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Microbiologist III – Atlanta, GA (#14275)

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 Microbiologist III will provide technical assistance needed for sample analysis. They will perform specialized testing of specimens submitted to the laboratory and perform standard laboratory methods and techniques to characterize and analyze viruses and antibodies. The microbiologist will assist with reporting, training, and research projects for the VGB.

The Viral Gastroenteritis Branch (VGB) is responsible for (1) providing epidemiologic and laboratory assistance studies and related activities to better understand the evolution, (molecular) epidemiology and immunity of rotavirus, norovirus and other gastroenteritis viruses; (2) providing consultation on the safety and impact of rotavirus vaccination and other prevention programs (rotavirus, norovirus); (3) providing consultation and technical assistance to state and local health departments to monitor the burden of disease and epidemiology of gastroenteritis virus infections (rotavirus, norovirus); (4) providing consultation and support on the research and development of new rotavirus vaccines and other prevention technologies; (5) providing consultation and support and/or participates in investigations of national and international outbreaks of viral vaccine preventable and other enteric viral diseases, and recommends appropriate control measures; (6) providing scientific leadership and advice, analyzes available data, and develops science-based statements for rotavirus vaccines to the ACIP and other groups to support the development and evaluation of immunization practices and policies in the U.S and internationally; provides and supports public health training; (7) responding to and assisting internal and external partners on other public health problems of national and international significance, as needed; (8) serving as the National Reference Laboratory (rotavirus and norovirus) and other agents of viral gastroenteritis; (9) serving as the WHO Global Reference Laboratory for Rotavirus and other agents of viral gastroenteritis.

Microbiologist III

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform growth and purification, diagnostics, biochemical and molecular characterization of rotaviruses, and rotavirus vaccine research and development.
  • Produce and characterize monoclonal antibodies.
  • Develop new reagents and methods to detect and characterize rotaviruses and other agents of viral gastroenteritis.
  • Investigate the risk factors and mechanisms for lower effectiveness of rotavirus vaccine in the developing world.
  • Perform independent laboratory research which will result in the evaluation of the viral components of multi-enteric pathogen platforms.
  • Perform characterization and testing of the developed assay using reference rotavirus laboratory strains and a multi-agent cross-reactivity panel.
  • Establish analytical performance characteristics of the assay using a panel of positive and negative stool samples.
  • Write technical reports and prepare manuscripts describing the work performed and data generated.
  • Present research and development data and findings to CDC staff and the scientific community.
  • Performs other job related duties as required.

Supervisory/Management Authority

  • This position will not have supervisory authority.

Education and/or Experience

  • MS or Ph.D. (preferred) with 3 years of post-graduate laboratory experience in microbiology and demonstrated expertise in immunology, molecular biology, virology, and the design, development, and performance of molecular diagnostic tests. CDC experience preferred.
  • Strong background and experience in clinical immunology, molecular biology, and biochemistry.
  • Experience with conventional and real-time PCR assays.
  • Experience with serology assays. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, while maintaining the ability to respond to VGB requests.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize new research ideas for project research.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience writing project reports, research protocols and manuscripts.
  • Ability to develop and validate new diagnostic assays.
  • Knowledge and experience working with infectious agents in a laboratory setting.
  • Strong interpersonal skills required for teamwork and extensive interaction with people across CDC and with external partners.
  • Extensive knowledge of scientific techniques and extensive skills in immunological and molecular biological research.
  • Ability to investigate the mechanisms of mixed virus infection and resultant implications for reduced efficacy of live oral rotavirus vaccines in the developing world, and in the development of new diagnostic assays for rotavirus.
  • Demonstrated ability working with the production and characterization of monoclonal antibodies.
  • Working knowledge with Microsoft Office, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Work Environment

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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