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Position #1106: Genetic Counselor
Position #1102: Genomics Operations Manager
Position #1100: Post Doctoral Researcher





Position #1106: Genetic Counselor


Description:

Job Description – Genetic Counselor

Genetic Counselor sought to join the Genetic Counseling Service at the Ocular Genomic Institute (OGI) in the Department of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School.  The primary goal of the OGI is to translate the promise of personalized genomic medicine into clinical care for ophthalmic disorders.  A major focus of the OGI is to investigate the molecular bases of and develop therapies for inherited retinal disorders.  We are seeking a talented, energetic genetic counselor to join our team providing clinical genetic counseling as well as work with us on research programs in the Institute. 

Responsibilities include:

  1. Clinical responsibilities:
    • Provide genetic counseling to individuals and families on the etiology, occurrence and recurrence risk of inherited eye disorders. 
    • Collect medical and family history from patients and their family by conducting personal interviews, reviewing medical records and conferring with physicians. 
    • Explain procedures, including medical and/or genetic testing, and helping families evaluating risks, benefits and limitations of recommended testing to facilitate informed consent.
    • Coordinate genetic testing including identifying testing labs and preparing laboratory forms.
    • Interpret genetic testing results and convey the genetic, medical and technical information regarding the results, diagnosis, etiology, natural history, prognosis, treatment and management to patient and their family.
    • Coordinate additional testing for patient and family members.
    • Provide short term patient centered counseling and psychological support by assessing psychosocial needs and psychopathology to provide anticipatory guidance.
    • Participate in the developmental of clinical diagnostic services.
  2. Establish and maintain inter-and intradisciplinary professional relationships to augment and enhance the medical care provided by the health care team
    • Serve as the primary contact for families with inherited eye disorders. 
    • Provide training and education to physicians and health care professionals about inherited eye disorders, genetics and the goals of the OGI.
  3. Clinical Research responsibilities
    • Assist with recruitment, enrollment and consent of patients and families for research genetic testing programs.
    • Participate in data collection, recording and reporting of results and information from genetic research programs.
  4. Job Requirements:
    • MS Genetic Counseling from an American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) Accredited training program.
    • ABGC  Board Certification or documentation of Board Eligibility.
    • Holds an active genetic counselor license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or is eligible for a provisional license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Position #1102: Genomics Operations Manager


Description:


Ocular Genomics Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced professional to join the research team in the Ocular Genomics Institute (OGI) at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear (MEE), Harvard Medical School as Genomics Operations Manager.  Researchers in the OGI use genomic techniques to improve our understanding of the genetic causality of and to develop genetic therapies for blinding inherited eye diseases.  The OGI’s Genomics Core provides clinical genetic diagnostic testing and research services, such as whole exome and whole genome sequencing, SNP-based genotype analyses, and copy number variant (CNV) analyses to OGI investigators and the wider vision research community.  The successful candidate for this position will possess technical skills needed to perform DNA and RNA library preparation, sequencing analyses using Illumina NovaSeq, HiSeq and MiSeq platforms, and CNV analyses using the Illumina SNP Chip/iScan platform.  In addition to adept technological skills, we are seeking candidates with the ability to manage, supervise and coordinate the efforts of the genomics technical staff.  A more detailed description of the essential functions of the position and a direct link for applying online to this position can be found at the MEE website, linked here: https://partners.taleo.net/careersection/mee/jobdetail.ftl?job=3116124&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=

Candidates may also email Dr. Eric Pierce directly including a cover letter, resume and 3 references at: Eric_Pierce@meei.harvard.edu

Requirements:  Qualified candidates should hold MS, PhD degrees or relevant certification with two to four years recent and relevant experience.  Experience with targeted enrichment library preparation and next-generation sequencing is required.  SNP array and Sanger sequencing experience is preferred.  Ability to provide frontline management support for a complex, cutting-edge, team-oriented research and service operation is also necessary.

Massachusetts Eye and Ear is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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Position #1100: Post Doctoral Researcher


Description:

We are seeking a talented and motivated postdoctoral fellow to join our team in the Ocular Genomics Institute at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School to investigate the application of AAV-mediated gene therapy and CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology for the treatment of human genetic diseases in the eye.  The eye has been at the forefront of translational gene therapy due to the anatomic accessibility and well-studied immunologic privilege. The first FDA-approved gene therapy for inherited disease is for one form of an inherited retinal degenerative diseases (IRDs). The postdoc will conduct cutting-edge researches to develop therapeutic genome editing approaches for the treatment of several forms of IRDs. The projects are conducted in collaboration with the world’s leading experts in CRISPR field in Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute. This position is available immediately.

Qualified candidates must have a PhD degree in Biology, Genetics, or Biomedical Sciences and have strong molecular/cellular biologic skills.  A strong publication record is preferred. Work experience with genetically modified animal models, CRISPR technology, iPS cells or retinal research is preferred but not absolutely required.  We expect you to be flexible, open to new ideas, ambitious, an out-of-the-box thinker, and result oriented. Attitude is as important as aptitude. Applicants must be proficient in both written and spoken English.  Applicants must have excellent communication and collaboration skills, and be able to work independently as well as in a group environment.

Interested candidates are asked to clearly indicate, in a one to two page cover letter, their lab expertise, especially in genetic and genomics, genome engineering, iPSC or gene therapy, and how you have used your skills and knowledge to shape your science. Candidates should also include a three-four sentence of description on how you would propose to apply CRISPR/Cas9 technology for monogenic inherited diseases.  Please send your CV, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references to:

Dr. Qin Liu, MD, PhD

qin_liu@meei.harvard.edu

Requirements:

Qualified candidates must have a PhD degree in Biology, Genetics, or Biomedical Sciences and have strong molecular/cellular biologic skills. A strong publication record is preferred. Work experience with genetically modified animal models, CRISPR technology, iPS cells or retinal research is preferred but not absolutely required. We expect you to be flexible, open to new ideas, ambitious, an out-of-the-box thinker, and result oriented. Attitude is as important as aptitude. Applicants must be proficient in both written and spoken English. Applicants must have excellent communication and collaboration skills, and be able to work independently as well as in a group environment.

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