COVID-19 Corps- Molecular Biology WGS Specialist

at CDC Foundation (view profile)
Location HONOLULU, Hawaii
Date Posted October 15, 2020
Category Laboratory
Job Type Full Time


The CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations, organizations and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world. The CDC Foundation is the sole entity authorized by Congress to mobilize philanthropic partners and private-sector resources to support CDC’s critical health protection mission. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has launched approximately 1,000 programs and has served as a strategic partner to CDC during public health emergencies. This is an outstanding opportunity to work with the nation’s lead agency charged with protecting the public's health.

•    Train existing staff in whole genome and targeted next generation sequencing.
•    Enhance capabilities of staff in applications specific to State Laboratories Division, including whole genome sequencing of viruses and bacteria, and targeted next generation sequencing of bacteria for the purpose of strain typing, detection of virulence factors, and potential resistance to treatment.
•    Reports to: State Laboratories Administrator
•    In collaboration with existing staff, evaluate instrument/s appropriate for Hawaii Department of Health State Laboratories Division (DOH/SLD). Consideration will be given to Oxford Nanopore and Illumina instruments.
•    Participate in purchase of needed reagents, hardware, and software following State purchasing protocols.
•    Optimize extraction and sample preparation methods to enable sequencing of specimens with small volume and/or small RNA concentrations (high CT values). It is important to attain sufficient depth of coverage to be sure of the viral RNA sequences. Samples received are expected to be viral transport media remainders following nucleic acid amplification detection in other laboratories.
•    Train existing microbiologist staff to perform whole genome sequencing. Staff to be trained include one staff member who is experienced in whole genome sequencing, and two experienced microbiologists who are not familiar with WGS.
•    Prepare written standard operating procedures, and quality control record systems.
•    Works with existing staff to acquire respiratory specimens for sequencing.
•    Perform whole genome sequencing for SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory viruses.
•    Provide sequencing files to bioinformatics staff.
•    Maintains laboratory instruments.

•    Post-baccalaureate training or experience in next generation sequencing/whole genome sequencing.
•    Be able to work remotely

Location is Honolulu, Hawaii.

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.

Please apply directly through the CDC link below:

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