Database Manager/Bioinformatician I – IHRC, Inc. – Atlanta, GA

Job ID: 5941
Job date: 2016-09-02

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JOB TITLE: Database Manager/Bioinformatician I

POSITION NUMBER: 1608-17984-DMB-01-01

POSITION LOCATION: Atlanta, GA, USA

ANTICIPATED START DATE: 09/01/2016

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL: Position is filled

TRAVEL: As required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position

IHRC, Inc. provides scientific, information management and administrative program support to various Centers, Institutes and Offices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under several contracts. The successful candidate will be a full-time employee of IHRC, Inc. and will be assigned to the Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch (EDLB), Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases (DFWED), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), at the CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA, to provide scientific and technical support for the EDBL.

SCOPE OF WORK:
The Database Manager/Bioinformatician will perform database management and bioinformatics support for the Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch to aid in surveillance (cluster detection) and outbreak investigations of enteric bacterial pathogens.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Performs routine Pulsed-field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) analysis on DNA fingerprints form PulseNet Participants, using customized software (BioNumerics). Independently manages the DNA fingerprints, including Whole Genome Sequencing WGS data, submitted to the PulseNet national databases. Works closely with epidemiologists in the investigation and control of foodborne outbreaks. Independently prepares training materials and participates in the training of PulseNet network participants and other partners in the use of standardized genomic analytical procedures. With minimal or no supervision prepares and delivers clear, concise and accurate reports and presentations for supervisors, colleagues and collaborators at internal and external meetings. Leads or co-leads outbreak response activities during national and international foodborne disease outbreaks for the pathogens assigned to him/her. Fulfills mandatory BioSafety and IT security training requirements. Travels in order to 1) provide training to enhance the capacity of the local/international public health sector 2) provide outbreak response efforts during national and international foodborne disease outbreaks 3) present scientific findings at scientific meetings. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education and experience:
Master’s degree, from an accredited academic institution, in a scientific discipline related to the responsibilities of the position 2-4 years of experience in the analysis of bacterial pathogens utilizing genomic analysis techniques Required:
Experience and knowledge of genomic analysis software as related to the detection of bacterial pathogens in clinical samples Experience with the analysis, curation and cluster analysis of disease outbreak data Experience with standard microbiological and molecular techniques Experience with outbreak support and consultation Documentation of daily work with good laboratory practice compliance Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Experience writing project reports, research protocols and manuscripts Desirable:
Experience working in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) environment Experience maintaining inventory of samples using MS Excel and Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) Experience in the preparation and training of others in DNA analysis techniques Familiarity with foodborne pathogens Experience working in a similar capacity in a Public Health setting Ability to work and build coalitions with partners involved, and develop strategies for effectively convey information to partners Ability to work independently and yet to maintain the flexibility to respond to requests for support of ongoing projects Language Skills:
The candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English REQUIREMENT:
Must be United States citizen or permanent resident or have authorization for employment in the United States SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

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IHRC, INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. It is the policy of IHRC, Inc. to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, and veteran or disability status and to take affirmative action in accordance with applicable laws and Executive Orders.


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