The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is seeking to hire a Variant Scientist (Clinical Specialist) to join their Molecular Diagnostics Laboratories clinical team. In this key role, you will curate and interpret germline and somatic variants and draft reports for clinical findings from high throughput molecular diagnostic testing including exome and cancer panel sequencing. Primary duties include:
•Review patient clinical notes and sequencing data from tests such as Clinical Exome Sequencing, Solid Tumor Sequencing Panel, and Hematologic Malignancy Sequencing Panels •Perform variant curation and interpretation, draft clinical reports, present findings, and develop procedures for variant curation and reclassification
Qualifications•Experience in cancer genetics, molecular genetics, and human genetics - strongly preferred •Strong working knowledge of laboratory genetics and genomics (e.g. target capture/amplification and massively parallel sequencing) •Familiarity with using IGV, UCSC/COSMIC genome browsers •Ability to build and maintain rapport with clinicians, genetic counselors, and other personnel •Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills •Skill in computer programming (e.g. R/SAS/Perl/Python), regex, database design, and/or bioinformatics experience is a plus •Excellent time management, organization and follow-through with minimal supervision
UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.
At UCLA Health, you can help heal humankind, one patient at a time by improving health, alleviating suffering and delivering acts of kindness. As you do, you’ll achieve great things in your life and your career. We’re a world-class health organization with four hospitals consistently recognized among the nation’s very best as well as an internationally-renowned medical school, primary and specialty care clinics and much more. Within our dynamic, innovative and growing organization, you’ll find exceptional opportunities to make the most of your abilities in a supportive, empowering and inclusive environment. If you embrace our values of Integrity, Compassion, Respect, Teamwork, Excellence and Discovery we invite you to see all you can accomplish at UCLA Health.