compliance with the Quality Management System.
- Perform calibration and maintenance of all necessary laboratory instruments to ensure compliance with CDC's Laboratory Quality Management Systems.
- Ensure that incoming specimens are processed and triaged maintaining "chain-of-custody."
- Assist with outbreak response activities during national and international foodborne disease outbreaks.
- Fulfill mandatory BioSafety and IT security training requirements.
- Travel in order to: 1) provide training to enhance the capacity of the local/international public health sector 2) provide outbreak response analysis efforts during national and international foodborne disease outbreaks 3) present findings at scientific meetings (not conferences).
- Perform reference identification testing of Listeria spp. in accordance with safety, QMS and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) requirements and analyzes and interprets results.
- Provide laboratory outbreak support and consultation for Listeria investigations.
- Effectively communicate and coordinate with others regarding work tasks and plans in order to accomplish unit, team, and branch objectives. Share work progress and problems encountered with others in a timely manner.
- Master's degree, from an accredited academic institution, in a scientific discipline related to the responsibilities of the position.
- 3-5 years of experience in the development, implementation, and validation of diagnostic assays to detect and characterization of bacterial pathogens.
- Experience and knowledge of laboratory diagnosis of Listeria spp. infection or similar foodborne bacterial spp., and associated special tests for the treatment and detection of Listeria spp.
- Experience with the development and evaluation and optimization of in vitro diagnostic assays, including immunoassays.
- Experience with standard microbiological and molecular techniques
- Experience with outbreak support and consultation.
- Documentation of daily work with good laboratory practice compliance
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Experience writing project reports, research protocols and manuscripts.
- Experience working in a CLIA environment.
- Experience maintaining inventory of samples using MS Excel and Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
- Experience working in a similar capacity in a Public Health setting.
- 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 requests for support of ongoing projects.
- The candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
- Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident or have authorization for employment in the United States.
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.To apply for this position:
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