Newborn Screening and Genetics Fellowship

North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health
Job Location
4312 District Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607

A competitive salary, health insurance, and professional development allowance will be provided. More information can be found at,

Job Description

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.


1. Research


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.

2. Leadership


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. 



1. A doctorate degree in biological sciences or genetics with at least 2-3 years of research experience.

2. Technical knowledge of newborn screening and/or genetic pediatric diseases is ideal, but not required.

3. The successful candidate must be able to qualify for employment in a high complexity laboratory by the CLIA ’88 requirements for education and experience.

4. Self-starter and a track record for working independently on complex projects.

5. Good written and verbal communication skills.

6. A demonstrated ability to take initiative and responsibility for assignments.

7. Comfort in a fast-paced environment with challenging deadlines, and multiple projects.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job may require extended periods of sitting, typing and extended periods of viewing a computer monitor.

How to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply electronically. Forward your letter of interest and curriculum vitae to [email protected] by June 16, 2017.

If unable to file electronically, please forward your letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:

Sara Beckloff, PhD

NBS Laboratory Manager

Division of Public Health

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

4312 District Drive

1918 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1918

About Our Organization

The State Laboratory of Public Health provides certain medical and environmental laboratory services (testing, consultation and training) to public and private health provider organizations responsible for the promotion, protection and assurance of the health of North Carolina citizens.

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