Next Generation Sequencing Scientist

Clearance Level
Atlanta, Georgia

REQ#: RQ129416

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

GDIT has an opportunity for a full-time Scientist 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.

In support of the Virology, Surveillance and Diagnosis Branch (VSDB) of the Influenza Division of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) working from the Clifton Rd campus in Atlanta, Georgia.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with the nation’s lead agency charged with protecting the public's health. There is no travel requirement for this position. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs routine high-complexity testing in molecular (genome sequencing) and microbiology (Influenza/Covid-19), quality control, calibration, and maintenance in accordance with current laboratory procedures.
  • Assist in producing and analyzing next generation sequence data from routine and enhanced global surveillance using multiple approaches related to influenza/SARS-CoV-2 epidemics or pandemics.
  • Assist with laboratory studies on the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses to detect and assess the risk of new emerging variants to current vaccines.
  • Assist with mathematical and computational approaches to understand, and eventually predict the evolutionary and epidemiological patterns of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 viruses.
  • Plan, prepare materials, for laboratory training workshops.


  • Ensure the appropriate laboratory genomic analysis methods, procedures, techniques, and applicable quality controls are correctly conducted by referring to standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Prepares and stocks Laboratory media, reagents, chemical solutions, and other reagents as inventory needs require.
  • Compiles study related reports and communicate to supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Maintain or advise on all required laboratory inventory logs, sample logs, test records, notebooks, instrument logs, maintenance logs, and methods records as required by regulatory requirements and client policies.
  • Comply with all requirements for laboratory safety and security


Education and Experience Requirements:

  • PhD in biological sciences or a related field with 2-3 years of NGS experience is preferred OR Masters with 3-5 years of experience in NGS and molecular biology techniques required.
  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience with Next-generation sequencing library preparation and instrument runs is required.
  • Experience with DNA extraction, molecular biology techniques including qPCR, PCR, capillary electrophoresis, microarray
  • Experience in preparing reports, summaries, presentations, papers and other documents to highlight findings, accomplishments, and surveillance data
  • Experience in genomic workflows (e.g., exomes, genomes, NGS instrumentation) is a plus.


  • Preferred experience with Influenza and/or Viruses
  • Additional experience with Microbiology and/or Virology
  • Experience with federal regulations regarding the handling of laboratory specimens and related clinical information specifically CLIA
  • Experience in adhering and advising on laboratory CLIA practices as well as OSHA and organizational safety requirements
  • Experience with integrated laboratory information management systems (LIMS)
  • Ability to work with minimal direct supervision and may assist and advise more junior staff
  • Ability to collaborate with team members on laboratory methods, processes, and test procedures to affect a culture of continuous improvement
  • Strong communication (written and oral), computer, scientific, and organizational skills.


About Our Work

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination

GDIT does not have a vaccination mandate applicable to all employees. To protect the health and safety of its employees and to comply with customer requirements, however, GDIT may require employees in certain positions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination requirements will depend on the status of the federal contractor mandate and customer site requirements.

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.