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Microbiologist III, Atlanta, GA, US, ID# 19059

Join the team who values your skills and expertise. Cherokee Nation Assurance (CNA) serves federal clients through a wide variety of health care and life sciences services. Through well-administered, well-coordinated programs, CNA takes a personalized approach with its clients, large and small. This approach gives customers the support they deserve and the quality they expect from a team that can handle every detail a team of experts, like you.

Cherokee Nation Assurance is part of Cherokee Federal – a team of tribally owned federal contracting companies focused on building solutions, solving complex challenges, and serving the nation’s mission around the globe for more than 60 federal clients. For more information, visit


Cherokee Nation Assurance is looking for an experienced Microbiologist III to support the Rotavirus Vaccines and Immunology team at the CDC. 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 III will assist with reporting, training, and research projects for the VGB.



May include the following:

  • Perform molecular virology studies (detection and typing and high-level characterization) on viral gastroenteritis viruses including rotavirus or norovirus and sapovirus
  • Evaluate multi-enteric pathogen diagnostic platforms for the detection of viruses, bacteria and parasites
  • Participate in burden of disease studies of rotavirus or norovirus outbreaks, sporadic cases and birth cohorts
  • Leading studies to evaluate novel diagnostic platforms for the detection and/or typing of gastroenteritis viruses
  • Design and perform animal work to support immunology and vaccine projects
  • Attend weekly team meetings, annual meetings, and other ad hoc meetings when necessary to provide information on current activities or to become familiar with current activities
  • Lead abstracts and peer-reviewed publications from above mentioned projects and studies.
  • 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.



  • No supervisory or management authority.


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.


  • 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 will be performed in a climate-controlled office or laboratory environment.


Cherokee Federal is a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses, the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. As a trusted partner, the Cherokee Federal team of companies manages nearly 1,000 projects of all sizes across the construction, consulting, engineering and manufacturing, health, and technology portfolios.

Since 2012, our team of companies has won more than $5 billion in government contracts. Our 3,000+ employees work in 26 countries, 50 states and 2 U.S. territories.

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