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Director of Genetics (Biochemical and Molecular Genetics)

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Category Medical, Scientific and R&D Location San Juan Capistrano, California Job function Research and Development Job family Scientist
Shift Day Employee type Regular Full-Time Work mode Remote

Pay Range: $170,000 - $200,000 / year


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including relevant skills, training, experience, education,
and, where applicable, certifications obtained. Market and
organizational factors are also considered. Successful
candidates may be eligible to receive annual performance
bonus compensation.


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to support employees and their families in living healthy,
happy lives. Our pay and benefit plans have been designed
to promote employee health in all respects – physical,
financial, and developmental. Depending on whether it is
a part-time or full-time position, some of the benefits
offered may include:
 Medical/Prescription Drugs
 Dental
 Vision
 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
 Supplemental Health Plans
 401(k) Plan – Company match dollar-for-dollar up to 5%
 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP)
 Supplemental Life Insurance
 Dependent Life Insurance
 Short- and Long-Term Disability buy-up
 Blueprint for Wellness
 Emotional Well-Being Resources
 Educational Assistance
 Paid time off / Health Time
 Variable Compensation Plans
 Sales Incentive Plans

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Director of Genetics (Biochemical and Molecular Genetics), remote:

The Director (Licensed) of Genetics (biochemical and molecular genetics) reports directly to the licensed Medical Director, R&D Molecular Genomics & Oncology - Biochemical Genetics Laboratory. In collaboration with other laboratory and R&D directors, Clinical Franchises, and Operations, the Genetics Director is responsible for aligning the Company’s Genetics and Genomics focusing on biochemical genetics and molecular genetics technical, regulatory, and operational strategies to maximize high-quality patient care and ensure continuous business growth throughout the enterprise.

The principal duties are operational, managerial, and technical oversight of biochemical and molecular genetics which include technical interpretation of test results, report sign-out, quality assurance and review of proficiency tests, consultations with physicians on technical aspects of assays, implementation of new or improved genetics assays, assay troubleshooting, technical support to operations’ staff, and review and approval of SOPs. 

The Genetics Director may also serve as the backup for the Scientific and Medical Director under defined circumstances and assumes Clinical Consultant or Technical Supervisor responsibilities as assigned by the Medical Director in R&D Molecular Genomics & Oncology.

This professional can work in a remote capacity. 


Biochemical genetics laboratory 4 days a week

Molecular genetics laboratory 1 day a week

  • Interpret results for of biochemical and molecular genetic testing.
  • Technical consultation with operations staffs.
  • Observe compliance with regulatory agencies, including inspections.
  • Monitor quality assurance at all levels of practice.
  • Ensure that the proficiency testing program is conducted in a timely manner, reviewed by appropriate staff, and approve of corrective action when a proficiency testing result is found to be unsatisfactory.
  • Establish and monitor quality control to ensure that acceptable levels of analytical performance are maintained for each test system. Ensure that patient test results are reported only when the system is functioning properly.
  • Approve all corrective action and preventative action plans and procedure.
  • Monitor compliance in regards to a safe working environment.
  • Approve test method selection and validation.
  • Assist in training of technical staff and other educational activities.
  • Annually review/approve Standard Operating Procedures for test systems and life cycle management.
  • Participate in research and development projects identified by the franchise and assigned by Medical Director, as aligned to experience and expertise.
  • Coordinates with direct supervisor on expert advice to executive leadership and technical personnel regarding development technologies and activities.
  • May participate in working groups of related or associated professional societies and regulatory agencies.
  • Represent Quest Diagnostics at professional meetings and sales functions.
  • Approve Job Assignments and Authorization Matrix (JAAM) and annual Performance and Development Review (PDR) to ensure that all personnel have the appropriate training and demonstrated performance for the type of testing offered.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • MD, and/or Ph.D. or equivalent.
  • Board certified in clinical biochemical genetics and laboratory genetics and genomics/clinical molecular genetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics or equivalent certification.
  • California state limited clinical laboratory scientist license, as required by CA state.
  • Preferred experience: At least 1 year of active clinical sign-out or related experience.

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