Senior Service Fellow, Research Microbiologist

CDC and Prevention

  • Clinical Virology
  • Research Scientist
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

The main responsibilities of RVDT are to develop cutting-edge diagnostic tests to identify respiratory viruses and monitor and characterize trends in non-influenza respiratory viral activity through U.S surveillance. This work will provide CDC and state public health labs with vital diagnostic tools central to public health and is expected to be disseminated to the scientific community by the publication of papers in peer-reviewed journals and ultimately contribute significantly to new scientific knowledge on the biology, natural history, and pathogenicity of all human respiratory viruses except influenza.

As a Senior Service Fellow (Research Microbiologist), you will:

Plan, prioritize, initiate, design, conduct, coordinate, direct, and lead basic and applied research studies

Assist in, or plan/develop molecular detection assays, and procedures, for the analysis and detection for hRSV and other respiratory viruses to inform in the prevention and treatment measures.

Provide consultation and advice to the agency, both internal and external to DVD and to partners outside of the agency (e.g. WHO) in areas of personal research expertise which may also involve overseas travel to provide workshop training.

Participate in the development of policy and educational documents and on review and advisory panels and will prepare findings for publication or presentation at scientific meetings.


Basic Qualifications

Degree: microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.


Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Agency Qualifications:

Doctoral level degree in the fields listed above;

One year of related postdoctoral experience at the next lower grade level related to the work of the position in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.

Highly qualified candidates would possess the following:


Post-doctoral training is preferred or have sufficient qualifications in the field of virology to assist in leading the hRSV and other respiratory virus program both domestically and internationally.

This position has an education requirement. Upon request, you must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Failure to submit transcripts or indicated college courses information will cause loss of consideration for this position.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Conditions of Employment:

Both US citizens and non-US citizens are eligible.

Non-US citizens meeting the above degree and specified specialized experience requirements are eligible for noncompetitive appointments under this appointing authority. Citizens of countries on the Non-Aligned list (including China, India, and Switzerland) are eligible for this appointment. Citizens of countries that have been determined by the U.S. Secretary of State to be State Sponsors of Terrorism will not be able to obtain a security clearance to work at CDC and should not be considered for this appointing authority. Countries currently on this list include North Korea, Iran, Sudan, and Syria. See

Successful completion of a background investigation

Less than 5% of domestic or international travel may be required

Proficiency in written and spoken English

Employees will need to provide proof of vaccination against SARS-Cov-2 and Hepatitis B

Recruitment incentives are not authorized

Required Documents:

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

EEO Policy:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

How to Apply:

Submit the following documentation to Everardo Vega at by 12:00 AM EST on July 27, 2022:

Cover letter or statement of interest

Resume or CV

College Transcripts

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Education Requirement:
Years of Experience:
Required Skills & Areas of Study:
  • respiratory viruses
  • respiratory viral diseases
  • diagnostics
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Atlanta - Roybal Campus
Respiratory Virology Diagnostics Team
1600 Clifton Rd, MS G04
Atlanta , GA 30333
Everardo Vega, PhD