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Microbiologist I

Atlanta, Georgia, US
Closing date
May 19, 2022

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Informatics / GIS
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JOB TITLE: Microbiologist I

POSITION NUMBER: 2110-03202-SM-I-1


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 Polio and Picornavirus Laboratory Branch (PPLB), Division of Viral Diseases (DVD), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA, to provide laboratory support for the PPLB.

On-site federal contractors and approved visitors to federal sites may be required to have either a completed Certification of Vaccination form indicating they have been fully vaccinated or proof of negative COVID-19 test results in the last 72 hours in order to enter a federal facility. This impacts all IHRC employees that are assigned to work on a federal site.


The Microbiologist I will provide laboratory support for the PPLB. Responsibilities will include: a) Performance of specialized testing of specimens submitted to the laboratory; b) Performing standard laboratory methods and techniques to characterize and analyze viruses; c) Assisting with reporting, training and research projects for the PPLB d) assist in the lead projects in bioinformatics and computational biology. The Microbiologist I will support the Division of Viral Diseases in compliance with CDC, federal safety regulations and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Select Agent Regulations and will prepare reports, charts and graphs and present data at internal laboratory meetings.

  • Conduct acute flaccid myelitis surveillance; exploratory studies to identify correlates of disease and pathogenesis
  • Employ methods including enterovirus stock preparation, virus titration, virus neutralization assays, and quality control standard measurements to determine the immune status of certain populations against enteroviruses
  • Analyze results of the neutralization assays, and compare them to other antibody measurements performed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) or other assays
  • Perform specimen management activities for materials included in research studies and serosurveys.
. Requirements:

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree with 3-5 years of experience in microbiology, biology or a related discipline.

  • 2-4 years of research experience involving preparation and handling of nucleic acid samples, PCR, real-time PCR, ELISA, and other standard laboratory methods.
  • Experience performing laboratory work at a biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) or BSL-2-enhanced level.
  • Experience with standard microbiological, virologic, immunological, cell culture, and molecular techniques and assays for the diagnosis of infectious diseases.
  • Experience with the development, implementation and troubleshooting of neutralization assays.
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Immunizations may be required.

  • Experience with the development and evaluation and optimization of in vitro diagnostic assays, including immunoassays.
  • Experience in and knowledge of laboratory diagnosis of viral infections.
  • Experience performing specimen management and working with a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
  • Ability to work independently and yet maintain the flexibility to respond to requests for support of ongoing projects.

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.
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