This position is for a Research Associate - Genetic Counselor at the Center for Health Research (CHR) at Kaiser Permanente Northwest in Portland, OR. Research conducted at CHR is funded primarily by federal grants to support scientific inquiry for the public good. Our research has the potential to inform national policy on the practice of genomic medicine.
We have a posting for a full time (100% FTE) Research Associate - Genetic Counselor. This position will work on clinical genetic research studies, primarily synthesizing literature and likely expanding to working on research studies in the delivery system. Responsibilities may include the following activities:
Evaluate and summarize published literature using an established protocol
Document research activities and ability to follow a protocol
Participate in research reports, publications and presentations
Provide pre-test and post-test counseling to individuals and family members who are enrolled in research protocols, particularly studies using exome sequencing
Interpret and report molecular genetic test results
Medical record documentation.
Provide professional clinical and technical support to investigators in the design and implementation of genetics research studies
Ability to thoroughly and accurately evaluate scientific literature
Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a cohesive team
Basic level of computer operations skills, including word processing, presentations, and internet use
Experience with genetic counseling and research (minimum 5 years with master’s degree)
Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling or Human Genetics
Board Certified or an Active Candidate for Board Certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling
Willing to obtain Washington state Genetic Counselor licensure if hired
Familiarity with exome sequencing
Strong understanding of genetic disorders, genetic testing, and counseling
Open to occasional travel
Please contact Meredith Vandermeer at Meredith.L.Vandermeer@kpchr.org for further information on how to apply.
Internal Number: 768184
About Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research
Founded in 1964, the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (CHR) is a single research center that spans two regions of Kaiser Permanente: Northwest and Hawaii.
With 41 investigators, 243 staff members, and annual revenues of nearly $45 million, we pursue a vigorous agenda of public health research within large, diverse populations. Most of our funding comes from federal grants and contracts. We also receive support from Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit Initiative, private foundations, and industry.
Our research scientists are a highly diverse and skilled group with specialties ranging from psychology to anthropology to economics to epidemiology. Centralized departments provide the infrastructure and expertise necessary to support our investigators as they write grant proposals, conduct studies, analyze data, and publish their findings.
Our close affiliation with the Kaiser Permanente delivery system allows us to conduct studies with real patients and health care providers in real-life settings. KP Northwest enrolls more than 500,000 health plan members and 200,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Our sister research site in Honolulu—affiliat...ed with the Hawaii region of KP—adds significantly to the diversity of our member pool, with 244,000 additional multi-ethnic members. In addition, we cultivate strong working partnerships with academic institutions, community organizations, and other health systems.