Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Genetic Analysis Specialist in New York, New York

Genetic Analysis Specialist

Job Posting Number: 13686

Allied Health – Pathology

New York,NY

July 5, 2017

Company Overview:

At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes.

For the 27th year, MSK has been named a top hospital for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. We are proud to be on Becker’s Healthcare list as one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in 2016, as well as Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards 2017. We’re treating cancer, one patient at a time. Join us and make a difference every day.

Job Details:

In the Diagnostic Molecular Genetics Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, we perform DNA sequencing tests to evaluate and diagnose inherited cancer susceptibilities. The Genetic Analysis Specialist is responsible for accurately identifying and precisely classifying variants/mutations detected through clinical genetic testing. This position involves working closely with molecular pathologists and geneticists to interpret sequence variants and help draft clinical reports for patients undergoing testing.

As a Genetic Analysis Specialist , you will:

  • Review clinical sequencing data output and assist in identifying sequencing artifacts.

  • Use public databases and in-silico tools to determine impact of the variant on the protein function.

  • Read scientific literature to identify and curate the functional outcomes of variants in population level.

  • Assist in classifying variants to different pathogenicity levels based on prior information.

  • Assist in drafting clinical reports for the patients.

  • Work with Clinical Bioinformatics team to incorporate new algorithms and databases into the existing clinical analysis pipelines.

  • Work with Laboratory Director to develop and revise Quality Control (QC) procedures.

  • Work with Laboratory Director and Development Team to work on validations for new assays.

  • Work with Clinical Genetics Service to improve data dissemination between the services.

  • Maintain detailed records of all analyses and curation work.

  • Track specimen information, experimental parameters, clinical pipeline results.

You need:

  • The ideal candidate must be able to critically read, understand, and interpret data from scientific publications.

  • Strong analytical and excellent written and verbal communication skills required.

  • Familiarity with Germline databases, Sanger Sequencing, and Next-generation sequencing (NGS) experience preferred.

  • Master’s Degree required (preferred degree in Genetic Counseling, Molecular Biology, Genetics) or PhD in Life Science (such as Human Genetics/Genetics, Cancer Biology/Molecular Biology).

  • Minimum requirement of 1-3 years of experience interpreting sequencing data.

  • Laboratory and/or clinical experience in cancer genetics and a strong background in Human Genetics is strongly preferred.

Hours : Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm


MSK is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.

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