Research Genetic Counsellor
SickKids
Toronto, ON
Genetic Counsellor

Employment Type

Research Genetic Counsellor

Hours of Work

10 hrs/week (0.26 FTE)

Department

Genetic Counselling

Description of Position

The Research Genetic Counsellor will play an important role in assigned projects of the Centre for Genetic Medicine. The Centre’s mandate is to implement genomic testing into clinical care. The successful candidate will be actively involved in the implementation projects of genome sequencing including pre and post testing genetic counselling for patients/families enrolled via research protocol(s), educational activities and the interpretation of results.

Job duties will include, but not be limited to:
Provide post-test disclosure of medically actionable genetic test results in collaboration with genetics and non-genetics specialists.
Assist the individual/family in understanding test results and the potential for cascade testing for family members; provide follow up counselling as indicated.
Assess psychosocial issues and structure counselling session accordingly.
Maintain updated patient records and support initiatives to coordinate genomic data across research studies.
Play an active role in updating and creating research documents (e.g. protocols, consent forms, amendments) for existing and upcoming research projects.
Work in consultation with genomic research investigators to interpret sequence results.
Support the Centre’s educational activities by curating or developing genomic content relevant to stakeholders using a range of communication methods.
Qualifications

Education:
Master of Science in Genetic Counselling and Certification (or eligible for) by the Canadian Association of Genetic Counselling (CAGC) and the American Board of Genetic Counsellors (ABGC).
Significant background and experience with interpreting molecular data preferred (i.e. previous experience in diagnostic or research laboratory or post-graduate (PhD or MSc) degree in molecular genetics).
Professional knowledge of the rapidly changing principles and practice of medical, clinical and laboratory genetics especially with respect to whole genome scanning technologies and the translational issues pertinent to this testing.
Superior critical thinking, organizational, detail focused, time management, decision-making, teamwork, teaching and continuous learning skills.
Effective oral and written presentation and communication skills.
Highly developed computer skills and/or the ability to learn new computer programs.

Experience/Skills:
Experience in variant interpretation and reporting strongly preferred.
Professional knowledge of the rapidly changing principles and practice of medical, clinical and laboratory genetics.
Effective oral and written presentation and communication skills, including telephone counseling.
Superior critical thinking, organizational, time management, decision-making, teaching and continuous learning skills.
Collaborative teamwork skills.
Commitment to the provision of evidence-based, family-centered care.
Highly developed computer skills and/or the ability to learn new computer programs.