Position Description

Medical Genetics Curator, Genetic Counselor
Location NIH/NCBI--Bethesda, Maryland
Job Code MGC1119
# of openings 1
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Computercraft is seeking a genetic counselor or geneticist with clinical genetics and pharmacogenetics experience. This individual will advance the suite of medical genetics resources at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), champion NCBI’s Medical Genetics and Human Variation Program, and facilitate data-sharing efforts for clinicians and researchers in the medical genetics community.

NCBI, part of the National Institutes of Health, has developed and maintains a suite of freely available, comprehensive, and authoritative online resources that help clinicians investigate, diagnose, and manage inherited phenotypes. They also facilitate the adoption of precision medicine in clinical practice. These resources aggregate data that have been curated by a team of geneticists and biologists as well as integrated from authoritative sources through automated workflows.

Genetic counselors and other clinicians use these tools to investigate patients’ genetic conditions, identify reliable genetic tests for making a diagnosis, research the genetic variants associated with phenotypes, and investigate whether pharmacogenetics need to be evaluated before starting therapy. These tools also include clinical guidelines, information on therapeutic approaches, and support for consumers.

Responsibilities:

It is expected that, over time, the position may broaden to address the Genetic Testing Registry (GTR, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gtr/), including evaluating and processing submissions to GTR.

Requirements:

  • M.S. in genetic counseling with ABGC or CBGC certification or Ph.D. in human genetics with board certification in clinical or molecular genetics
  • Pharmacogenetics experience (e.g., experience in a precision medicine clinic or pharmacogenetics department of a hospital or laboratory)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent general computing skills, including familiarity with spreadsheets
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a cross-functional team (e.g., programmers, scientists)
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Ability to adhere to established procedures
  • A detail-oriented perspective
  • A strong desire to support public scientific projects
  • Avid interest in genetic conditions and associated genomic causes

Other Desired Knowledge/Experience:

  • Experience writing scientific articles
  • Comprehension of genetic condition phenotypes and familiarity with disease and phenotype databases
  • Understanding the current “state of affairs” in the medical genetics community, including customer roles and needs from the clinic to testing laboratories, etc.

This is a full-time position.

Computercraft offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, the opportunity for a positive work–life balance with a standard 40-hour work week, and the chance to work alongside a team of highly accomplished professionals.

Computercraft is an equal opportunity employer.

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