Clinical Genomics Variant Scientist
Position: Clinical Genomics Variant Scientist
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Duration: 6 month contract to hire
Our healthcare client in Columbus, Ohio is looking for a Clinical Genomics Variant Scientist to lead a team of analysts that are responsible for accurately identifying and classifying variants detected through the Cytogenetics/Molecular Genetics genetic testing platforms. The Variant Scientist has overall responsibility for surveying published scientific literature and public databases to write scientifically accurate content for clinical reporting and upkeep of the laboratory variant knowledgebase. The Variant Scientist individual will assist with new test development and adapt responsibilities as related to changes in the field of genomics.
- Performs technical review of sequencing (Sanger and Next-Generation) and other molecular data.
- Demonstrates ability to provide accurate and timely variant assessment, including evaluation of published literature and clinical data to provide accurate, thorough, and thoughtful clinical interpretation of results.
- Maintains laboratory variant knowledgebase and assists with curation and harmonization of variant classification changes over time.
- Possesses thorough and ongoing knowledge of current theories and principals of human medical genetics, cancer genetics and hereditary cancer disorders.
- Assists with research, development, and validation of new genomic assays.
- Demonstrates self-management skills. Demonstrates the ability to work efficiently and independently, promoting a team environment and maintaining a cooperative and supportive atmosphere.
- Demonstrates knowledge of and upholds applicable laws and regulations related to position and clinical laboratories. Maintains knowledge of techniques, procedures, and protocols, lab-wide and within lab section. Reviews and acknowledges procedures as required.
- Assists in process development/improvement within the department including participating in quality assurance, continuing education programs, and department meetings.
- Master degree in molecular genetics, human genetics, or molecular pathology with 2-5 years of significant and relevant experience including variant classification (including Genetic Counselors with relevant experience).
- Strong analytical skills and ability to critically read and interpret data from scientific publications.
- Extensive experience in data mining and organization.
- Ability to do technical writing, as well as good communication and computer skills. Good organizational and interpersonal skills. Ability to initiate and work on several projects at a time with minimal supervision; motivation to follow through to completion while adhering to deadlines and maintaining accurate records.