Works with the Cancer Predisposition Program team to create study educational materials and communicate results to patients and families. May collaborate in the development and implementation of research protocols in cancer genetics and genomics. Works with patients and relatives at risk of an inherited cancer or genetic disorder and advises them of the consequences and nature of the disorder, as well as the probability of developing or transmitting these identified diseases. The genetic counselor also provides patients and relatives with the options open to them in management and family planning in order to prevent, avoid or ameliorate the potential predisposition to developing cancer. Gathers, documents and assesses patient and family member histories. Coordinates research and/or clinical genetic testing. Works as part of a multi-disciplinary healthcare team. Suggests appropriate referrals to consulting medical staff and provides follow up to referring physicians. Assists in outside genetic evaluations with local medical genetics team for St. Jude patients.
At St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, we know what can be achieved when the brightest minds face the fewest barriers for health-related research. That's why we provide world-class facilities, extraordinary support and a collaborative, bench-to-bedside environment that shows firsthand, how science and clinical care translate into survival for the children who we serve.
Currently, we seek a Genetic Counselor with experience in clinical genetics and an interest in cancer diagnostics to participate in clinical and research based genomics initiatives. The Genetic Counselor will be housed in the Division of Cancer Predisposition and work closely with investigators in the Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control. As part of a team consisting of five genetic counselors, a genetics nurse practitioner and numerous physician-scientists including a clinical geneticist, the Genetic Counselor will have the ability to execute cutting edge research in conjunction with comprehensive patient care.
In 2007, St. Jude initiated SJLIFE, a unique clinical study with the primary aim of establishing a lifetime cohort to facilitate evaluation of health-related and quality of life outcomes in aging adults surviving childhood cancer. To further enhance this unique research resource, St. Jude has undertaken expansion of the research to include germline whole genome and whole exome sequencing of the first 3000 patients participating in SJLIFE. The Genetic Counselor will play a key role working with the SJLIFE research team to confirm research results in a CLIA laboratory, communicate results to survivors and their families, establish approaches to collect, update and document family histories for SJLIFE participants and be an active contributor in the ongoing conduct of a broad portfolio of research related to this groundbreaking initiative.
The Genetic Counselor will experience the benefits of working in an environment where patient care and treatment are prioritized above all else. This is a remarkable opportunity to be part of a collaborative, positive workplace where all employees, regardless of their role, share the same commitment to make a difference in the lives of the children we serve. St. Jude is consistently ranked on Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Places to Work For" list and in 2017, St. Jude was rated the number 1 pediatric cancer hospital by U.S. News and World Report.
This position is based in Memphis, TN with relocation assistance available (if needed). Memphis is a family-friendly metropolitan area with a strong and growing genetic counseling community. Memphis is recognized for its world-class music, food and hospitality. Cost of living is one of the biggest attractions; in fact Money listed Memphis as one of the least expensive cities in which to raise a child. Mild winters and beautiful green spaces are part of the reasons why Forbes recently named Memphis the 4th happiest city in which to work.
Two years of clinical and/or research experience required. Genetic Counseling experience preferred
Master's degree in Genetic Counseling from an accredited genetic counseling program required
(LC:GENET-TN)Certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling required. Applicable certification and licensure to practice in the State of Tennessee required
Ready to join a team dedicated to being our best, because we believe anything is possible?
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. St. Jude does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, genetic information, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, veteran’s status or disabled veteran’s status with respect to employment opportunities. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment. St. Jude engages in affirmative action to increase employment opportunities for minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities.