Variant Scientist (Clinical Specialist)

90095, Los Angeles
Jul 24, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time


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


•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.

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