1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 171660
Posting Date: 09/05/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 
  • It will be necessary to work in other departmental locations in order to meet patient service requirements, especially at Harborview Medical Center.  In addition, less frequent work effort will be required at other UW School of Medicine locations (e.g., South Lake Union) and Seattle-area healthcare institutions.

  • Will be considered essential staff and as such will be required to report to work when scheduled despite inclement weather.

  • Must be able to meet with all shifts on a regular basis.

The Department of Laboratory Medicine serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine. The department now employs 900 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center (ranked among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report), Harborview Medical Center (the region's only Level I Trauma center, known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally- and medically- vulnerable populations.), and many other clinical and research facilities in the area. The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nations premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty.

Our Laboratory Medicine department has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time (80%) VARIANT REVIEW SCIENTIST (RESEARCH CONSULTANT).  The person in this role will review and interpret genetic variants from molecular testing and assist lab directors with interpretation and reporting of exciting new genomic-based diagnostic testing in genetics, with a focus on next-generation sequencing for inherited disorders.  This includes the review of complex genetic panels, exomes, clinical genomes, and other advanced diagnostic testing applied to large research studies supported by the genetics division of Laboratory Medicine, reviewing research genetics testing results, providing expert interpretation, and developing novel methods and techniques to analyze data.

Data Analysis
  • Generates data and responsible for review and interpretation of genomic test results under direction of clinical laboratory directors.                                                                                                                                           
  • Provide analysis and consultant to physicians and scientists in other departments as needed to guide development, implementation and interpretation of genomic test services.

  • Review patient medical history to determine eligibility for exome NGS testing.

  • Write patient reports for review by genetics, neurology, and other healthcare specialty clients.

  • Interpret data from high complexity genomic techniques including next generation sequencing and arrays.

  • Develop and coordinate data analysis strategies and implementation for large research projects.

  • Develop relationships and independently consult experts in the field to assist with interpretation of challenging variants.

Development and Maintenance
  • Responsible to review genomic data and maintain the active knowledgebase for variant interpretation.

  • Update variant curation strategies, variant scoring process, interpretation process, and reporting process on an ongoing basis.

  • Develop expertise in interpreting genetic data from open source and proprietary analysis softwares and databases.

  • Design of tools to assist in more efficient variant review for the variant review scientist and affiliated faculty.
Scholarly activities
  • Responsible for extensive literature review and provide consult, input and collaborates in interdepartmental journal clubs for ongoing education.

  • Responsible to generate, develop, and provide data at client meetings and conferences, when required.

Masters Degree  in genetics, genomics, molecular biology, chemistry, biochemistry or related discipline and two to three years of experience. 

An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.

Ph.D. in genetics, genomics, molecular biology, chemistry, biochemistry or related discipline.

This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced work environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please view this page.

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.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


Posted: 2019-12-05 Expires: 2020-02-06

Before you go...

Our free job seeker tools include alerts for new jobs, saving your favorites, optimized job matching, and more! Just enter your email below.

Share this job:


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104
Facebook Share
Copy Job URL

Join us to start saving your Favorite Jobs!

Sign In Create Account
Powered ByCareerCast