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Research Scientist in Atlanta, GA at Headway Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 9/16/2018

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Job Description

Headway Workforce Solutions is currently seeking a Research Scientist for a 6+ month contract opportunity in Atlanta, GA with our partner, a private nonprofit applied science and technology development company.


Job Description:

The position is located in the Influenza Division (ID) of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), OID, CDC at the Roybal Campus, 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 Virus Reference Team (VRT) of the Virology, Surveillance and Diagnosis Branch, Influenza Division is the core unit of the WHO collaborating center responsible for characterization of influenza viruses circulating globally to provide essential information for the WHO to make recommendations on influenza vaccine strain selection.


Responsibilities:
  • Conduct specimens receiving, accessioning and processing as well as data entry.
  • Propagate influenza viruses in tissue culture or embryonated chicken eggs.
  • Organize and perform specialized antigenic analysis of influenza viruses submitted from national and international laboratories participating in the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System as well as viruses from outbreaks or other special studies.
  • Perform serological assays to estimate immune response among people immunized with influenza vaccine or infected with influenza.
  • Participate in preparing virus specific animal antisera (ferrets and other laboratory animals).
  • Fulfill external and/or internal requests on reagents and prepare outgoing shipment.
  • Organize procurement of routine supplies, biologics, animals and equipment items for the reference laboratory.

Requirements:
  • BS in Microbiology or Biology, Molecular Biology, or closely related field.
  • Two years of virology laboratory experience and demonstrated expertise in influenza research are preferred.
  • Hands-on experiences of cell culture, as well as classical and molecular biology techniques.
  • Experiences with specimens accessioning process and knowledge of Laboratory Information Management system (LIMs) are desirable.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with ability to work collaboratively with other scientists and laboratorians
  • Experience in writing laboratory reports and scientific paper as well as working with Microsoft Excel, Word and Access.

Physical Requirements:
  • Must be able to read, write, type, and use a telephone.
  • The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.

Headway Workforce Solutions provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Headway Workforce Solutions complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.