Covid-19 Response Posting - Front Line Staff/Entry Level
Salary up to $75,000
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.
Responsibilities • 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.
Qualifications • 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.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 1579
About CDC Foundation
TOGETHER OUR IMPACT IS GREATER
The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit and the sole entity created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s critical health protection work.
We are a catalyst for unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC and philanthropies, private entities and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world.
The government has unique capacities as well as limitations. The same is true for the private and philanthropic sectors. We believe that people, groups and organizations have greater positive impact and can accomplish more collectively than individually. By aligning diverse interests and resources and leveraging all parties’ strengths, our focused collaborations with private and philanthropic partners help create greater impact than any one entity can alone. Your support saves and improves lives—right now and in the future.
Thanks to our donors, we have launched approximately more than 1,000 health protection programs and raised over $900 million to support CDC's work over the past two decades. To keep ...people healthy, safe and secure, we managed hundreds of CDC-led programs in the United States and in more than 140 countries