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Microbiologist I Atlanta, GA (ID# 15236)

Cherokee Nation Assurance (CNA) delivers a broad spectrum of professional management consulting services to its defense, health, environmental and civilian agency clients. To assist clients in achieving their goals, CNA provides a tailored management approach for complex government programs and disciplines including health information technology, research & science, program management, communications, correspondence and document management, governance and administrative support. Wholly owned by Cherokee Nation, CNA is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

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The Polio and Picornavirus Laboratory Branch (PPLB), Division of Viral Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, provides: 1) laboratory assistance, technical expertise and support for surveillance and related activities to monitor impact of vaccination and other prevention programs, and determine patterns of infection and disease; 2) provides laboratory support and technical expertise for epidemiologic and laboratory studies to define patterns and risk factors for infection, disease, and disease burden; study vaccine-related issues; and, identify and evaluate non-vaccine prevention strategies; (3) provides laboratory consultation and technical expertise regarding use of vaccines and other measures to prevent infections to other national centers, collaborators, and partners; (4) provides laboratory consultation and support and/or participates in investigations of national and international outbreaks of viral vaccine preventable and other respiratory and enteric viral diseases; (5) provides laboratory leadership and technical expertise to develop science-based statements to Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and other groups to support the development and evaluation of immunization practices and policies in the U.S and internationally; (6) provides laboratory support for surveillance and epidemiologic studies and maintains reference/diagnostic services and expertise; (7) conducts studies of immunology and pathogenesis of disease and the biology, biochemical, genetic, and antigenic characteristics of the agents; (8) develops, evaluates, and improves diagnostic methods and reagents, transfers assays and techniques to national and international public health laboratories, and provides and supports training for laboratorians; (9) facilitates and participates in the development and evaluation of antiviral compounds, vaccines, and vaccination programs; (10) responds to and assists internal and external partners on other public health problems of national and international significance as needed; and (11) serves as the National Reference Laboratory (poliovirus and enteroviruses), World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Poliovirus and Enteroviruses Virus Reference and Research, and WHO Global Specialized Polio Reference Laboratory.


Includes the following:

  • Performs microbiology and related fields support work in various scientific and public health areas associated with numerous microorganisms and biological agents.
  • The work involves carrying out a variety of laboratory procedures and processes as it relates to microorganisms and their reactions to the environment.
  • Projects contain a limited number of variables and are completed by application of standard approaches and established precedents.
  • Ensures that the full range of routine methods, procedures, techniques, and applicable qualify controls are correctly conducted. Ensures proper collection of data and conducts experiments and studies, making adjustments in methods and procedures as appropriate during the course of the studies or experiments.
  • Ensures that incoming specimens are processed and triaged maintaining “chain-of-custody.”
  • Prepares routine reports on scientific investigations, studies and projects.
  • Applies knowledge of the technical rules and procedures to document and prepare analyses and reports of findings for tests and studies.
  • Acquires and organizes materials and information to carry out study procedures for assigned projects. Experiments involve the full range of methods, procedures, techniques, and activities routinely carried out in the scientific area.
  • Ensuring that assigned phases or segments of the work are performed.
  • Calibrates and operates laboratory instruments that are necessary to perform specialized tests, analyses and other standard procedures in conducting experiments and studies.
  • Performs experiments in accordance with standard methods and techniques.
  • Periodically evaluates progress of the experiment to determine whether data generated are accurate and valid.
  • Compares results with those obtained in previous experiments and/or identifies unusual or unexpected results and their probable causes.
  • Repeats experiments or modifies the conditions when necessary.


No supervisory/management authority.


Bachelors of Science degree plus at least 2 years of relevant experience in biology, virology, immunology, molecular genetics, or similar field.


  • Professional knowledge of microbiology and related biological science fields sufficient to independently perform recurring, well-precedented projects using standard methods and techniques.
  • Professional knowledge and skill to perform and monitor the full range of specialized tests and non-routine procedures for which there are standard methods and techniques, to calculate and correlate test results, and to verify results
  • Knowledge of regulatory agency policies.
  • Skills necessary to operate automated pieces of equipment and use the laboratory information system.
  • Skilled in written communications sufficient to prepare routine reports, papers, journal articles, etc.


Work will be performed primarily in a climate controlled office and laboratory environment.


Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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