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Virologist/Molecular Biologist in Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Metro Area
JN -122019-113924

6 months contract position with possible extension or conversion for a Virologist/Molecular Biologist in Atlanta, GA

We are currently seeking a Virologist/Molecular Biologist. This position is located on the Roybal Campus in Atlanta, Georgia.


ISS is working with HHS/CDC which is responsible for pandemic influenza preparedness The CDC ID provides critical standards for pandemic preparedness to the US State Public Health Laboratories and acts as a World Health Organization (WHO) reference laboratory supporting international influenza surveillance and response networks. Rapid genetic and antigenic characterization of circulating viral strains coupled with vaccine development are essential components to increase pandemic readiness and response. CDC requires support in research and development efforts to eliminate data gaps in influenza surveillance by increasing the diagnostic and immunization tools available to clinical providers, public health laboratories and domestic and international partners. Monitoring influenza viruses through the application of molecular technologies and incorporation of laboratory surveillance with classic epidemiology facilitate detection of new epidemic variants and provide complete and accurate information about influenza viruses posing a pandemic threat. The use of viral molecular technologies and surveillance studies will provide candidate viruses for pre-pandemic and pandemic vaccine development to assist decision makers in formulating management strategies needed during influenza outbreaks, epidemics or pandemic.


The position is for a Virologist/Molecular Biologist on a team focused on influenza vaccine research and development. That individual plays a critical role in the development of new approaches to generate influenza candidate vaccine viruses in compliance with good laboratory practice (GLP) regulatory requirements. The incumbent will perform molecular biology, propagation and characterization of viruses, and record and report data generated


The position is located in the Influenza Division (ID) of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Office of Infectious Diseases (OID), CDC at the Roybal Campus, Atlanta, Georgia.



      Conducting RT-PCR and PCR to generate DNA fragments for analysis and cloning

      Construct and characterize various customized plasmid DNA molecules

      Characterize parent and rescued viruses by genomic sequencing, analyze and report results

      Infect cell cultures or embryonated hens eggs with influenza virus

      Recover engineered candidate vaccine viruses from cell cultures or eggs in compliance with GLP guidelines

      Prepare study reports for technical supervisor and manuscripts for publication in scientific journals.

      Aid in disseminating findings through intramural presentations and/or at national scientific meetings



      BS 2-5 or MS 0-2 with experience in Biological or Biochemical Science

      Top skills: Molecular Biology techniques, Sequencing experience, virology preferred

      Genetic sequence analysis experience in both traditional Sanger and GS platform(s) is required.

      Working knowledge of molecular biology, virology, and microbiology procedures and practices.

      Ability to obtain and maintain a CDC Security Clearance

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