Research Scientist

Battelle - Atlanta, GA (30+ days ago)3.8

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Primary Function

Battelle is a world leader in science and technology research. Technical On-site Professional Services (TOPS) is a part of the Energy, Health and Environment Business and provides laboratory support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. TOPS is seeking a Research Scientist with experience in microbiology, virology, or immunology to design, perform and analyze experiments to assess immune responses to influenza infection and immunization. The position is located in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Influenza Division (ID), at the Roybal Campus, Atlanta, Georgia.

The selected candidate will work in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Roybal Campuses. Salary will be determined based on education and experience. A full benefit package will be provided. Relocation support will not be provided. The selected candidate will have to obtain and maintain a CDC security clearance.

TOPS is working with Health and Human Services and CDC (HHS/CDC) in supporting efforts for pandemic influenza preparedness. To improve the understanding of prevention and treatment of influenza it is necessary to improve the knowledge of anti influenza drugs. The biological assessment of virus susceptibility to anti-influenza drugs is conducted using enzyme activity inhibition assays. There are several modifications of the enzyme inhibition assays which could be used to detect drug resistant viruses. Some are widely used and the others are investigational. Their effectiveness to detect drug resistance in Influenza viruses will need to be evaluated. Anti-influenza drugs along with epidemiologic surveillance are essential components to increase pandemic readiness and response. TOPS is supporting CDC in research and development efforts to eliminate gaps in influenza control by increasing the tools available to clinical providers, public health laboratories and domestic and international partners, by monitoring influenza viruses through molecular technologies, incorporating laboratory surveillance with classic epidemiology and improving medical management to facilitate detection and control of new epidemic variants and provide complete and accurate information about influenza viruses posing a pandemic threat.

Major Responsibilities

Design and organize scientific studies including experimental requirements, resource and equipment needs, and required information, for assigned studies. Investigate, analyze, and evaluate unexpected conditions that arise during the course of assigned projects. Conduct data analysis using standard statistical techniques. Prepare procedure manuals and protocols, and keep records of relevant materials for each study.
Plan, perform, analyze and interpret classical influenza virology techniques such as hemagglutination assays, plaque assays, and preparing viral stocks.
Design, perform, and analyze experiments to assess immune responses to influenza infection and immunization, including designing well-controlled experiments, preparing samples, operating equipment, and analyzing and interpreting data.
Plan, perform, and analyze animal experiments of ferrets and/or mice, including intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intraperitoneal injections, influenza infection, sedation and anesthesia, and collecting blood samples.
Perform and analyze flow cytometric analysis of immune responses, including development of novel techniques, assessment of reagents, and interpretation of results.
Prepare scientific reports and technical papers for senior scientists within a Division. Prepare segments of technical public health publications such as monographs and MMWR. Develop portions of articles for publication in scientific journals including peer reviewed journals.
Present scientific project information to colleagues and managers at scientific seminars, staff meetings and briefings for senior Division leaders. Present poster sessions and abstracts to scientific audiences at scientific meetings and conferences.
Position Requirements

PhD 0-2 years OR MS 2-5 years OR BS 5-8 years in Microbiology, Virology, or Immunology, or related fields in Biological Sciences
Hands-on experience in state-of-the-art serological and influenza virological techniques.
Experience with animal handling; experience with flow cytometry; experience with serological techniques including hemagglutination inhibition; experience working under BSL2 safety conditions.
Work experience with influenza, including animal models of influenza infection, immunology, virology, and molecular biology is a definite plus as the research work requires assessing innate and adaptive immune responses to influenza viruses. Previous experience with ferrets is preferred.
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Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

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