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Enhanced Capacity Surge Laboratory Postgraduate Fellowship at CDC

A learning opportunity is available in the Division of Scientific Resources (DSR) within the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The research project involves conducting and applying various techniques toward the goal of improving the capacity of the agency to respond to various public health needs. The immediate goal of this assignment is to assist the Reagent and Diagnostic Services Branch within our Enhanced Capacity Surge Laboratory (ECSL) in providing diagnostic testing on various platforms to expand the capacity of the agency to respond to public health threats when needed for increased diagnostic testing support.
As part of the ECSL, the chosen candidate may have the following learning opportunities:

  • Applying various diagnostic testing platforms (PCR, ELISA, Maldi-TOF, Luminex etc) within a BSL2/3 environment to test diagnostic and clinical samples
  • Assisting with validation of assays on various platforms
  • Utilizing branch quality management systems
  • Utilizing CDC’s Laboratory Information Management System software (ELIMS) for management of specimen data and test results
  • Assisting with the establishment of new Standard Operating Procedures
  • Contributing to CDC diagnostic research studies

The fellow is expected to follow all safety guidelines set in the RDSB, most notably the safe handling of clinical specimens employing Universal Precautions using Blood Borne Pathogen Standards and appropriate Biosafety Guidelines. The Enhanced Capacity Surge Laboratory operates under the regulations provided by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA). 

  • Master’s or doctorate in the life sciences earned within the past five years
  • Knowledge of laboratory quality systems and general microbiology/biology.
  • Knowledge of quality systems and scientific processes.
  • Knowledge of general laboratory published policy quality and regulatory requirements.
  • Knowledge of general biosafety guidelines.

This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. 

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code CDC-DSR-2019-0029 in your email.