The North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health Newborn Screening Laboratory offers an exciting opportunity for a doctorate level candidate to conduct newborn screening and/or genetics research in a public health laboratory. The Ronald H. Laessig Memorial Newborn Screening and Genetics Laboratory Fellowship, sponsored by the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a one to two-year fellowship that provides intensive laboratory training, while also introducing the candidate to the follow-up, treatment and management aspects of newborn screening. The successful fellowship candidate will be based in the North Carolina State Laboratory for Public Health (NCSLPH), and will initially focus on returning Cystic Fibrosis molecular testing to the state laboratory and future expansion projects. This Fellowship will be administered by APHL in collaboration with NCSLPH. The fellow will provide quarterly summaries and updates as well as a final report to APHL.
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
Under the direction of the North Carolina Newborn Screening Laboratory Manager, the Fellow will apply cutting edge molecular techniques to establish a method for reducing false positive cystic fibrosis newborns prior to results being reported out. The fellow will also conduct research projects focused on the practical application of newborn screening technologies, methodologies or practices. The research topics must be discussed and approved by the North Carolina Newborn Screening Laboratory Director, NCSLPH Director, and the Director of Newborn Screening and Genetics at APHL. The candidate is encouraged to work on at least one publication and present at a major scientific conference.
The fellow will work closely with the North Carolina Newborn Screening Laboratory Manager on issues related to the administrative functions of the program. The fellow may work closely with the Newborn Screening Follow-up Program, the Newborn Screening Program’s medical consultants, and State’s Advisory Committee on issues related to newborn screening and genetics. There will be opportunities to attend conferences and meetings related to newborn screening and genetics and meet experts in the field. A professional development plan will be developed to enhance leadership and management skills.
3. Quality Improvement
The fellow will work on state and national quality improvement initiatives to enhance newborn screening testing. This may include, but is not limited to attending site visits to newborn screening laboratories, providing input on quality indicators, assisting in the preparation of a molecular unit quality policy, inspections and identifying solutions to improving quality and timeliness of newborn screening testing.