CDC Postgraduate Research Opportunity in Molecular Biology

- Atlanta, GA4.0

Full-timeEstimated: $51,000 - $68,000 a year
Organization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Reference Code CDC-CVDB-2019-0109
How to Apply

A complete application consists of:
An application
Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts
A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
One educational or professional recommendation. Your application will be considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed until one recommendation is submitted.
All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Application Deadline 6/10/2019 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
A research opportunity is currently available in the Chronic Viral Diseases Branch within the Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP), of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Joining the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) DNA Laboratory, the participant will be involved in laboratory tasks including processing, testing, and archiving specimens in support of HPV epidemiology and vaccine implementation studies. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will also develop project management skills such as supply forecasting and communication with internal and external study partners. The participant may also learn to evaluate and optimize methods for molecular detection of HPV. Specific activities may include:

Cataloging, processing and storing biologic samples received in the HPV DNA laboratory while observing all safety guidelines
Extracting nucleic acid from human specimens
Detecting, quantifying and genotyping HPV with polymerase chain reaction (PCR), line-blot and other molecular assays
Recording and maintaining hardcopies and electronic copies of laboratory notebooks detailing experiments and results
Managing records in electronic databases (e.g. Microsoft Access, SQL and laboratory information systems [LIMS])
Drafting internal reports of tasks performed
Analyzing data with Excel, Access and R
Performing quality control and safety procedures necessary for the performance of laboratory protocols involved in handling biohazard materials
Assisting in laboratory quality management activities
Attending weekly departmental meetings that address current scientific activities of the branch
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: June 3, 2019

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

The qualified candidate should have received a bachelor's or master's degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees and will reach completion by the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Prior hands-on experience in a biological laboratory outside of a classroom setting is preferred.

Eligibility Requirements
Degree: Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 6/3/2019 12:00:00 AM.

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