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Microbiologist IV (PPLB)
Atlanta, GA

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.


  • Provides expert scientific advice, and consultation in designing, coordinating and maintaining scientific project goals, objectives and priorities within a National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease Polio Branch and in the general public health community.
  •  Implements scientific policies and procedures on microbiology/biological science practices and principles.
  • Serves as an expert, providing scientific microbiologist advice and consultation on solutions to critical problems that require creating new approaches, and standards to be used within the Center and Branch.
  • Coordinates the sharing of health-related informational materials so that scientific advice and assistance is shared.
  • Assist in developing strategies to meet short and long-range goals for the applicable program and assures that strategies reflect most promising directions in research, preventive, and clinical approaches as it relates to the scientific area.
  • Applies new methods, approaches, and technology to new and unusual situations and these methods have broad applications in the field.
  • Collaborates and provides expert scientific advice to all organizational levels within the agency, as well as with various state health agencies, and partner organizations, both nationally and internationally, to synthesize, and implement policies and directions for future development.
  • Designs, oversees, implements, and conducts microbiological scientific surveys/studies or projects to identify and solve problems.
  • Identifies and analyzes scientific issues and their impact on operations that are critical to the public health community at large.
  • Analyzes epidemiologic investigation data utilizing new methodologies or existing techniques that have been extensively revised.
  • Collaborates with scientists and program consultants in various aspects of the study or survey design process, and other study support duties including analyzing and reporting of data and data dissemination to audiences.
  • Analyzes study or project implementation procedures for improvement.
  • Prepares and provides timely status reports. Independently carries out studies that involve a full range of scientific activities. The work requires initiative and originality.



  • Masters of Science degree plus at least 15 years of relevant experience OR Ph.D./Doctoral Degree in microbiology, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, or related field plus 10 years experience.



  • Knowledge of the principles, concepts, methods, and techniques of public health research and evaluation to analyze, evaluate and provide expert advice and consultation.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, applications, and state-of-the-art technology in the position's scientific area of responsibility to provide direction and guidance on critical and complex issues.
  • Ability to perform complex analytical studies and interpretation of results to coordinate the evaluation of programs and recommend improvements.
  • Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, to make clear, convincing presentations, explain and justify recommendations, represent the agency and assigned program or project areas, provide guidance and advise program administrators and members of the community, respond to inquiries, and interact with high level officials and representatives from public and private public health organizations..

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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