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HudsonAlpha - Associate Director - CSL


HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Job Location

601 Genome Way
Huntsville, AL 35806
United States

Job Description

Position: Associated Director

Job Type: Full-Time


The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology ( is a non-profit organization with the mission to use biotechnology and basic biological research to make important discoveries, improve human health, stimulate economic development, inspire young people to seek careers in science and teach members of the public the importance of science in their everyday lives. Located in Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Alabama, one of the world's leading science and technology parks, HudsonAlpha's campus contains state-of-the-art laboratories for biological research and development, as well as education, in the areas of genomics, genetics and personalized medicine.


The Clinical Services Laboratory at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology utilizes genomic information in the diagnosis of patients with cancer and genetic disorders. The laboratory carries out whole genome sequencing utilizes cutting-edge next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology and analysis software in a CLIA/CAP certified laboratory to provide physicians and their patients with comprehensive genomic analysis and reporting. Additionally, the laboratory performs more focused testing utilizing other advanced genomics technologies to assess human health and disease.


The Clinical Services Laboratory of The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology seeks a highly motivated, detail-oriented associate director for the clinical genomics program to lead the expansion of the laboratory's high-volume testing. This position offers a unique opportunity to work closely with a team of molecular and clinical geneticists, genetic counselors, and bioinformaticians to develop high-volume testing utilizing Ilumina NovaSeq, microarray and other technologies in the settings of cancer and rare diseases diagnostics and population screening.

In conjunction with the Director of the Clinical Services Laboratory, the Associate Director assumes responsibility for the clinical activities of the Clinical Services Laboratory. The primary responsibilities focus on high throughput testing, coordinating the teams tasked with testing, informatics, production management and production planning. This individual will work closely with the research and development team to bring new assays into CAP/CLIA compliant production using a variety of molecular genetics platforms. The Associate Director will be one of several directors to review/sign out of clinical cases and communicate with referring providers.

The successful candidate will have a PhD, MD/PhD, or MD (US Medical License not required) and must be certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics in Clinical Molecular Diagnostics or certification by the American Board of Pathology with specialty training in molecular genetics. Fundamental knowledge of human genetics and medical genetics is essential. Expertise in pertinent areas of high-volume testing, clinical molecular genetic testing in both cancer and rare disease, NGS analysis and online human genomics resources is key. Excellent time management and communication skills are important.


  • Coordinate and expand high throughput molecular genetic testing
  • Analyze, review and sign out of results of genomic testing
  • Provide clinical and technical support to referring providers
  • Develop new clinical molecular assays
  • Maintain CAP/CLIA certification


Education and Experience:

  • MD, Ph.D. or both
  • ACMG certification or ABP certification

Required Skills:

  • Experience in high volume molecular testing

Strongly Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with molecular testing for rare diseases and cancer
  • Understanding of NGS technology and related molecular technologies
  • Strong understanding of human and medical genetics

Knowledge of CLIA and CAP regulations

Physical Demands/Environmental Factors/Mental Functions

ADA Requirements The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Disclaimer - All job requirements are subject to possible revision to reflect changes in the position requirements or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a threat or risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties which will be required in this position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor/manager (within guidelines and compliance with Federal and State Laws). Continued employment remains on an "at-will" basis.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position (sit or stand) for prolonged periods (50% of the time).
  • Frequently moving between work areas.
  • Frequently moving, transporting, and positioning materials up to 30 pounds.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception.
  • Frequent operation of common office equipment (e.g. computers, mobile devices, calculators, copiers, scanners) and laboratory equipment.
  • Frequently position self (e.g. stoop, crouch, crawl, bend) and pull/push, grasp/squeeze, wrist flexion/extension, reach to operate and maintain laboratory equipment.

Environmental Factors

  • Exposure to chemical, mechanical and electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes, and airborne particles.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Mental Functions

  • Continuous mental and visual attention, requiring sustained attention and observation.
  • Excellent fine motor skills and hand control in order to pipette accurately.
  • Ability to sustain focus during research procedures (to maintain protocol such as order of operations).
  • Ability to visually observe results and record outcomes on lab logs and/or PC.
  • Basic computer skills are required.
  • Extensive documentation skills, good attention to detail, and exceptional organizational skills are required.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in the English language.
  • Requires the ability to adapt to change efficiently.
  • Ability to independently lead and conduct research, and to evaluate, interpret and present complex scientific data.
  • Capacity to work productively within functionally diverse teams as well as collaborate with external investigators and partners in academic and industrial settings.
  • Ability to prioritize issues and use sound judgment to recognize when additional consultation and/or help is needed.
  • Comfortable working on multiple projects at one time.
  • Strong logical thinking and deduction skills.
  • Ability to effectively present ideas and information in a variety of formats to a wide range of audiences.
  • Positive, Flexible and professional attitude.

It is the policy of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, in accordance with all applicable laws, to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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