GHS Microbiologist

IHRC, Inc. - Atlanta, GA4.1

Full-timeEstimated: $55,000 - $72,000 a year
JOB TITLE: GHS Microbiologist

POSITION NUMBER: 1809-92032-GHS-M-01


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 Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA to provide technical and intellectual support for bacterial laboratory capacity building and bacterial meningitis surveillance.


The GHS Microbiologist will provide support for Global Health Security related and other important laboratory-based activities, including surveillance for vaccine-preventable bacterial diseases, outbreak response, vaccine evaluations, special public health related activities, collaborations with partners, data management, development and evaluation of advanced molecular diagnostic tests for bacterial pathogens, and domestic and international trainings. Additionally, the GHS Microbiologist will be engaged in efforts to improve laboratory diagnostics and molecular typing capacity for the detection of bacterial pathogens using novel cutting-edge technology such as next-generation sequencing.


Coordinate and participate in laboratory assessment and trainings in international laboratories to improve bacterial disease surveillance.
Lead/participate in diagnostic assay development to improve bacterial pathogen detection and characterization and studies to understand antibiotic resistance and genetic evolution of meningitis pathogens.
Conduct literature review to understand the global epidemiology of meningitis; Prepare and deliver summaries based on the literature review to the team and/or partners.
Prepare and manage materials and documents including, but not limited to, progress reports, summaries, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), training materials, laboratory budget, and job aids.
Procure laboratory equipment, supplies and reagents in support of improving laboratory capacity building in collaborator countries.
Serve as project point of contact for both domestic and international partners and coordinate communication and meetings between internal and external partners.
Coordinate meetings, conference and other scientific events with partners, team members, and other CDC colleagues.
Conduct follow-up visits to African collaborator countries to provide technique assistance, 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 prepare SOPs, training materials, grants, contracts, agency agreement, meeting minutes, summaries, reports, abstracts, manuscripts, presentations, and other documents.
Present findings at meetings, share documents with partners, and submit into CDC clearance computer program, Documentum for federal clearance procedures.

Education and Experience:
Master's or Ph.D. degree in microbiology, biology, public health, or other related majors.

2 or more years of bacteriology experience.
Experience with standard molecular methods including, but not limited to, qPCR, DNA/RNA isolation, and DNA sequencing.
Excellent oral and writing communication skills.
Ability to work 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.

Experience in international laboratory capacity building strongly preferred.
Expertise and experience in epidemiology, disease surveillance, and molecular epidemiology of bacterial disease.
Experience performing training in standard microbiological procedures and molecular methods.
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).

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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