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Company: University of Washington
Location: Seattle
Posted on: January 25, 2023

Job Description:

If you are using a screen reader and experience any difficulty accessing our web pages, please call 206-543-2544 or email UWHires and we will be happy to assist you. jump to content RESEARCH GENETIC COUNSELOR (GENETICS COUNSELOR 2) RESEARCH GENETIC COUNSELOR (GENETICS COUNSELOR 2) Req #: 214843 Department: DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE: MEDICAL GENETICS Job Location: Seattle Campus Posting Date: 11/08/2022 Closing Info: Closes On 11/21/2022 Salary: $6,897 - $9,580 MONTHLY Shift: First Shift Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.
For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Research Genetic Counselor 2 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: . All of Us Consortium: . Our research has the potential to diagnose patients with undiagnosed genetic diseases and discover new gene-disease associations through the implementation of genomic medicine.

This position includes work as part of a National Institutes of Health funded genomic medicine research study in a national consortium and other research activities, as needed. This position will have duties at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital. Under the general direction of the PI will analyze and interpret family histories and genetic test results for both research programs. Participate in health sciences research. Will provide oversight and work direction for the Genetics Counselor 1 and the research coordinators in the programs.


Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) Study Management - 60%

  • Coordinate testing and transfer of data with labs.
  • Collaborate with and coordinate efforts of local faculty, physicians, genetic counselors, and staff on research study.
  • Collect, summarize, and present patient clinical information for research purposes.
  • Apply clinical expertise for variant interpretation and summarize variants of interest for sequencing analysis reports and discussion with research team.
  • Conduct outreach and develop study recruitment materials for providers and families in the Pacific Northwest region.
  • 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.
  • Collect and report numbers and trends to the NIH regarding applicant engagement and develop enrollment timelines as needed.
  • Work with the UDN Coordinating Center to ensure applicants are appropriately enrolled and UDN timelines are followed appropriately.
  • Learn about and adapt to new testing technologies as they emerge to offer participants appropriate tests.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by Principal Investigators.

    All of Us Consortium (AoU) Study Management - 15%
  • Interpret genomic sequence variants using updated 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.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by AoU supervisors and Principal Investigators.
  • Participate in consortium-wide variant interpretation working group.

    Supervision and Training - 15%
  • Train and supervise genetic counselors and research coordinators.
  • Train physicians in the UDN process and protocol.

    Process Improvement and Documentation - 10%
  • Develop methods to improve the UDN process and increase efficiency and applicant numbers.
  • Document research activities and contribute phenotype and genotype data to network database, per protocol.


  • 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.
  • Two years of professional genetic counseling experience, or equivalent.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Ability to thoroughly and accurately evaluate scientific literature.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a cohesive team.
  • Basic level of computer operations skills, including word processing, presentations, and Internet use.
  • Superb organizational skills.


  • Experience with biomedical research.
  • Strong understanding of genetic disorders, genetic testing, and counseling.
  • Two or more years of professional genetic counseling experience.
  • Open to occasional travel for national meetings.
  • May be required to work an occasional evening or weekend.

  • Accreditation Requirement: Certification by a national certification board for medical genetics personnel as a Genetics Counselor.
  • There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer's responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

    Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
    Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law .

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or .COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENTEmployees of the University of Washington are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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