Molecular Virologist / Lab Manager

(Ref#: 2432)

CDC Foundation

  • Administration & Management - Non-Academic
  • Clinical Virology
  • Industry
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

The CDC Foundation seeks a candidate for a Microbiologist position with special emphasis on Molecular virology to assist the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases (DVD), Respiratory Viruses Branch (RVB) in conducting laboratory surveillance including diagnostics and characterization for preventing and controlling Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

This position is full-time, requiring 40 hours of work per week. The successful candidate will be a CDC Foundation field employee who works at the CDC’s Roybal campus in Atlanta, Georgia.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with the nation’s lead agency charged with protecting the public's health. The CDC Foundation offers a competitive salary and attractive benefits package.


 Apply specialized skills to conduct laboratory work including the following tasks:

Perform molecular virology studies on respiratory viral diseases, like RSV;

Accessioning specimens to extract RNA

Total nucleic acid extraction on a variety of extraction platforms

Running molecular assays such as real time PCR and molecular characterization using Sanger and NGS

Ability to troubleshoot molecular procedures (e.g. NGS, real-time PCR, RT-PCR), optimize, and conduct tree building

Compile a cohesive summary of results and generate result reports

     2. Perform molecular diagnostic testing and maintain testing systems and information in accordance with CLIA/CAP requirements

     3. Ability to effectively communicate with outside partners to explain processes for how we do procedures including

      a. documentation of protocol/ procedures and developing standard operating procedures (SOPs)

     4. Participate in the preparation of information for peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences and meetings

     5. 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


PhD or Masters level degree in microbiology, biology, public heath, or other related majors

2-3 years of experience with standard cell culture, molecular, and microbiological techniques

Documentation of daily work with good laboratory and CLIA practice compliance

Extensive experience writing or preparing project proposals, reports, research protocols and standard operating procedures

Strong teamwork skills

Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint,

Extensive experience using genetic sequencing platform, Sanger or NGS preferred

Full Salaried Employee of the CDC Foundation
Education Requirement:
PhD or Masters level degree in microbiology, biology, public heath, or other related majors
Years of Experience:
Required Skills & Areas of Study:
  • molecular virology studies
  • respiratory viral diseases
  • rsv
  • molecular virology
  • respiratory viruses
commensurate with experience

The CDC Foundation requires all employees to be fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 as a condition of employment effective November 22, 2021. All offers of employment after that date are contingent upon proof of full-vaccination status as a part of the pre-employment process.

*Fully vaccinated is defined as follows: At least two weeks have passed since receipt of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, or the second dose of the either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech two-dose vaccines.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disabilities, veteran status, and all other characteristics protected by law.

We comply with all applicable laws including E.O. 11246 and the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 governing employment practices and do not discriminate on the basis of any unlawful criteria in accordance with 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-300.5(a)(12) and 60-741.5(a)(7). As a federal government contractor, we take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.

The CDC Foundation is a smoke-free environment.

Relocation expenses are not included.

Atlanta Campus
Infectious Disease Programs
600 Peachtree Street Suite 1000
Atlanta , GA 30308
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