Microbiologist

Clearance Level
Other
Category
Scientists
Location
Atlanta, Georgia

REQ#: RQ101091

Travel Required: Less than 10%
Public Trust: NACI (T1)
Requisition Type: Regular

GDIT seeks a candidate for a full-time Research Microbiologist position to provide genomic analysis support to improve the vaccine virus selection for influenza and SAR-CoV-2.  Genomic surveillance of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 integrated with classic epidemiology facilitates the detection of new epidemic variants and provides complete and accurate information about viruses posing a pandemic threat. The use of genomic epidemiology will improve candidate viruses for pre-pandemic and pandemic vaccine development to assist decision makers in formulating management strategies needed during outbreaks, epidemics, or pandemics.

The primary duties of this position include performing genomic epidemiological analyses and viral evolution studies using bioinformatics, phylogenetics, phylogeography, and phylodynamics. Additional duties include conducting national and international trainings on computational methods of genomic epidemiology. 

The position will be assigned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Clifton campus in Atlanta, Georgia. The position will be located in the Virology, Surveillance and Diagnosis Branch (VSDB) of the Influenza Division (ID). This is an outstanding opportunity to work with the nation’s lead agency charged with protecting the publics health. There is no travel requirement for this position. 

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct genomic epidemiologic studies on the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses to detect and assess the risk of new emerging variants to current vaccines.
  • Analyze next generation sequence data from routine and enhanced global surveillance using spatiotemporal, phylodynamic and epidemiologic approaches to determine trends that can be used in making predictive decisions about prevention, treatment and control prevention, treatment and of influenza/SARS-CoV-2 epidemics or pandemics.
  • Use mathematical and computational approaches to understand, and eventually predict the evolutionary and epidemiological patterns of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 viruses.
  • Collaborate with bioinformaticians on a variety of viral evolution studies related to influenza and SARS-CoV-2 viruses.
  • Ensure the appropriate genomic analysis methods, procedures, techniques, and applicable quality controls are correctly conducted by referring to standard protocols
  • . Plan, prepare materials, coordinate and perform genomic epidemiologic training workshops.
  • Support outbreak response and other activities as needed.
  • Prepare reports, summaries, presentations, papers and other documents to highlight findings, accomplishments, and surveillance data. 
  • Participate in special projects and activities and assume responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Doctoral degree in biology, biomedical sciences, virology, microbiology, molecular biology, or related field is required.
  • At least 5 years of experience on viral evolutionary studies on influenza and or other viral pathogens.
  • At least 5 years of experience teaching theoretical and practical bioinformatic and phylogenetic methods.
  • Professional knowledge of evolutionary biology, immunology, computational biology, virology, computer science, bioinformatics, biostatistics, epidemiology, and computational skills to perform a full range of specialized analyses of viral evolution.
  • Professional knowledge of phylogenetic analysis using Bayesian methods. 
  • Professional knowledge of the both the laboratory and computational processes to generate and analyze next-generation sequence data.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to collaborate with others on projects, investigations, and to conduct training workshops.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as demonstrated by publications, conference abstracts, and presentations.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience using Oxford Nanopore Minion for creation and analysis of next generation sequence data.
  • Experience in conducting in-person and remote training workshops on next-generation sequencing and genomic analysis.

This position requires being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021 or the start date, if after December 8.

We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.

GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.