Variant Scientist (UCLA Molecular Diagnostics Lab)

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Job Location
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Job Description

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, is seeking an Assistant Project Scientist to work with the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratories as a Variant Scientist. The incumbent needs to have the ability to independently interpret and draft reports for clinical findings from high throughput molecular diagnostic testing including exome and cancer panel sequencing. The incumbent will be a key member of a clinical team of molecular biologists, medical geneticists, and bioinformaticians working together to analyze new and archival clinical cases based on our high throughput sequencing assays. A Ph.D. degree in genetics (e.g. human genetics, molecular genetics, neurogenetics) or cancer-related fields (e.g. cancer cell biology, cellular and molecular pathology, molecular cancer biology, molecular and medical pharmacology) is preferred. Candidates with a Master’s degree in biology, genetics, genetic counseling, bioinformatics, or computational biology, or other related fields will be considered. Background and expertise bioinformatics, cancer genetics, and/or human genetics will be strongly preferred.

The successful applicant will operate in three major areas: (1) clinical testing: participate in the review of patient results from high-complexity tests such as Clinical Exome Sequencing and the Hematologic Malignancies Sequencing Panel; (2) data curation and archiving: perform, review, and organize variant curation of current cases and archival cases; (3) participate in test development and clinical research projects.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is an integral part of the vibrant UCLA
research enterprise and includes faculty members with a broad array of interests in areas that
include Cancer Cell Biology, Hematopoiesis, Immunology/Inflammation, Metabolomics, and
Stem Cell Biology/Regenerative Medicine. To learn more about departmental research programs,
please visit our web site at

Applicants should upload a statement of interest (up to 1 page explaining why you are applying) and curriculum vitae to by August 1, 2016. Candidates will be evaluated on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy

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