Department Genetics - 423501
Career Area Research Professionals
Posting Open Date 06/20/2022
Application Deadline 07/03/2022
Position Type Temporary Staff (SHRA)
Position Title Soc/Clin Research Specialist
Position Number 20031319
Vacancy ID S019952
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Temporary
Hours per week 40
Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range 24.00 - 28.00
Proposed Start Date 07/18/2022
Estimated Duration of Appointment 6 months not to exceed 11 months
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The mission of the Genetics department is to provide basic and applied
genetic/genomic research, education, and training at the interface between
biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics, the social
sciences, public health, and medicine to have a profound effect on how
medicine will be practiced in the future.
Our graduate programs train students to be creative, sophisticated research
scientists prepared to pursue careers focused on genetics and genomics working
in academic science, government, or commercial positions. Students conduct
their dissertation research using diverse experimental approaches – from
classical genetics to the most modern molecular methods – to address a broad
range of contemporary problems in biomedical science.
The Department also includes a clinical arm focused on medical genetics, which
covers the broad spectrum of clinical genetic research from disease prevention
to diagnosis and treatment. This specialty includes evaluation, mutation
discovery, counseling and risk assessment through analysis and genetic
testing. Locating the clinical group alongside basic scientists facilitates
integration of cutting-edge genetic research with patient care.
The purpose of the Social/Clinical Research Specialist (Coordinator) will be
primarily to support ongoing efforts underway in the Clinical Genome Resource
(ClinGen) research program directed by Dr. Jonathan Berg at UNC.
Coordination will entail assisting ClinGen Clinical Domain Working Groups
(CDWGs) and Expert Panels (EPs) in providing an organizing framework for
disease-specific expert groups to curate relevant genes and variants. The
successful candidate will work with other ClinGen coordinators, the UNC
Biocuration Core, and national and international collaborators to enable the
CDWGs and EPs to uphold the highest standard of curation and expert
interpretation of clinically relevant genes and variants.
The selected candidate will be expected to schedule, host, and participate in
CDWG and EP calls with members of the expert groups, some of which may be
outside of normal business hours. Successful job performance will require
learning and implementing the protocols developed by ClinGen under the
supervision and training from senior staff. He or she will also be required
lab and research meetings within UNC.
Work Planning: Schedule calls, teleconferences and in-person meetings for
CDWGs and EPs. Keep, transcribe, and post meeting minutes on internal website
within one week of the call. Assist in determining timelines for accomplishing
assigned work with input from CDWG and EP co-chairs. Request agenda from co-
chairs and provide to WG members. Maintain a schedule for WG task leader to
provide updates to the SC. Maintain appropriate and up-to-date documentation,
webpages, and social media.
Internal & External Communication: Correspond and follow-up with co-chairs,
domain experts, curators and other ClinGen consortium members. Maintain an
active roster of the WG and help communicate the group's goals to the public
(e.g., regularly maintain the public website with WG products).
Meet semi-annually at professional meetings and conferences for updates,
discussions, and horizon scanning which can include leading break-out teams to
accomplish specific WG goals, presenting talks and posters, and initiating
relevant discussions with external groups and potential contributors. Heighten
global awareness of ClinGen through in-person presentations and networking at
professional society meetings and conferences.
Data Analysis & Presentation of Results: Log and participate in the activities
of the Working Group as discussed with the chair and co-chairs. Maintain
thorough and appropriate documentation of results. Assist in preparation of
research findings using standard computer software (e.g. Excel, PowerPoint,
web-based interface). Communicate with NHGRI, PIs, Director, and other
consortium members to ensure that the WG's activities are accurately and
comprehensively reported in the bi-annual progress reports.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to the field assigned and one year
of related training or experience; or equivalent combination of training and
experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Relevant research experience
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Master's degree or higher in a discipline related to the field; or equivalent
combination of training and experience.
The successful candidate must have strong interpersonal skills and must enjoy
leading, coordinating, organizing, and interacting with diverse groups of
people. They must be a self-starter who is capable of independently
identifying and resolving issues. A strong work ethic and sense of purpose are
necessary. Infrequent travel will be necessary.
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
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