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Scientist II- Atlanta, GA (ID#14951)

Cherokee Nation Operational Solutions (CNOS) provides a complete line of medical equipment and supplies along with innovative office products and services to businesses and health care facilities throughout North America. Wholly owned by Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Operational Solutions is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses’ family of companies.

For more company information, visit our site at http://cherokee-os.com/Pages/Home.aspx

SUMMARY

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Includes the following:

  • The contractor shall conduct activities to receive, track, and analyze seasonal influenza viruses for the WHO bi-annual and FDA annual influenza vaccine strain selections.  The contractor shall also develop and characterize Candidate Vaccine Viruses (CVV)s to support vaccine development by the Influenza Division. The contractor shall submit monthly progress and annual summary reports of activities to the COR/CO. This information will also be used to identify and characterize influenza strains for global influenza risk assessment and situational awareness, and for the development of new and improved diagnostic reagents and influenza vaccines. These activities include:
  • Support the development of Candidate Vaccine Viruses (CVV)s using innovative laboratory methods.
  • Isolate seasonal influenza viruses using Qualified MDCK cell line for vaccine development project.
  • Cell and viral isolate specimen and inventory management
  • Analysis and improvement of antigen yield/immunogenicity of CVVs
  • Sequence Analysis of CVV and predictive models
  • Propagation of candidate vaccine viruses (CVV) in compliance of GLP regulations
  • Improvement and optimization of influenza reverse genetics for candidate vaccine viruses (CVV)
  • Development of candidate vaccine virus (CVV) by reverse genetics in compliance of GLP regulations
  • Performs other job related duties as required.

SUPERVISORY/MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY

  • No supervisory or management authority.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelors or Master’s degree with at least four (4) years of laboratory experience in biology or microbiology.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • 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.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Work will be performed in climate controlled office environment.
  • Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
  • The environment may require prolonged sitting, prolonged standing, and light lifting up to 20 lbs.

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

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please copy and paste the links to the following two sites: EEO Statement | EEO Poster

If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may email “CNB.Compliance@cn-bus.com” for assistance. This email address is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the application process or status.

For Pay Transparency Non Discrimination provision, please copy and paste the following link: Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

We maintain an Affirmative Action Plan for the purpose of proactively seeking employment and advancement for qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Upon request, we will schedule time to make our Affirmative Action Plan accessible. If you are interested, please submit a written request with the email subject line: 2018 Request to View Affirmative Action Plan to the Compliance Administrator at “CNB.Compliance@cn-bus.com” This email box is not for resumes or follow up on job applications.