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The Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Research Genetic Counselor position at the University of Washington. Research conducted within the Division is funded primarily by federal grants to support scientific inquiry for the public good. This position includes work with two National Institutes of Health funded genomic medicine research studies. More information on these studies can be found here:
Undiagnosed Diseases Network: https://www.genome.gov/27550959/undiagnosed-diseases-network-udn/ All of Us Research Program: https://allofus.nih.gov/ This position will have duties at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Anticipated responsibilities of the Research Genetic Counselor include the following, and the effort allocation to the projects may differ based on the project needs:
Undiagnosed Diseases Network
Collect, summarize, and present patient clinical information for research purposes.
Communicate with adult and pediatric patients with undiagnosed disorders and family members of pediatric patients in person or by telephone or electronic communications.
Facilitate study informed consent for research participants and family members.
Provide post-test education and counseling regarding results of genomic sequencing and other advanced diagnostic testing for adult and pediatric research participants and family members.
Apply clinical expertise for variant interpretation and summarize variants of interest for sequencing analysis reports and discussion with research team.
Document research activities and contribute phenotype and genotype data to network database, per protocol.
Collaborate with local faculty, physicians, genetic counselors, and staff on research study.
Conduct outreach and develop study recruitment materials for providers and families in the Pacific Northwest region.
Lead or collaborate on research publications and presentations.
Participate in national network working groups calls and projects.
Collaborate with Research Genetic Counselor Lead on task assignments based on experience and interests
Perform other tasks as assigned by Principal Investigators
All of Us Research Program
Interpret genomic sequence variants using ACMG variant interpretation criteria and other relevant data
Present and discuss sequence variants during team meetings
Draft language for genomic sequencing test reports
Provide input on clinical features and management of reportable conditions
Contribute to the development of project protocols, tools, and systems
Participate in consortium-wide variant interpretation working group
Perform other tasks as assigned by Principal Investigators
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling or Human Genetics from a program accredited by a national certification board for medical genetics personnel
Board Certified or an Active Candidate for Board Certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling
One or more years of professional genetic counseling experience
Ability to thoroughly and accurately evaluate scientific literature
Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team
Superb organizational skills
Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Experience with biomedical research
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
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