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Fellowship Opportunities

Senior Service Fellow


Atlanta Georgia

Apply by October 13, 2017

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Sub-Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Organization: National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention
Salary Range: $90,023 -$117,028 annually (RG-0403) GS-13 equivalent
Work Schedule: Full-time/ Monday-Friday
Appointment Type /
Temporary appointment – 2 years, with potential for extension
Bargaining Unit Status: Non-Bargaining Unit

Job Description

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Infectious Diseases (OID), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) is seeking a highly-qualified Senior Service Fellow (Microbiologist) to join its team in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) Laboratory Branch (LB) under the direction of the Reference Laboratory Team (RLT) Lead. As a senior microbiologist, you will evaluate and perform molecular and growth-based testing in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regulated environment, and eventually serve as a technical supervisor under CLIA.

CDC is the agency Americans trust with their lives. As a global leader in public health, CDC is the nation’s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency. Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of our people here and around the world.

The Reference Laboratory Team conducts CDC’s Molecular Detection of Drug Resistance (MDDR) clinical service for rapid detection of drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and growth-based drug susceptibility testing for first and second-line anti-tuberculosis drugs. This CLIA-compliant service provides information used by clinicians to guide therapy decisions for treatment of tuberculosis. Additionally, RLT provides consultation to submitters, TB Programs, and healthcare providers regarding results interpretation. Coordination and collaboration with the two other teams within LB, the Applied Research Team and the Laboratory Capacity Team, experts throughout DTBE, and public health partners, are essential to RLT duties.


Program Responsibility

Responsibilities will include day-to-day supervision of high complexity test performance by qualified testing personnel, monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure that acceptable levels of analytic performance are maintained, and providing orientation to all testing personnel. The incumbent will lead an evaluation of the transition of MDDR to a Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) platform, to include bioinformatics analyses for NGS, and provide subject matter expertise regarding routine establishment of minimum inhibitory concentration testing for growth-based results. The incumbent will take on an increasing level of responsibility within RLT regarding continued evolution of clinical services and consultation as technology and scientific data advance.



Incumbent will:

  • Perform and provide oversight for molecular and growth-based laboratory testing in both BSL-2 and BSL-3 environments, as applicable
  • Ensure the accuracy, reliability, and timeliness of patient test results
  • Evaluate the use of NGS for the MDDR service
  • Incorporate CLIA compliant NGS into the MDDR algorithm
  • Use bioinformatics tools to analyze NGS data
  • Under a quality management system, draft standard operating procedures, guidance documents, and reporting formats
  • Evaluate laboratory workflow and protocols for safety and quality improvement
  • Monitor test performance
  • Provide training and subject matter expertise within RLT, LB, and DTBE
  • Prepare presentations that translate highly complex data into clear language that is understandable by public health partners
  • Provide consultation to submitters and other public health professionals related to MDDR results interpretation
  • Draft and review internal documents and peer-reviewed manuscripts
  • Support communication and coordination of NGS activities within LB
  • Support professional development of team members
  • Participate in Branch and Team meetings


Basic Requirements

  • US citizens and non-US citizens are eligible to apply.
  • Non-US citizens who meet the 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. Countries currently on this list are Iran, Sudan, and Syria. Visit the US Department of State website for more information.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation.
  • 10 percent travel may be required.
  • Upon entry on duty, incumbent must undergo baseline tuberculosis laboratorian medical screening with follow-up screening every 6 months at the CDC Occupational Health Clinic. Respiratory clearance and fit-testing will also be required.  In addition, relevant training and screening related to blood borne pathogens will be considered.


Qualification Requirements

The successful candidate will possess a 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.

In addition to the above education requirement, the candidate must possess a Doctoral degree and one year of post doctorate experience.

The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following:

  • Proficiency performing NGS
  • Analyzing NGS data, and interpreting results
  • Understanding of CLIA regulations and experience working in a CLIA regulated environment is required
  • Broad clinical laboratory experience;  experience working with Mycobacterium tuberculosis in a BSL-3 environment is desired
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential; a writing sample may be required.

Education Requirement: 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). We will accept unofficial transcripts 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.

Non-U.S. Education: If you are using education completed at non-U.S. colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must show that:

  • a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs has evaluated your education credentials; and
  • the private organization that evaluated your non-U.S. education determined that your education and program is equivalent to that gained in an accredited U. S. education program, or
  • the private organization that evaluated your non-U.S. education gave full credit for the courses you successfully completed at a U.S. accredited college or university.

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This position will be appointed under the Title 42 Authority, Section 209 (g). Salary and benefits are commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience, and are equivalent to the GS-13 pay scale range ($90,023 -$117,028 annually).


EEO Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment based on 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

Email your cover letter, résumé (no more than 10 pages), college transcripts, and the contact information for two educational or professional references to Tracy Dalton, Ph.D. at  by Friday, October 13, 2017, 11:59 PM EST.


Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed and interviews may be conducted.

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