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Microbiologist II – Atlanta, GA (#14774)

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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We are seeking a Microbiologist II to apply specialized skills to assist the mission of The Polio and Picornavirus Laboratory Branch (PPLB), Division of Viral Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

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.

Microbiologist II

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Microbiologist II will apply specialized skills to conduct laboratory work including one or multiple of the following tasks:

  • Performs non-research microbiology and/or biological science support work in various scientific and public health areas associated with numerous biological agents.
    • The work involves carrying out a variety of laboratory procedures and processes as it relates to form, structure, reproductive processes, genetics, taxonomy, and cytology as they relate to microorganisms and their reaction to physical and chemical factors in the environment; their role as pathogenic and immunizing agents, and their isolation, cultivation, identification and systematic classification.
  • Performs serological, microbiological and molecular techniques to rapidly identify and characterize bacterial and virological agents that cause a number of diseases.
  • Determines study requirements, resources, equipment needs, etc.
  • Identifies methods and procedures to collect 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 written reports on scientific investigations, studies, and projects, or applies knowledge of the technical rules and procedures applying to scientific projects and programs to maintain documentation 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.
    • The scientist has responsibility for ensuring that assigned phases or segments of the work are performed satisfactorily and in their entirety.
  • Uses standard technology, making adaptations to procedures and accepted practices when necessary.
  • Handles unexpected conditions arising during the normal course of the work.
  • Calibrates and operates laboratory instruments that are necessary to independently perform tests, analyses and other procedures in conducting experiments and studies. Some of the procedures are complex, and are computerized or computer-linked
  • Performs experiments in accordance with approved methods and procedures.
  • 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.
  • Prepares written and oral reports, and responds to questions for inclusion in a comprehensive report on study findings.
  • Prepares a wide variety of charts, graphs, manuscripts, spreadsheets, etc. to report on study results.
  • Records study results in accordance with established procedures, with study results to be included in a comprehensive report on the project. Writes complete and accurate reports.
  • Assembles data in both tabular (tables, graphs, charts) and narrative form, noting any inconsistencies or area where the data appear inconclusive.
  • Interprets data for publication in scientific journals or other formats. Maintains complete, detailed records of all experiments performed.
  • Describes the methods and procedures used and includes summaries of data obtained and descriptions of any problems or unusual situations encountered in carrying out the experiments.
  • The supervisor is responsible for the overall interpretation of experiment results, although the scientist performs some basic analysis and interpretation of the results.
    • The work of the position may require knowledge of computer systems, methods, and applications including commercial statistical and data management software packages.
  • Knowledge of statistical methods and procedures such as analysis of variance, correlation, regression analysis ad frequency distribution may also be required.
  • Gives oral and/or written reports on study results, findings and recommendations.
  • Prepares results for publication in a variety of journals, monographs, etc.
  • Delivers oral briefings to a variety of individuals and groups in both informal and formal settings such as conferences and symposia.
  • Provides training to students and other laboratory personnel in the use of laboratory equipment and proper laboratory procedures.
  • Accountable for knowing and carrying out guidelines and regulations related to proper handling and storage of various biological material



No supervisory or management authority.



  • Degrees: Masters’s Degree or higher in related field
  • Minimum 7-10 years of experience



  • Professional knowledge of microbiology/biology sufficient to modify or adapt established protocols and procedures in response to test or study findings, standard techniques, processes, and procedures, to assess and apply precedents and to devise strategies and plans to overcome significant resource problems.
  • This includes intensive knowledge and competence in advanced techniques of a highly complex area of microbiology/biology sufficient to serve as a troubleshooter, specialist, or coordinator.
  • Professional knowledge and skill to perform and interpret a variety of specialized tests and stains utilizing advanced, molecular diagnostic technology for the detection and identification of pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Knowledge of regulatory agency policies.
  • Knowledge to perform quality control activities.
  • Skills necessary to operate automated pieces of equipment and use the laboratory information system as well as prepare and present scientific and technical reports.



Work will be performed in a climate controlled office environment.

With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

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