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Senior Staff Scientist - Genomics, 1.0 Days (08-HR)

Company: Stanford Health Care
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: June 24, 2022

Job Description:

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Day - 08 Hour (United States of America)

**This is a Stanford Health Care job.**

**A Brief Overview**

The Genomics Scientist (variant analyst) is a vital member of the molecular genetic pathology team. This position involves interaction with diverse team members, including pathologists, laboratory technologists, and bioinformaticians, who work together to provide clinical genetic test results to the Stanford patients. Within this team, the Genomics Scientist is primarily responsible for variant interpretation, i.e. evaluating the biological and clinical relevance of variants identified by diagnostic next generation sequencing. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, drafting clinical reports, contributing to quality, process improvement or development projects, assisting in the design, development and evaluation of new clinical-grade molecular diagnostic tests, evaluating and implementing evolving variant interpretation standards and workflows, and assisting in onboarding new team members and/or training for Stanford University and Hospital students, including pathology fellows and pathology residents.


Stanford Health Care

**What you will do**

+ Identify clinically significant sequence variants (constitutional and/or somatic), using established tools and workflows

+ Collect genetic, clinical, and molecular information from peer-reviewed scientific journals and public data sources

+ Critically analyze and verify the accuracy of published data and abstract information relevant to individual clinical case analyses

+ Review patient medical records and abstract information relevant to individual clinical case analyses

+ Independently classify clinically significant sequence variants

+ Summarize results of analyses and effectively communicate results in both written and verbal formats

+ Meet interpretation turn-around times required in a clinical laboratory setting to provide prompt patient care. Demonstrate efficiency in daily tasks to complete assigned volume within the target turn-around time.

+ Proactively identify or volunteer to address production pressure points and take on projects to improve workplace productivity.

+ Participate in the development of new and enhancements of existing clinical-grade genetic tests

+ Assist in clinical validation of tests

+ Assist in the development or integration of new analysis systems, software tools, and workflows for new and existing laboratory tests

+ Identify and report errors or inconsistencies in analysis tools or online resources

+ Participate in software system verification and other quality improvement projects. Create verification documentation and SOP documentation drafts. Provide suggestions and feedback for SOP improvements of existing tests

+ Lead the implementation of productivity enhancements

+ Curate genes for new test development (Mendelian and/or oncology)

+ Contribute to preparations for audits (documentation, quality monitoring, etc.) to meet CAP/CLIA requirements

+ Create reference or training resource materials. Provide training and educational lectures for rotating students, residents and/or fellows

+ Participate in collaborations with other clinical or research labs and affiliates. Participate in outreach activities that increase the laboratory's visibility in the Stanford community.

+ Consistently adhere to C-I-CARE standards in all interactions with team members and external collaborators. Collaborate to resolve misunderstandings and issues early before they impact timelines, team spirit or morale.

**Education Qualifications**

+ PhD or MS in molecular biology, genetics, or a related discipline/field, from an accredited college or university

**Experience Qualifications**

+ Four (4) years of work experience in the field of genetics or cancer genetics, or combination of relevant experiences. One (1) year or more of work experience in a CLIA-certified clinical laboratory performing diagnostic testing. Of the above, at least one (1) year experience must be with NGS-based tests and at least one (1) year experience in germline or cancer diagnostic testing.

**Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities**

+ Demonstrated understanding of genetics and genomics, including cancer genetics

+ Experience with next generation sequencing and classification of variants

+ Ability to understand scientific literature and experimental procedures, as well as the limitations and applications of this information in a clinical setting. Demonstrated ability to critically evaluate genetic data, research publications and online resources

+ Detail-orientation with strong analytical skills

+ Computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheet applications

+ Strong written and oral English communication skills

+ Experience with databases, tools, and resources (e.g. ClinVar, gnomAD, ExAC, HGMD, COSMIC ) commonly used in human or model organism genetics and genomics required

+ Experience in variant interpretation in a clinical genetic testing laboratory required

+ Experience working both independently and on team-based projects

+ Perform day-to-day operations independently with little assistance from other team members or laboratory directors

+ Give poster or other presentations/talks in front of large audiences

+ Participate in clinical validation of a new test or update to existing test with minimal supervision. Create validation documentation and SOP documentation drafts requiring minimal corrections

**Licenses and Certifications**

+ None

**These principles apply to ALL employees:**

**SHC Commitment to Providing an Exceptional Patient & Family Experience**

_Stanford Health Care sets a high standard for delivering value and an exceptional experience for our patients and families. Candidates for employment and existing employees must adopt and execute C-I-CARE standards for all of patients, families and towards each other. C-I-CARE is the foundation of Stanford's patient-experience and represents a framework for patient-centered interactions. Simply put, we do what it takes to enable and empower patients and families to focus on health, healing and recovery._

_You will do this by executing against our three experience pillars, from the patient and family's perspective:_

+ Know Me: Anticipate my needs and status to deliver effective care

+ Show Me the Way: Guide and prompt my actions to arrive at better outcomes and better health

+ Coordinate for Me: Own the complexity of my care through coordination

**Equal Opportunity Employer Stanford Health Care (SHC) strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in** **all of** **its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, SHC does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements.**

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