Genomic Variant Scientist in San Juan Capistrano, CA at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 2/3/2021

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At Quest, we are on a continuous journey of discovery and development. It’s this attitude that has made us an industry leader and the #1 Diagnostic Lab in the US. For those joining us, we offer exciting and fast-moving career opportunities where you can affect change at a rate unheard of in many organizations of our size and scope. While we invest in and develop technology to drive our innovations, our ongoing success relies on our people.

As a Genomic Variant Scientist you will work for the world leader in the industry, with a career where you will have the opportunity to collaborate and affect change while expanding your leadership skills and technical knowledge. You can make a real impact in a market that is growing and developing.

The Genomic Variant Scientist can work remotely.

Genomic Variant Scientist, the role:

The Genomic Variant Scientist investigates the clinical significance of gene variants found during genetic testing; searches internal datasets as well as published literature, online mutation databases, or other academic resources; prepares variant assessment summaries and maintains internal variant database for different disease/assay areas. Successful performance of job duties contributes to the achieved expected TAT of testing and quality result analysis with enhanced reporting.

In addition, the Genomic Variant Scientist:

  • Assists genetic directors and counselors in preparing reports and perform additional tasks when necessary.
  • Investigates the pathogenicity of DNA sequence variants found real-time in patients.
  • Customizes clinical report text in collaboration with genetic directors and counselors. 
  • Curates variant database with all pertinent findings.
  • Interfaces with others internally: Various facets of Laboratory Operations, Medical group, R&D group.   
  • Interfaces with others externally: Mutation database curators, journal article authors, clinical and research experts in the field.

To qualify, the ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Molecular biology knowledge and research skills normally acquired through the successful completion of an advanced degree (M.S./Ph.D.) in Genetics, Molecular Biology or related scientific discipline.
  • 6+ years of extensive industrial experience and significant demonstration of capabilities for a candidate with a Bachelor's degree, at least 4 years of relevant industrial experience with a Master's degree, or a Ph.D. with thesis. 
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as peer-reviewed scientific journal articles.
  • Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, analysis of variance and correlation techniques.
  • Exhibits scientific creativity and routinely demonstrates independent thought. 
  • Possesses goal-oriented focus with comfort in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to curate pertinent data findings in a clear and detail-oriented manner.
  • Though laboratory techniques are not physically performed, knowledge in the use of common laboratory equipment and techniques is required.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize responsibilities.
  • Strong analytical skills and proficiency in using Office software such as Access, Excel and Word. 
  • Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in a variety of situations. 

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All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Quest Diagnostics is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Women / Minorities / Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity or Citizenship.

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